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Dr Bruce Clark

Senior Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Area of expertise
Dr Bruce Clark is a Senior Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and an expert in obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), leading the national and specialist OCD, BDD and Related Disorders Service at Maudsley Hospital.

He has considerable expertise in the assessment and management of autism spectrum disorders, OCD, BDD, ADHD, depression, anxiety disorder, as well as behavioural management issues.

Dr Clark has considerable experience in the use of complex medication packages to support the treatment of mental health issues, in children and young people.

Dr Clark’s previous research interests have included the basic molecular and cellular mechanisms underpinning mental health difficulties. He is now involved in research looking at improving access to high-quality evidence-based treatments, particularly in relation to OCD and BDD. This has also included research around how to improve access to CAMHS services, including specialist mental health services.

Dr Clark’s first degree was in Pathology at The University of Edinburgh. He then completed training in Medicine, at The University of Edinburgh. Dr Clark then worked for three years in general medicine, at The Royal London Hospital.

He completed postgraduate and specialist psychiatric training as a child and adolescent psychiatrist, at The Bethlem and Maudsley Hospitals.

In addition, Dr Clark completed a Welcome Research Fellowship at the Institute of Psychiatry, in the Department of Neuroscience.

Dr Clark has been a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Trust, since 2003. He joined the national and specialist OCD, BDD and Related Disorders Service in 2012.

Dr Clark is also a specialist visiting psychiatrist as part of the Maudsley Health Team in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Dr Clark has an active interest in promoting access to treatment for children and young people with OCD and BDD. He has made several television appearances on these topics, as well as contributing with publications in books, news, social and other media.

Education and training
  • BSc(Hons) in Pathology, 1989, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • MB ChB 1992, University of Edinburgh Medical School, UK
  • MRCPsych, 1997, Royal College of Psychiatristst, London, UK

Starting at the Beginning: Laying the Foundation for Lifelong Mental Health.Hodes, Gau and De Vries. Elsevier Chapter on OCD: Clark, B R, Krebs G and Cottrell D, August 2020

Appearance Anxiety: A book on BDD for Young People, Families and Professionals. Jessica Kingsley Publications, 2019


Jassi, A.D., Shahriyarmolki, K., Taylor, T., Peile, L., Challacombe, F., Clark, B. and Veale, D. (in press). OCD and COVID-19: a new frontier. Cognitive Behaviour Therapist

Rautio, D., Jassi, A.D., Krebs, G, Monzani, B., Gumpert, , M., Lewis, A., PeilE, L., , Sevilla-Cermeño, L., Jansson-Fröjmark, M., Lundgren, T., Hillborg, M., Silverberg-Morse, M., Clark, B., de la Cruz, L., Mataix-Cols, D. (in press). Clinical characteristics of 172 children and adolescents with body dysmorphic disorder. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Buckley, V., Krebs, G., Bowyer, L., Jassi, A., Goodman, R., Clark, B R 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.

de la Cruz, L. F., Jassi, A., Krebs, G., Clark, B R., 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.

Nair A., Wong Y L., Barrow F., Heyman I., Clark B R. and Krebs G. (2015). Has the first-line management of paediatric OCD improved following the introduction of NICE guidelines? British Medical Journal

Clark B R. and Everall I. P. What is the Role of the HIV Liaison Psychiatrist? Genitourin. Med. 73, 568-570 (1997).

Stephanis N, Rabe-Hesketh S, Clark B. R. and Bebbington (1999). An evaluation of a psychiatric emergency clinic. J. Mental Health, 8, 29-49.

Williamson R, Clark B. R., Graham G, Reynolds C.H., Everall I and B.H. Anderton B.H. (2002). Rapid tyrosine phosphorylation of neuronal proteins including MAP2c and tau in response to amyloid- peptide (A) exposure: involvement of src family kinases. J. Neuroscience., 124,1001-1012.