Prof Deborah Christie

Tel: 020 3447 9086
Email: Deborah.christie2@nhs.net

Location:
University College Hospital

Specialities:
Children and young people's psychological services, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Children and young people's services

Professional background

Deborah Christie is Professor of paediatric and adolescent psychology and consultant clinical psychologist/clinical lead for paediatric and adolescent psychological services at University College London Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust where she has worked since 1998. The service has an international reputation for it's application of systemic psychological practices in the care of young people with chronic illness. Professor Christie was awarded a Ph.D in neurobiology from UCL and was a Fulbright Scholar before joining the University of Oxford Department of experimental  psychology as an MRC research fellow. She joined Great Ormond Street Hospital as a leukaemia research fellow prior to joining the department of psychological medicine as a clinical psychologist.. Professor Christie has received a number of awards – the Diabetes Award in Adolescent Health and Society for Adolescent Medicine best practice award for managing obesity in 2001 and the award for outstanding scientific achievement in clinical health psychology in 2004. Most recently the she and her team were awarded the Quality in Care Best initiative for young people with diabetes She was the first non North American to receive the Adele Hoffman visiting professorship in adolescent health and medicine. She is President of the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine (2018/19) and was awarded an honorary fellowship by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in 2017. She is currently Co-Editor in Chief of Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

 

Professor Christie has a passion for working with young people searching for ways to live with chronic illness. She is an international presenter and trainer in motivational and solution focused therapies and works with multidisciplinary teams to help them engage and communicate effectively with children, young people and families living with chronic illness and managing complexity. Professor Christie has published over 100 peer reviewed papers and chapters and is co-editor of a bestselling book Psychosocial aspects of diabetes in children, adolescents and families.

Research interests

Psychological adjustment in chronic illness in adoelscence including Diabetes, Obesity, Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue and Chronic Pain Syndromes. 
Evaluation of psychologically-driven chronic illness management   Neuropsychological outcomes in children and adolescent survivors of meningitis   Quality of life measures in chronic illness.

