Clinical Advisors

Professor David Clark

Prof  David ClarkBorn in Darlington, England. He studied Experimental Psychology at Oxford University. His clinical training was at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London in Clinical Psychology. He was a lecturer in Clinical Psychology and Professor in Psychiatry research fellow at Oxford University.

Since 2000, he has been Professor of Psychology and Head of the Psychology Department at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London. He is also Director of the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma at the Maudsley Hospital and (Honorary) Clinical and Research Advisor to the Northern Ireland Centre for Trauma and Transformation in Omagh. He was won many awards and is a fellow at three medical academies. Professor Clark’s research focuses on cognitive approaches to the understanding and treatment of anxiety disorders. His research involves a closely integrated programme of experimental and clinical studies.

Professor Cary Cooper CBE

Cary L. Cooper, is Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health, Lancaster University Management School and Pro Vice Chancellor (External Relations) at Lancaster University. He is also the President of RELATE, Chair of the Academy of Social Sciences and President of the Institute of Welfare. He is the author of over 100 books (on occupational stress, stress medicine and industrial and organizational psychology), has written over 400 scholarly articles for academic journals, and is a frequent contributor to national newspapers, TV and radio.

Professor Robert Edelmann

Prof Robert EldermannProfessor Robert J. Edelmann is a Chartered Clinical, Forensic and Health Psychologist working in private practice. From 1986 until 1997 he was involved in Clinical Psychology training at the University of Surrey. His most recent academic appointment was as a Research Chair at the University of Surrey, Roehampton where he currently holds an Honorary Chair.

Professor Edelmann is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a registered Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists. He is the author of books on anxiety research and blushing. His main research interests relate to chronic blushing and social phobia and he has published many articles and book chapters on these topics.

Dr David Baldwin

David Baldwin is an Anxiety UK clinical advisor/patron and Professor of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton, and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Service hosted by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. He trained in medicine at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School, and in psychiatry at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School and The Maudsley Hospital. He is a Fellow of many institutions and societies including The Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Professor Baldwin’s research interests include the clinical psychopharmacology of anxiety and depressive disorders and the prevention of suicidal behaviour. He has a professional interest in public education about mental disorder and its treatment. He is the author of many books and articles in journals. He is currently conducting investigations of attentional and interpretive bias in patients with generalized anxiety disorder, and in social phobia, before and after pharmacological and psychological treatment.

Professor Adrian Wells

Adrian Wells is a Professor of Clinical and Experimental Psychopathology at Manchester University, Professor II in Clinical Psychology at the Norwegian University Trondheim, and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care NHS Trust. His research interests include cognitive factors in the cause and maintenance of emotional disorders, cognitive theory and cognitive therapy of anxiety disorders. He is the originator of metacognitive theory and therapy and director of the the Metacognitive Therapy Institute ( He has contributed widely to the development of cognitive behaviour therapy for anxiety disorders and has published many peer review papers and books in this area.

Dr Fred Penzel

Dr  Fred PenzelFred Penzel, is a licensed psychologist who has specialised in the treatment of OCD and related disorders since 1982. He is the executive director of Western Suffolk Psychological Services in Huntington, Long Island, New York, a private treatment group specializing in OCD and O-C related problems, and is a founding member of both the OCF and TLC Science Advisory Boards. Dr. Penzel is the author of books dealing with the subjects of OCD, O-C and Trichotillomania. He is also a frequent contributor to OC Foundation’s newsletter and In Touch, the newsletter of TLC.

Professor David Nutt

Dr  David NuttProfessor Nutt heads a group called the Psychopharmacology Unit in Bristol University. This is researching the biological basis of anxiety and phobias and trying to understand how current effective treatments work. Using these two approaches it is hoped that even better interventions will be developed.

Professor Paul Salkovskis

Prof Paul SalkovskisMr Salkovskis Professor of Clinical Psychology and Applied Science at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London and Clinical Director at the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust since October 2000. He is the editor of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy and has published over 170 articles, mainly on anxiety disorders.

Research has focussed on the importance of distorted thinking in the understanding of emotional disorders, and on ways of modifying such negative thinking in order to change problematic behaviours and control negative emotional reactions. This has involved the development, validation and evaluation of cognitive-behavioural theories of and treatments for anxiety disorders.

Professor Karina Lovell

Katrina LovellKarina is a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Manchester. She is an accredited cognitive behaviour therapist and is a past president of the BABCP. Her main research interests are developing alternative and accessible interventions for people with common mental health problems. Karina has a particular interest in self help materials for people experiencing anxiety and depression.

Professor Ursula James

Ursula JamesUrsula James is the premier hypnotherapy practitioner and teacher in the UK. She lectures at eight UK medical schools, including Oxford and Cambridge, and has helped thousands of people overcome phobias, remove unwanted habits, and optimise their performance through her unique fusion of hypnosis and coaching. Ursula has recently been appointed as the Visiting Professor, School of Health and Social Science, Robert Gordon University Aberdeen.

She is a regular contributor to radio and television, including ‘This Morning’, where she is the phobia expert, and she has her own series on Channel 5. Author of two books, the Clinical Hypnosis Textbook, and You Can Be Amazing – change your life with hypnosis, she has been a long time supporter of Anxiety UK and helped establish the popular hypnotherapy volunteer scheme seven years ago. She currently runs workshops for Anxiety UK (“Phobic No More” and “Tric No More”) and has produced a “Controlling Anxiety” CD approved by Anxiety UK, which has shown to be very helpful for anxiety sufferers.

Chris Williams

Chris WilliamsDr Chris Williams is Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the University of Glasgow. His main clinical and research interest is in the evaluation of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approaches that provide wider access to care. This includes the free-access life skills course which has over 31 million hits a year. He has an interest in written and computer-based self-help treatments for anxiety, depression, anorexia and bulimia and is a Past-President and Honorary Fellow of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies – the lead body for CBT (  He is a Patron of Triumph Over Phobia ( His research has focused on the evaluation of CBT and CBT self-help interventions in low mood, bulimia, anorexia, medically unexplained symptoms and community-based classes for low mood and stress.

Sam Cartwright-Hatton

Sam  CartwrightHattonSam Cartwright-Hatton is a clinical psychologist who started her career with a D.Phil (PhD) in the Department of Psychiatry at Oxford, under the direction of Adrian Wells. The subject of this thesis was a MetaCognitive model of Generalised Anxiety Disorder in Adults.

During subsequent clinical psychology training in Manchester, she developed an interest in the far less well-researched area of anxiety in childhood. On qualifying, she joined the Manchester clinical course as academic tutor, whilst working half-time as a clinical psychologist in the Manchester Children’s Trust.  Eighteen months after qualification, she was awarded a 3-year NHS executive fellowship to develop her research in anxiety in childhood, with Professor Richard Harrington, which was followed by a 4-year MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship, to trial a new intervention for families of young anxious children.

Sam joined the University of Sussex in 2011 with an NIHR Career Development Award to develop and test a preventative intervention aimed at families with an anxious parent.  She was awarded the British Psychological Society Award May Davidson Award in 2009 in recognition of her research into anxiety of childhood.