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Dr Louise Waddington

Dr Louise Waddington

Therapies Director

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+44 (0)29 2087 5370
Adeilad y Tŵr, Plas y Parc, Caerdydd, CF10 3AT


I'm a clinical psychologist and BABCP-accredited CBT practitioner with a strong interest in improving access to evidence-based therapies. My background includes working as a therapist on research trials of different psychological therapies for anxiety disorders and depression, and leading the Bath University Centre for Specialist Psychological Treatments. I established the CBT programmes at Cardiff University and I am now Therapies Director for the south Wales Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology.



Following qualification in 2006 I worked as a clinical psychologist in adult mental health and forensic services in Leeds while working one day a week as a research therapist on a trial of CBT for depression. I then moved to London and worked at the Institute of Psychiatry as a research therapist on trials of CBT for anxiety disorders with Salkovskis, Ehlers and Clark. On moving to Wales in 2003 I led the Panic Treatment Project in Cardiff before taking a position as senior clinical tutor on the South Wales Clinical Psychology Programme in 2006. I established  new CBT training programmes at Cardiff Unveristy in 2012 and took a role as clinic lead in the Bath University Centre for Specialist Psychological Treatments. I am now Therapies Director for the South Wales Clinical Psychology Programme.

Professional activities and interests

I am interested in evidence based therapies for common mental health problems. I presented at the CBT4Wales Conference on access to psychological therapies in Wales. I am Chair of CBT4Wales, a member of the BABCP course accreditation committee and a reviewer for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy.

Conference presentations

Waddington, L. (2014) Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies: A comparison between two devolved nations. CBT4 Wales Conference, Cardiff

Waddington, L. (2009) The therapy relationship in CBT: Practical Skills BABCP  Conference, Exeter.

Waddington, L. (2003)I wish I hadn’t said that…. Post-event processing in social phobia.  BABCP Conference, York












My  research expertise stems from working as a research therapiest on large-scale trials of psychological therapies for anxiety disorders and depression. My research interests continue to centre around cognitive behavioural practice with a particular emphasis on factors associated with the development of effective therapy skills and evaluating the experience and impact of therapies training. I also have an interest in supporting research associated with the wellbeing of healthcare staff. Examples of previous publications are shown below:

  • Waddington, L. (2019) Panic Disorder as a Psychological Problem. In: Davey, G. (ed) Classic Studies in Clinical Psychology. Sage, London.
  • Rayson, K., Hare, D., Waddington, L. (in press) The quality of research exploring in-session measures of CBT competence: a systematic review. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy.
  • Haddon, L, Groom, M., Waddington, L. (2018) The effectiveness of CBT training on service delivery systems: a benchmarking study  The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 11 Jenkins, H, Thomas, N, Waddington, L, Hare, D. (2018) The Experience of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Training: A Mixed Methods Systematic Review The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 11, 1-22.
  • Onslow, L., Woodward, D., Waddington, L. (2016) Experiences of enhanced cognitive therapy for bulimia Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 44 (2) Waddington, L and Jury, R. (2013) Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies: A comparison between two devolved nations. The CBT Therapist, Vol. 6.
  • Ehlers, A., Clark, D., Hackmann, A., et al. (2010) Intensive Cognitive Therapy for PTSD: A Feasibility Study. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 38.
  • McManus, F., Clark, D., Grey, N. et al. (2009) A demonstration of the efficacy of two of the components of cognitive therapy for social phobia. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23 (4) Clark, D.C.,
  • Ehlers, A., Hackman, A., et al. (2006) Cognitive therapy vs exposure and applied relaxation in social phobia: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74 (3) 568-578
  • Waddington, L. (2002) The therapy relationship in cognitive therapy: A review. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 3
  • Waddington, L. & Morley, S. (2000) Availability bias in clinical formulation. British Journal of Medical Psychology, 73.


Postgraduate research interests

If you are interested in applying for a PhD, or for further information regarding my postgraduate research, please contact me directly (contact details available on the 'Overview' page), or submit a formal application.

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