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Holly Banfield

BSc (Hons), MSc

Trainee Clinical Psychologist

I am in my third and final year of clinical training and I am currently on my elective placement at the North Oxfordshire Learning Disability Team in Banbury. My previous core placements include:

  • The Specialist Memory Service in Milton Keynes
  • The North Oxfordshire Learning Disability Team in Banbury
  • The Campbell Centre in Milton Keynes - an acute inpatient mental health service for adults
  • Milton Keynes Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)


Prior to training I worked as an Assistant Psychologist in a forensic mental health service for adults, where I enjoyed working in a large psychology team. I have also worked in a forensic CAMHS and in the community supporting adults with autism spectrum conditions and learning disabilities.


My doctoral research is focusing on individual differences in affective flexibility and how they influence the trajectory of anxiety and worry over time. This research is supervised by Professor Elaine Fox and Dr Maud Grol from the Oxford Centre for Emotions and Affective Neuroscience (OCEAN).

I am also interested in compassion and mindfulness based approaches. My dissertation's systematic review will focus on the impact of mindfulness on attention and cognitive flexibility.