Publications

  1. Wilson et al: Defining young adults health care needs SAHM Position paper Journal of Adolescent health
  2. Panca M., Viner, R.M.,  White, B., Pandya, T., Melo, H.,  Adamo, M.,  Batterham, R.,  Christie, D.,Kinra, S., Morris, S. Cost-effectiveness of bariatric surgery in adolescents with severe obesity in the UK (2018) Clinical Obesity
  3. Caes, L., Orchard, A., Christie, D., (2017) Connecting the Mind Body split: Understanding the relationship between symptoms and emotional well-being in Chronic Pain and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Healthcare – in press
  4. Flannery,H., Glew, S., Brewster, A.,  Christie, D., (2017) Healthcare Measuring outcomes of psychological well-being within paediatric health settings,  Healthcare
  5. Panca,M., Viner, R.M., White,B., Pandya, T., Melo,H., Adamo,M., Batterham,R., Christie, D., Kinra,S., Morris, S. Cost-effectiveness of a community-delivered multi-component intervention compared with enhanced standard care of obese adolescents: cost-utility analysis alongside a randomised controlled trial (the HELP Trial) BMJ Open
  6. Khanlokar, White, Hindmarsh,Viner, Christie Impact of deprivation, ethnicity, and insulin pump therapy on developmental trajectories of diabetes control in COB type 1 diabetes.
  7. Fantaguzzi, C., Allen, E., Miners, A. et al. Health-related quality of life associated with bullying and aggression: a cross-sectional study in English secondary schools Eur J Health Econ (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10198-017-0908-4
  8. Coughtrey A, Millington A, Bennett S, Christie D, Hough R, Su M, Constantinou M, Shafran R The Effectiveness of Psychosocial Interventions for Psychological Outcomes in Paediatric Oncology: A Systematic Review Journal of pain and symptom management 26 Sep 2017
  9. Viner,R., White,B., Christie, D., Type 2 diabetes in adolescents: a severe phenotype posing major clinical challenges and public health burden Lancet Vol 389, 10085(2252-2260) https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)31371-5
  10. Viner et al Burden of child and adolescent obesity for on health clinical services in England Archives of disease in Childhood
  11. White et al Survey of anti-obesity drug prescribing for obese children and young people in UK primary care BMJ Paediatrics Open
  12. Grey, N., Christie,D. et al ( 2017) The Use of Medication by Adolescents and Young Adults SAHM Position Paper Journal of Adolescent health
  13. Christie D1,2, Glew S(2017) A clinical review of communication training for haematologists and haemato-oncologists: a case of art versus science. Br J Haematol. Jul;178(1):11-19. doi: 10.1111/bjh.14606. Epub 2017 May 22.
  14. Shevlin et al Social, Familial and Psychological Risk Factors for any Endocrine, Nutritional and Metabolic Disorders in Childhood and Early Adulthood: A Birth Cohort Study Using the Danish Registry System. Current Psychology DOI: 10.1007/s12144-017-9687-4
  15. Deborah Christie, PhD; Harunor Rashid, MD; Haitham El Bashir, MD; Faye Sweeney, BA; Tim Shore, BA; Robert Booy, MD; Russell MViner, M.D. Ph.D. Impact of meningitis on intelligence and developmental delay: a systematic review and meta-analysis, PLOS ONE
  16. Doyle, J., Colville,S., Brown,P., Christie, D., (2018) How adolescents decide upon bariatric surgery: An interpretative phenomenological analysis" Clinical Obesity
  17. Casdagli L, Christie D, Girling I, Ali S, Fredman G (2017) Evaluating the Tree of Life project: An innovative way of engaging children and young people with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Care for Children & Young People 6: XX–XX
  18. Christie, D., Hudson, L.D., Kinra, S., Wong, I.C., Nazareth, I., Cole, T.J., Sovio, U., Gregson, J., Kessel, A.S., Mathiot, A., Morris, S. (2017). A community-based motivational personalised lifestyle intervention to reduce BMI in obese adolescents: results from the Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Programme (HELP) randomised controlled trial. Archives of Disease in Childhood. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2016-311586
  19. Bevilacqua, L., Shackleton, N., Hale, D., Allen, E., Bond, L., Christie, D., Elbourne, D., Fitzgerald-Yau, N., Fletcher, A., Jones, R., Miners, A. (2017). The role of family and school-level factors in bullying and cyberbullying: a cross-sectional study. BMC Pediatrics. doi: 10.1186/s12887-017-0907-8
  20. Fantaguzzi, C., Allen, E., Miners, A., Christie, D., Opondo, C., Sadique, Z., Fletcher, A., Grieve, R., Bonell, C., Viner, R.M., Legood, R. (2017). Health-related quality of life associated with bullying and aggression: a cross-sectional study in English secondary schools. European Journal of Health Economics, 1-11. doi:10.1007/s10198-017-0908-4
  21. Viner, R., White, B., Christie, D. (2017). Type 2 diabetes in adolescents: a severe phenotype posing major clinical challenges and public health burden. The Lancet, 389(10085), 2252-2260.
  22. Viner, R.M., Kinra, S., Cole, T., Christie, D., Hudson, L., Kessel, A., Morris, S., Nazareth, I., Nicholls, D., White, B., Wong, I.C.K., Saxena, S. (2017). Burden of child and adolescent obesity for clinical services across the treatment pathway in England: Analysis of national survey data. Archives of Disease in Childhood.
