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Dr Louise Waddington

Dr Louise Waddington

Therapies Director

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


I am 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 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.

I have acted as an independent reserach rater on a number of CBT studies such as Ehlers et al. (2014) and Barkham et al. (2021)


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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