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Alexandra Keyes

Job title Clinical Psychologist

Area of expertise

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Emetophobia
  • Time intensive cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)


Ally completed her doctorate in clinical psychology and went on to train further in CBT both at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. She has experience of working in a variety of clinical settings including eating disorders, substance misuse, child and adolescent autism spectrum disorders, adult learning disabilities, anxiety disorders and trauma and psychiatry liaison at Guy’s hospital.

During her doctorate, she specialised in anxiety disorders, and was particularly interested in developing time intensive CBT treatments for emetophobia. Ally works with residents at ADRU to develop a shared understanding of how their difficulties developed, and the processes that might be keeping them going. She then supports people to work with these processes, so that they can reclaim their lives from anxiety and live it in the way that is most meaningful to them. Ally also promotes the benefit of research to staff and residents, and facilitates the delivery of research projects within the team.

Education and Training

  • BSc Psychology (Hon) (Newcastle University) 2008
  • MSc Mental Health Studies IoPPN, (King’s College London) 2012
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology IoPPN, (King’s College London) 2017
  • PGDip Cognitive Behavioural Therapies IoPPN, (King’s College London) 2018


Keyes, A., Deale, A., Foster, C., and Veale, D. (2020). Time intensive cognitive behavioural therapy for a specific phobia of vomiting: A single case experimental design. Journal of behavior therapy and experimental psychiatry, 66, 101523.

Keyes, A., Gilpin, H. R., and Veale, D. (2017). Phenomenology, epidemiology, co-morbidity and treatment of a specific phobia of vomiting: A systematic review of an understudied disorder. Clinical psychology review.

Keyes, A. and Veale, D. (2017). Atypical Eating Disorders and Specific Phobia of Vomiting: Clinical Presentations and Treatment Approaches in Anderson, L. K., Murray, S. B., and Kaye, W. H. (Eds.). Clinical Handbook of Complex and Atypical Eating Disorders. Oxford University Press.

Keyes, A and Schmidt, U. (2016). iCBT for Eating Disorders in Lindefors, N., and Andersson, G. (Eds.). Guided Internet-based treatments in psychiatry. Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Keyes, A, et al. "Physical activity and the drive to exercise in anorexia nervosa." International Journal of Eating Disorders 48.1 (2015): 46-54.

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