  23. Bonell, C.,Mathiot, A., Allen, E., Bevilacqua, L., Christie, D., Elbourne, D., Fletcher, A., Grieve, R., Legood, R., Scott, S., Warren, E., Wiggins, M., Viner, R.M. (2017) Initiating change locally in bullying and aggression through the school environment (INCLUSIVE) Trial: update to cluster randomised controlled trial protocol. Trials, 18(1).
  24. Christie, D., Glew, S. (2017). A clinical review of communication training for haematologists and haemato-oncologists: a case of art versus science. British Journal of Haematology, 178(1), 11-19. doi:10.1111/bjh.14606.
  25. Cai, R.A., Holt, R.I.G., Casdagli, L., Viner, R.M., Thompson, R., Barnard, K., Christie, D. (2017). Development of an acceptable and feasible self-management group for children, young people and families living with Type 1 diabetes. Diabetic medicine, 34(6), 813-820.
  26. Christie, D., McFarlane, F., Casdagli, L., Fredman, G. (2016). Witnessing Outsider Witnessing: A reciprocal witnessing workshop with young people reclaiming their lives back from pain and fatigue. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Research. doi: 10.15761/PMRR.1000122
  27. Viner, R.M., White, W.J., Amin, R., Peters,, Khanolkar, A., Christie, D., Hindmarsh, P.C. (2016). Impact of Deprivation, Ethnicity and Insulin pump therapy on Developmental Trajectories of diabetes control in Type 1 diabetes. Pediatric Diabetes. doi: 10.1111/pedi.12407
  28. Bower, W.F., Christie, D., de Gennaro, M., Latthe, P., Raes, A., Ramao, R, Taghizadeh, A., Wood, D., Woodhouse, C.R., Bauer, S.B. (2016). The transition of young adults with lifelong urological needs from pediatric to adult services: An international children's continence society position statement. Neurourology and Urodynamics, 36(3), 811-819. doi: 10.1002/nau.23039
  29. Christie, D., Thompson, R., Sawtell, M., Allen, E., Cairns, J., Smith, F., Jamieson, E., Hargreaves, K., Ingold, A., Brooks, L., Wiggins, M. (2016). Effectiveness of a structured educational intervention using psychological delivery methods in children and adolescents with poorly controlled type 1 diabetes: a cluster-randomized controlled trial of the CASCADE intervention. BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care 2016, 4(1). doi:1136/bmjdrc-2015-000165
  30. White, B., Doyle, J., Colville, S., Nicholls, D., Viner, R.M., Christie, D. (2015). Systematic review of psychological and social outcomes of adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery, and predictors of success. Clinical Obesity, 5(6), 312-324.
  31. Shevlin, M., Coen, P. G., Borg, J., Booy, R., Viner, R. M., Christie, D. (2015). Development of a Health Related Quality of Life Measure for Adolescents and Young Adults Following Invasive Meningococcal Disease. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 1-12.
  32. White, B., Jamieson, L., Clifford, S., Shield, J. P. H., Christie, D., Smith, F., Wong, I.C., Viner, R. M. (2015). Adolescent experiences of anti‐obesity drugs. Clinical obesity, 5(3), 116-126.
  33. Girling, I., Colville, S., Borrelli, M., Bowman, N., Christie, D. (2015). From referral to discharge: Young people and parents’ experience of a systemic paediatric psychology service. Clinical child psychology and psychiatry, 21(2), 297-307. doi 1359104515589639.
  34. Sawtell, M., Jamieson, L., Wiggins, M., Smith, F., Ingold, A., Hargreaves, K., …Christie, D. (2015). Implementing a structured education program for children with diabetes: lessons learnt from an integrated process evaluation. BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care, 3(1), e000065.
  35. Weiner, B., Michelagnoli,M, Drake,R., Christie,D (2016). Screening for distress in young people after treatment for sarcoma – a feasibility study. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, Jan-Feb;33(1):25-32. doi: 10.1177/1043454214563933. Epub 2015 Feb 2.
  36. Girling, I., Day, E., Fazakerley, K., Gray, T., Hindmarsh, P., Musgrove, N., ...Christie, D.(2015). Developing a patient reported experience measure (PREM) for young people with Type 1 Diabetes. Practical Diabetes, 32 (4), 142-147.
  37. Girling, I., Colville, S., Borrelli, M., Bowman, N., Christie, D. (2015). From referral to discharge: Young people and parents’ experience of a systemic paediatric psychology service. Clinical child psychology and psychiatry, 1359104515589639.
  38. Doyle, J., Colville, S., Brown, P., Christie, D. (2014). ‘For the cases we've had… I don't think anybody has had enormous confidence’ - Exploring ‘Uncertainty’ in adolescent bariatric teams: an interpretative phenomenological analysis Clinical Obesity, 4 (1), 45-52. doi:10.1111/cob.12039
  39. Christie, D., Thompson, R., Sawtell, M., Allen, E., Cairns, J., Smith, F., ...Viner, R.(2014). Structured, intensive education maximising engagement, motivation and long-term change for children and young people with diabetes: a cluster randomised controlled trial with integral process and economic evaluation - the CASCADE study. Health Technol Assess, 18 (20), 1-202. doi:10.3310/hta18200

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