Internationally respected academic and award-winning clinician Professor Deborah Christie joined HLP-U in January 2022.

A consultant clinical psychologist, transformational executive coach and Myers-Briggs type indicator practitioner, Deborah is an inspirational trainer and presenter in communication skills, motivational interviewing and solution-focused therapies.

Her exceptional reputation has been built upon an outstanding record of peer-reviewed publications, teaching and leadership in innovative clinical programmes in the field of adolescent health.

Working with HLP-U

Deborah is now looking forward to ensuring clinical excellence and an outstanding patient experience at HLP-U. She is committed to being a visible, accessible and professionally authoritative presence, providing leadership and participating fully in the ongoing development and implementation of HLP-U’s services.

Drawing upon her considerable expertise and experience, she will help set the vision and direction for HLP-U lifestyle and therapeutic services. One priority is to support the establishment and sustainability of services, and take a leading role in continuous and innovative development and successful service delivery.

As clinical director she will ensure safe, effective and efficient service delivery to achieve maximum performance and satisfaction for providers and clients.

Deborah has long championed diversity and inclusion, working to ensure equal opportunities and safe spaces for all. Rather than being something that sets people apart, Deborah has long held that our differences are something we can celebrate together.

Career highlights

  • Developing an internationally recognised clinical service at Great Ormond Street Hospital and University College London Hospital, and concurrently researched delivery of psychologically-driven chronic illness management in adolescence.
  • Professor of paediatric and adolescent psychology at University College London Hospital with grant income of nearly £8 million.
  • Published more than 200 peer reviewed papers, chapters and books.
  • Sc. psychology and Ph.D. neurobiology (UCL).
  • Fulbright scholar and MRC research fellow (Oxford) and leukaemia research fellow (Institute of Child Health).
  • Editor-in-chief of Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
  • Honorary fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
  • Diabetes research and Wellness Foundation Research Advisory Board member.
  • Delivering a peer-reviewed patient reported experience measure to 29,000 young people with diabetes over three years as part of the national paediatric diabetes audit.
  • Past president of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.
  • Adele Hoffman research fellow.