Deborah Christie

Professor of Paediatric and Adolescent Psychology

University College London Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust



Deborah Christie is Professor of Pediatric and Adolescent Psychology and Consultant clinical psychologist/clinical lead for pediatric and adolescent psychological services at University College London Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust. The service has an international reputation for the application of systemic psychological practices in the care of young people with chronic illness. Professor Christie was awarded a Ph.D in neurobiology from UCL. She was a Fulbright Scholar, an MRC research fellow (University of Oxford) and Leukaemia Research Fellow at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Professor Christie has received a number of awards – the Diabetes Award in Adolescent Health and Best Practice award for managing obesity (2001) the award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in clinical health psychology (2004) and she and her team were awarded the Quality in Care Best Initiative for young people with diabetes (2016). She was the first non-North American to receive the Adele Hoffman visiting professorship in adolescent health and medicine (2013) and was awarded an honorary fellowship by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in 2017. Currently she is serving as President of the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine (2018/19). She has a passion for working with young people searching for ways to live with chronic illness. She is an international presenter and trainer in motivational and solution focused therapies and works with multidisciplinary teams to help them engage and communicate effectively with children, young people and families living with chronic illness and managing complexity. She has published over 100 peer reviewed papers and chapters and is co-editor of the bestselling Psychosocial aspects of diabetes in children, adolescents and families. She is currently Co-Editor in Chief of Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Research interests include neuropsychological outcomes in children and adolescent survivors of meningitis, quality of life measures in chronic illness, and the development of effective multidisciplinary interventions for diabetes and obesity in children.