Area of expertise
Research interests include OCD, BDD and related disorders; phenomenology, factors affecting treatment outcomes, developing and improving treatments for these conditions, impact of ethnicity on access and treatment, family accommodation, ASD, multi-family group.
Dr Amita Jassi is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the National and Specialist OCD, BDD and Related Disorder Service for Children and Young People (South London and Maudsley NHS Trust). She has worked with this client group since 2006. Amita is the lead for the BDD branch of the service as well as the research lead for the clinic.
In her clinical role, she leads multi-disciplinary specialist assessments and develops and delivers individually-tailored treatment packages, including intensive, home-based and inpatient treatment, as well as offering consultation and joint work with clinicians around the country. Amita has taught and trained nationally and internationally on child and adolescent OCD and BDD and engages with media to help increase awareness and understanding of OCD, BDD and related disorders.
Following the completion of her training in Clinical Psychology in 2006, Dr Jassi worked in socially deprived areas in West London setting up Psychology services in pre-school children in Children Centres. Following this, in 2008 she returned to South London and Maudsley NHS Trust to work on the first randomised controlled trial to examine the effectiveness of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in people with Autism. This fused her passion of working with OCD whilst undertaking high quality clinical research.
This fusion has continued when she joined the National Specialist OCD, BDD and related disorders team in 2010, where she worked on further trials as well as contributing to the clinical service. Her career has continued within the team where she is now a Consultant Clinical Psychologist leading the pioneering BDD branch of the service. She is also the research lead for the service, supporting the team to continue to contribute to the evidence-base with clinically informed high quality research in OCD, BDD and related disorders.
Awards and grants
2012 – NHS Hero award – won award following nomination by young person for going ‘above and beyond’ what was needed for his OCD treatment.
2012 – Biomedical Research Centre (principal investigator) – awarded two days a week for six months pay cover to work on research examining treatment outcomes for treatment resistant OCD and improving treatments for people with ASD and OCD.
2012 – Awarded £43000 by Maudsley Charity Grant (co-applicant) – Children from ethnic minorities with obsessive compulsive disorder: reducing inequalities and improving access to evidence-based treatment.
2014 – Awarded £24,000 by Maudsley Charity (co-applicant) – Internet-based cognitive behaviour therapy for children and adolescents with OCD: development of a novel program
2016 – Biomedical Research Centre (principal investigator) – awarded one day a week for nine months to develop and evaluate treatment protocol for young people with OCD and ASD.
2016 – Awarded £50,000 – Maudsley Charity (principal investigator) – Reducing inequalities in access to services for OCD for young people and families from ethnic minority backgrounds.
Education and training
- BSc (Hons) Psychology, Brunel University, 2002.
- DClinPsy, Kings College London (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience), 2006.
Aspvall, K., Lenhard, F., Melin, K., Krebs, G., Norlin, L., Näsström, K., Jassi, A.D ... and Andersson, E. (2020). Implementation of internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy for pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder: Lessons from clinics in Sweden, United Kingdom and Australia. Internet interventions, 20.
Brown, H. M., Lester, K. J., Jassi, A.D., Heyman, I., and Krebs, G. (2015). Paediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder and depressive symptoms: Clinical correlates and CBT treatment outcomes. Journal of abnormal child psychology, 43(5), 933-942.
Buckley, V., Krebs, G., Bowyer, L., Jassi, A.D., Goodman, R., Clark, B., and Stringaris, A. (2018). Innovations in Practice: Body dysmorphic disorder in youth–using the Development and Well‐Being Assessment as a tool to improve detection in routine clinical practice. Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
Christie, D., and Jassi, A.D. (2002). ‘Oh no he doesn’t!’, ‘Oh yes he does!’: comparing parent and teacher perceptions in Tourette’s syndrome. Clinical child psychology and psychiatry, 7(4), 553-558.
de la Cruz, L. F., Kolvenbach, S., Vidal-Ribas, P., Jassi, A.D, Llorens, M., Patel, N., … and Mataix-Cols, D. (2016). Illness perception, help-seeking attitudes, and knowledge related to obsessive–compulsive disorder across different ethnic groups: a community survey. Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology, 51(3), 455-464.
de la Cruz, L. F., Jassi, A.D, Krebs, G., Clark, B., and Mataix-Cols, D. (2015). Phenomenology and treatment outcomes in children and adolescents from ethnic minorities with obsessive–compulsive disorder. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 4, 30-36.
de la Cruz, L. F., Llorens, M., Jassi, A.D, Krebs, G., Vidal-Ribas, P., Radua, J., … and Mataix-Cols, D. (2015). Ethnic inequalities in the use of secondary and tertiary mental health services among patients with obsessive–compulsive disorder. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 207(6), 530-535.
Jassi, A.D. (2013). Can I tell you about OCD?: A guide for friends, family and professionals. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Jassi, A.D. (2020). Challenging OCD in young people with ASD. A CBT manual for therapists. London, UK. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Jassi, A.D. (2020). Challenge your OCD! A CBT workbook for young people with ASD. London, UK. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Jassi, A.D, Clark., B., Bowyer, L., Lewis, A., Peile, L., Monzani, B. and Krebs, L. (2019). Appearance Anxiety: A book on BDD for Young People, Families and Professionals. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London.
