Catherine Houlihan

BSc (Hons), MBPsS

Trainee Clinical Psychologist

I am in my final year of clinical psychology training and undertaking a 12-month specialist placement in a local eating disorders service. Working across adult inpatient, daypatient, and outpatient settings I will deliver psychological interventions including individual CBT-E, family, and group therapy. I am also co-facilitating a CBT course within psychological services in Oxfordshire. This involves the clinical supervision of psychiatry trainees in delivering short-term CBT over a 10-week period.

I have previously completed placements in child and adolescent and adult mental health (year one), and work with older adults and people with learning disabilities (year two).

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My doctoral research project explores the development of new treatments for eating disorders. My empirical paper will examine the effects of an online training progamme in modifying cognitive bias using a single case series design. This new and exiting area of research will be the first of its kind to use a clinical sample of adults with eating disorders. Additionally I am involved in ongoing research with eating disorder services in London and Birmingham. 


Current interests within clinical psychology include the transdiagnostic approach to eating disorders and body image.

I am also interested in the adaptation and application of leading cognitive-behavioural models to a child and adolecscent population.