Layla Hamadi


Trainee Clinical Psychologist

What I do

I am currently in my second year of Clinical Psychology training working in the Buckinghamshire Community Learning Disability Health Team, as part of Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. My first placement was in adult mental health at TalkingSpace Plus, an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service in Oxford. I then moved to a placement in Aylesbury, based in the ‘Getting More Help’ Mood and Stress pathway (Tier 3) within North Buckinghamshire Community CAMHS. This pathway works with young people with moderate to severe mental health difficulties.
Before starting training, I completed an undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology at Queen’s University Belfast, and a Masters degree in Medical Anthropology at the University of Oxford, where I developed a keen interest in mental health.
I subsequently worked at the CAMHS and adult inpatient wards at the Warneford Hospital, while studying for my psychology degree at Oxford Brookes University. At the Department of Psychiatry, I assisted in the dissemination of web-based training programmes as a Research Assistant to Prof Christopher Fairburn. During this role I also contributed to systematic reviews, under the supervision of Prof Andrea Cipriani and Prof Keith Hawton.
More recently, I worked as an Assistant Psychologist with older adults at the Churchill Hospital. The primary projects I assisted with included 1) an RCT measuring whether we can improve the mental health of carers of people with dementia using an online CBT course; 2) a large-scale study investigating whether Dementia Care Mapping is a useful and cost-effective tool for improving person-centred care in care homes.
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I am interested in the treatment of eating disorders in adults and children. I hope to focus my research efforts on understanding moderators and mediators of treatment for anorexia nervosa.
I have a growing interest in understanding attachment, and early life processes on emotional regulation. I hope to integrate this into my clinical work and research, as I progress through training.


Cooper, Z., Bailey-Straebler, S., Morgan, K. E., O'Connor, M. E., Caddy, C., Hamadi, L. & Fairburn, C. G. (2017). Using the internet to train therapists: Randomized comparison of two scalable methods. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19, e355. doi: 10.2196/jmir.8336


McCloud TL, Caddy C, Jochim J, Rendell JM, Diamond PR, Shuttleworth C, Brett D, Amit BH, McShane R, Hamadi L, Hawton K, Cipriani A. (2015). Ketamine and other glutamate receptor modulators for depression in bipolar disorder in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 9. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011611.pub2

Posters and presentations

Hamadi, L., Davies, R. & Anderson, G. M. (2015, July). The effect of drive for thinness on attention in an eye-tracking study. Poster presentation at the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies conference, Warwick University