Dr Deborah Christie

Dr Deborah Christie is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Honorary Senior Lecturer and Head of paediatric and adolescent psychology at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since 1998.

Her Ph.D was in neurobiology exploring the effects of early brain damage and recovery of function. She received a Fulbright scholarship and studied at the NorthEastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine teaching functional neuroanatomy and carrying out research on the anatomical substrates for conditioned learning. As a Medical Research Council post doctoral Fellow Dr Christie spent 3 years at Oxford University before joining Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children completing research into long term learning difficulties associated with treatment for cancer in children.

She currently works with young people who are searching for ways to live with chronic illness including Diabetes, Obesity, Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue and Chronic Pain Syndromes. Current research interests include neuropsychological outcomes in children and adolescent survivors of meningitis, quality of life measures in chronic illness and the development of effective multidisciplinary interventions for diabetes and obesity in children and adolescents. Dr Christie developed the Healthy Eating Lifestyle Programme (HELP) as part of the University College Hospital Weight Management Clinic. HELP has also been incorporated into 'Watch-It' a community based programme in Leeds. The programme has won several prizes for innovative practice and most recently won the National Obesity Forum award for excellence in practice.

In 2001 Dr Christie was awarded the Association for the study of Obesity Best Practice award and the Society for Adolescent Medicine Diabetes award in Adolescent Health. She received the award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Clinical Health Psychology in 2004.

She has published over 80 peer reviewed papers and book chapters. Dr Christie has been co-investigator on several grants and is head of a research group that has recently been awarded 1.8 million pounds by the Health Technology Assessment to investigate a psychologically based structured education programme for children and families living with Diabetes