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Layla Hamadi


Trainee Clinical Psychologist

What I do

I am a third-year Clinical Psychology trainee. I am currently working with young people in Oxford who have eating disorders for my elective placement.

During the first two years of training, I completed four core placements. I worked at TalkingSpace Plus, an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service for my adult mental health placement. 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. My third placement was in Buckinghamshire Community Learning Disability Health Team, as part of Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. And my final core placement was with older adults in the South Oxfordshire mental health team, covering Abingdon, Wallingford and Thame.

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 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.

Just prior to clinical training, I worked as an Assistant Psychologist with older adults at the Churchill Hospital exploring the efficacy of Dementia Care Mapping  and online CBT resources for carers.


I am particularly interested in the development and clinical application of evidence-based treatments. This includes assessing critically evaluating current research and I have recently reviewed evidence on moderators and mediators of treatment for eating disorders. 

Since beginning clinical training, I have developed an interest in understanding attachment styles, and how early life processes can relate to emotional regulation. I enjoy working with a range of client groups and psychological approaches, including mindfulness, CBT and narrative therapy.


Hamadi, L. & Holliday, J. (2019). Moderators and mediators of outcome in treatments for anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa in adolescents: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials. International Journal of Eating Disorders. 1-17, DOI: 10.1002/eat.23159


Hamadi, L. & Fletcher, H. K. (2019). Are people with an intellectual disability at increased risk of attachment difficulties? A critical review.Journal of Intellectual Disabilities. doi: 10.1177/1744629519864772

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