Dr Louise Waddington

Dr Louise Waddington

Programme Lead (CBT)

School of Psychology

+44 (0)29 2087 5370
Tower Building, 70 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT


I am a clinical psychologist and accredited CBT practitioner with a strong interest in improving access to evidence-based therapies. My background is in adult mental health and as a research therapist on large-scale trials of psychological therapies for anxiety disorders and depression. I lead the  BABCP accredited postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in CBT at Cardiff University and work on the south Wales Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology. I am also Clinic Lead at the Bath University Centre for Specialist Psychological Treatments.

Cognitive & Behavioural Therapies (CBT) Degree Programme


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. On moving to Wales in 2003 I ran the Panic Treatment Project in Cardiff before taking a position as senior clinical tutor on the South Wales Clinical Psychology Programme in  2006. I am now programme lead for the CBT programmes.

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 a committee member for BABCP South East Wales and a reviewer for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy. I am an external examiner for Bath Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme.

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

Research topics

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 here.