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Dr Leila Jameel

Job title Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Dr Leila Jameel is a Clinical Psychologist with the Psychological Interventions Clinic for Outpatients with Psychosis (PICuP). She provides cognitive behavioural therapy for psychosis (CBTp), family interventions for psychosis (FIp), and co-facilitates therapy groups.


Leila completed a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at University College London (UCL). She then went on to work at UCL as a Research Assistant, gaining experience in using clinical neuropsychological approaches to study cognitive processes in a range of different populations, including people with developmental conditions (e.g. autism spectrum disorder and Tourette’s Syndrome) and acquired conditions (e.g. brain injury or dementia).

Leila was awarded an ESRC funded 3+1 studentship to complete an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience and PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology, under Professor Channon’s supervision at UCL. Her PhD research explored cognitive and emotional contributions to everyday social functioning in people with autistic traits. She also worked collaboratively on a number of other research projects and gained experience of supervising students and research assistants.

Throughout her research, Leila took opportunities to gain further direct clinical experience in Honorary Assistant Psychologist roles within the NHS and voluntary roles in the third sector. Leila undertook a three-month fellowship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology during her PhD, which afforded her an insight into how science can inform policy and the work of parliamentarians. Leila also worked as an Assistant Psychologist for 12 months in an NHS-partnership service for people with substance misuse and dependency. Here she gained experience of CBT-based and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)-based approaches to the treatment of substance misuse.

Leila went on to complete the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the IoPPN, King’s College London. During her clinical training, she began to develop her knowledge and experience of working clinically with people with psychosis, in inpatient and community settings. Leila also completed her doctoral research under the supervision of Dr Lucia Valmaggia and Dr Matteo Cella. She completed a systematic review examining how digital technology can improve the care of people with psychosis and bipolar disorder. Her empirical project used virtual reality environments to support the assessment and intervention of social difficulties in people with a first episode psychosis.

Since qualifying, Leila has worked at PICuP. She has developed an interest in DBT and is keen to explore using this approach to support the management of emotional dysregulation and/or interpersonal difficulties in people with psychosis. 

Education and Training

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, 2020
  • PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology, University College London, 2016
  • MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, 2012
  • BSc in Psychology, University College London, 2010 


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