Prof Deborah Christie

Tel: 020 3447 9086
Email: Deborah.christie@uclh.nhs.uk

Location:
University College Hospital

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

Professional background

Dr Christie is a consultant clinical psychologist and honorary reader in paediatric and adolescent psychology. She is currently clinical lead for the department of child and adolescent psychological services which has an international reputation for it's application of systemic psychological practices in the care of young people with chronic illness.  
 
Dr 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 the department of psychological medicine as a clinical psychologist. 12 years ago Dr Christie joined UCLH in order to set up the adolescent unit with colleagues. She was awarded 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. Dr Christie is an international trainer and speaker in motivational interviewing and solution foused therapies and has published over 80 papers in peer reveiwed journals.

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

  • Christie,D. (2013) Psycho-social interventions for children and adolescents with diabetes: A clinical review (Diabetes Management, 3(2) 161-169)
  • Dovey-Pearce,G., Christie,D.,(2013) Children and adolescents with diabetes move on: shouldn’t you. A review of transition practice and policy. Paediatrics and Child health 23 (4)174 -179
  • Christie, D., (2012) Developing the National Paediatric Diabetes Audit Patient Reported Experience measure Diabetes Care for children and young people 1(2)47-48
  • Christie, D. (2008). Dancing with diabetes: brief therapy conversations with children, young people and families living with diabetes. European Diabetes Nursing, 5(1), 28-32.
  • Christie, D., Romano, G. M., Thompson, R., Viner, R. M., & Hindmarsh, P. C. (2008). Attitudes to psychological groups in a paediatric and adolescent diabetes service - implications for service delivery. Pediatric Diabetes, 9(4), 388-392.
  • Christie, D. (2007). Helpful conversations with young people and families living with diabetes. Journal of Diabetes Nursing. 25 (9) 1056 - 1061
  • Christie D., Viner R., (2009) Chronic Illness and Transition: Time for action. Adolescent Medicine 20(3) 981-987
  • Christie, D., Strange, V., Allen, E., Oliver, S., Wong, I.C.K,, Smith, F., Cairns, J., Thompson, R., Hindmarsh, P. O’Neill, S., Bull, C., Viner, R. Elbourne, D. (2009) Maximising engagement, motivation and long term changes in a Structured Intensive Education Programme in Diabetes for children, young people and their families: Child and Adolescent Structured Competencies Approach to Diabetes Education (CASCADE) BMC Paediatrics, 9:57, 1-10 http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2431/9/57
  • Borg,J., Christie,D., Coen,P., Booy,R., Viner R. (2009) Outcomes of meningococcal disease in adolescence: a prospective matched cohort study. Pediatrics, 123(3): e502-9.
  • Legood,R., Coen,P.G., Knox,K., Viner,R.M., El Bashir,H., Christie,D., Patel,B.C., Booy,R. (2009) Health-related quality of life in survivors of pneumococcal meningitis. Acta Paediatrica, 98(3): 543-7.
  • Christie,D., Griffin,A. (2008) Taking the psycho out of psychomatic: Using systemic approaches in a paediatric setting for the treatment of adolescents with unexplained physical symptoms. Child Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry. Vol 13(4): 531–542.
  • Christie,D. (2008) Dancing with diabetes: brief therapy conversations with children, young people and families living with diabetes. European Diabetes Nursing 5(1), 28-32.
  • Christie, D., Romano, G.M., Thompson, R., Viner, R.M., Hindmarsh, P.C. (2008) Attitudes to psychological groups in a paediatric and adolescent diabetes service - implications for service delivery. Pediatric Diabetes 9(4), 388-392.
  • Griffin, A. and Christie, D. (2008) Taking a systemic perspective on neuropsychological assessments and reports: Reflections of a paediatric and adolescent psychology service. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 13(2), 209-219.
  • Christie, D. (2007) Helpful conversations with young people and families living with diabetes. Journal of Diabetes Nursing .