Layla Hamadi


Trainee Clinical Psychologist

What I do

I am currently in my first year of Clinical Psychology training. My first placement was in adult mental health at TalkingSpace Plus, an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service in Oxford. I am currently on placement in Aylesbury, based in the ‘Getting More Help’ Mood and Stress pathway (Tier 3) within North Buckinghamshire Community CAMHS. The ‘Getting More Help’ 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 translation of evidence-based treatments from the research lab to the therapy room. I am looking forward to building on previous experience with young people and am specifically interested in clinical and research work in eating disorders.


McCloud TL, Caddy C, Jochim J, Rendell JM, Diamond PR, Shuttleworth C, Brett D, Amit BH, McShane R, Hamadi L, Hawton K, Cipriani A. Ketamine and other glutamate receptor modulators for depression in bipolar disorder in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD011611. 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