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Dr Jessica Richardson

Principal Clinical Psychologist


Biography
Dr Jess Richardson is the team manager for the national and specialist CAMHS Trauma, Anxiety and Depression Clinic at the Michael Rutter Centre, Maudsley Hospital. She specialises in working with children and young people with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders and depression. Jess is an accredited Practitioner, Supervisor and Trainer for the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and is additionally trained in eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), narrative exposure therapy (NET) and interpersonal psychotherapy for adolescents (IPTA).

Jess also has a clinical and research interest in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and is part of a national team developing this group approach for young people with anxiety and depression. Jess has co-authored several MindEd online resources about anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and school refusal and BBC Bitsesize materials to support families during the pandemic.

Dr Jess Richardson started working in the Trauma, Anxiety and Depression Clinic in 2012 and has extensive experience of working with young people with trauma, anxiety and depression. Jess has also worked in local CAMH services across the Trust including as the Lead Psychologist. Jess has provided supervision and training to clinicians at a national level including on cognitive behavioural therapy for different disorders and on supervision.

Since 2013, Jess has worked additionally as the Co-Director at Kings College London for CYP IAPT (Children and Young People’s Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies). In this role Jess co-leads the multi-modality training courses at KCL (currently over 200 students yearly) and works closely with NHSE, HEE, DfE within this role to deliver the trainings. Jess trains and supports clinical leads and supervisors across London in their onsite delivery of new low intensity programmes including the newly formed mental health support teams in schools. Within this role, Jess also supports trainees and supervisors to provide local services that have accessible evidence-based therapies with clear care pathways, using regular feedback tools and with young people participation at the forefront.

Education and training
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University College London, 2007
  • BA Psychology, Sheffield University, 2000

Publications
Ford, T., Richardson, J., Wilkinson, K., Smith, P., Berry, V., Barnhofer, T., Fox, J. and Kuyken, W. (2020). Could mindfulness-based cognitive therapy prevent a lifelong recurrent course of depression or anxiety by addressing key mechanisms of vulnerability in high-risk adolescents? In: British Journal of Psychiatry, 216, 4, p175-177

Ames, C., Richardson, J., Payne, S., Smith, P., and Leigh, E. (2014). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression in adolescents. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 19, 1, 74-78