Jassi, A. D., and Kindynis, Z. (2020). Using exposure with young children. Exposure Therapy for Children with Anxiety and OCD: Clinician's Guide to Integrated Treatment, 271.
Jassi, A. D., Kolvenbach, S., Heyman, I., Macleod, T., Rose, J., and Diamond, H. (2016). Increasing knowledge about obsessive compulsive disorder and support for parents and schools: Evaluation of initiatives. Health Education Journal, 75(5), 600-609.
Jassi, A.D. and Krebs, G. Working with challenging young people and families. In Storch, E. A., McGuire, J. F., and McKay, D. (Eds.). (2017). The Clinician’s Guide to Cognitive-behavioral Therapy for Childhood Obsessive-compulsive Disorder. Academic Press.
Jassi, A.D, and Krebs, G. (2020). Treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder in a young person with autism spectrum disorder. In Advanced Casebook of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders (pp. 137-159). Academic Press.
Jassi, A.D., Krebs, G., Lewis, A., and Stobie, B. (2018). Treatment of OCD in a young person: Using the C in CBT. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, 82(4), 326-343.
Jassi, A.D., Lenhard, F., Krebs, G., Gumpert, M., Jolstedt, M., Andrén, P., ... and Mataix-Cols, D. (2020). The work and social adjustment scale, youth and parent versions: psychometric evaluation of a brief measure of functional impairment in young people. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 1-8.
Jassi, A. D., Patel, N., Lang, K., Heyman, I., and Krebs, G. (2016). Ritualised eating in young people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; clinical characteristics and treatment outcomes. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 8, 1-8.
Keleher, J., Jassi, A.D, and Krebs, G. (2020). Clinician-reported barriers to using exposure with response prevention in the treatment of paediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 24, 100498.
Kolvenbach, S., Fernández de la Cruz, L., Mataix‐Cols, D., Patel, N., and Jassi, A.D. (2018). Perceived treatment barriers and experiences in the use of services for obsessive–compulsive disorder across different ethnic groups: a thematic analysis. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 23(2), 99-106.
Krebs, G., Isomura, K., Lang, K., Jassi, A.D., Heyman, I., Diamond, H., … and Mataix‐Cols, D. (2015). How resistant is ‘treatment‐resistant’ obsessive‐compulsive disorder in youth? British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 54(1), 63-75.
Krebs, G., Murray, K., and Jassi, A.D. (2016). Modified Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Severe, Treatment‐Resistant Obsessive‐Compulsive Disorder in an Adolescent With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of clinical psychology, 72(11), 1162-1173.
Krebs, G., Quinn, R., and Jassi, A.D. (2019). Is perfectionism a risk factor for adolescent body dysmorphic symptoms? Evidence for a prospective association. Journal of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, 22, 100445.
Martin, A. F., Jassi, A.D., Cullen, A. E., Broadbent, M., Downs, J., and Krebs, G. (2020). Co-occurring obsessive–compulsive disorder and autism spectrum disorder in young people: prevalence, clinical characteristics and outcomes. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 1-9.
Monzani, B., Jassi, A.D., Heyman, I., Turner, C., Volz, C., and Krebs, G. (2015). Transformation obsessions in paediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder: Clinical characteristics and treatment response to cognitive behaviour therapy. Journal of behavior therapy and experimental psychiatry, 48, 75-81.
Murray, K., Jassi, A.D., Mataix-Cols, D., Barrow, F., and Krebs, G. (2015). Outcomes of cognitive behaviour therapy for obsessive–compulsive disorder in young people with and without autism spectrum disorders: A case controlled study. Psychiatry research, 228(1), 8-13.
Ritvo, R. A., Ritvo, E. R., Guthrie, D., Ritvo, M. J., Hufnagel, D. H., McMahon, W., Tonge, B., Mataix-Cols, D., Jassi, A.D., Attwood, T. and Eloff, J. (2011). The Ritvo Autism Asperger Diagnostic Scale-Revised (RAADS-R): a scale to assist the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in adults: an international validation study. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 41(8), 1076-1089.
Russell, A. J., Jassi, A.D., Fullana, M. A., Mack, H., Johnston, K., Heyman, I., … and Mataix‐Cols, D. (2013). Cognitive behavior therapy for comorbid obsessive‐compulsive disorder in high‐functioning autism spectrum disorders: A randomized controlled trial. Depression and Anxiety, 30(8), 697-708.
Russell, A., Jassi, A.D, and Johnston, K. (2018). OCD and Autism: A Clinician’s Guide to Adapting CBT. London, UK. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Schnackenberg, N., Monzani, B. and Jassi, A.D. (2020). The Parents' Guide to Body Dysmorphic Disorder: How to Support Your Child, Teen or Young Adult. London, UK. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.