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Molly Coony

Job title Lead Nurse and Team Leader

Area of expertise

  • Child and adolescent psychiatric emergencies and crisis presentations

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy

  • Medically unexplained symptoms and functional neurological disorder

  • Comorbid mental and physical health conditions


Molly Cooney is the team leader and Clinical Nurse Specialist of the national and specialist Paediatric Liaison service at St Thomas’ Hospital and the Trust. She is also lead nurse for national and specialist outpatients at the Trust.

She holds degrees in psychology and nursing and has completed an MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at UCL. Her main clinical interests are child and adolescent psychiatric emergencies and the use of CBT in the treatment of medically unexplained symptoms, functional neurological disorder and comorbid mental and physical health conditions.

Education and Training

  • MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for children and young people (University College London), 2019
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing (Kings College London), 2010
  • BSc in Psychology and English (Keele University), 2008


Evaluation of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for anxiety in presentations of medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) in children and young people: an exploratory multiple case study M.Cooney, H. Bhatt, B. Baig, A. Cobbald, S. Dunsmuir European Psychiatry 56S (2019) S3–S444

Medically unexplained symptoms in children: clinical and socio demographic predictors of symptoms in a specialist paediatric liaison service B. Baig1*, O. Day 2, M. Cooney3, S. Yao 4, D. Imeson, J. Kerr3 European Psychiatry 56S (2019) S789–S843

Child and adolescent mental health services: A case study in confused priorities Health Service Journal, Nov 23rd (2018) Dr Daniel Poulter, Dr Ben Baig, Molly Cooney, Dr Sarah Cornick

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