Sophie Bennett

Sophie Bennett

Ms, PhD, DClinPsy

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    Research interests

    I am a clinical academic psychologist specialising in child and adolescent mental health and specifically in 1) the integration of physical and mental health care and 2) increasing access to psychological treatments through ‘low intensity’ interventions, including peer support. I led the day to day management of a recently completed NIHR Programme Grant on which I am Co-I, and an associated Epilepsy Research UK Grant on which I am PI (lifetime total grant income: PI£142,668.00; Co-I £3.5m). My current research and clinical work focuses on a range of topics associated with integrated and low intensity mental health interventions, including work on modular interventions, in eating disorders, persistent physical symptoms including functional neurological disorder, and in long term physical health conditions in children and young people. 

    I am involved in several large collaborations related to my work, including my role as mental health representative for the RCPCH Epilepsy12 national audits of epilepsy services and member of the International League Against Epilepsy Integrated Mental Health Care Pathways Committee. I am lead editor of a textbook, ‘the Oxford Guide to Brief and Low Intensity Interventions for Children and Young People’, including chapters from the leading international researchers in the field, published by Oxford University Press in July 2022 (

    I am the research lead for an active Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Research Advisory Group (20 members), who have advised on the development of research procedures, intervention and dissemination for our studies investigating the interface between physical and mental health. The PPI work in our research has been highlighted by the NIHR as an example of good practice. I regularly provide external training on the delivery of evidence-based psychological therapies for children with neurological conditions to medical and mental health professionals and to families and patient groups e.g. HOPE for Paediatric Epilepsy, London. I am current trustee and previous Vice Chair of this charity and have provided mental health expertise at monthly groups in addition to facilitating remote peer support groups.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy, Mental health of children and young people with neurological conditions, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

    Award Date: 1 Dec 2024

    Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Development of a novel EEG paradigm to investigate the neural correlates of children’s emotion understanding, University College London

    Award Date: 31 Oct 2013

    Natural Sciences (Psychology), Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge

    Award Date: 31 Jul 2008

    External positions

    Honorary Associate Professor, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

    9 Jan 2023 → …

    Honorary Clinical Psychologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

    13 Jan 2014 → …

    Honorary Clinical Psychologist, Maudsley Centre for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders, Michael Rutter Centre for Children and Young People, Maudsley Hospital, London SE5 8AZ, UK.


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