Senior Lecturer/Reader in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology

Job Title: Senior Lecturer/Reader in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Contract Type: Full-time
Location: Cardiff
Salary: £51,799 - £60,022 per annum (Senior Lecturer) or £61,818 - £63,668 per annum (Reader)
Contact Name: Emma Meilak
Contact Email:
Job Published: September 15, 2021 12:22

Job Description

Vacancy Number: 11949BR

Senior Lecturer/Reader in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology 

Division of Psychological Medicine and Neurosciences

Wolfson Centre for Young People’s Mental Health, (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Section),

Cardiff University School of Medicine 

College of Biomedical and Life Sciences

Here is a rare opportunity for an exceptional individual to take a pivotal role in developing child and adolescent clinical psychology research capacity at Cardiff University.  The £10 million Wolfson Centre for Young People’s Mental Health sits in the Division of Psychological Medicine.  The Division is home to a world leading Child and Adolescent Psychiatry section led by Professor Anita Thapar. The new Wolfson Centre offers internationally unique opportunities for nation-wide research. The Centre hosts the all Wales Schools Health Research Network (Social Sciences, Cardiff University) that collects rich data on pupils across every secondary school in Wales and SAIL (Swansea University) which hosts primary and secondary care health, education and social care data on the whole population of Wales. Our research covers population mental health, genetics, interventions, digital psychiatry and schools-based research. The Centre provides a mechanism for translating research findings into policy and practice through partnership with a joint government funded policy expert and also includes international and national collaborators. 

You will carry out internationally leading research relevant to child and adolescent mental health. You will be a scholar of significant repute with a proven ability or strong potential to lead and develop internationally excellent research activity. You will lead a programme of research aligned to the aims of the Wolfson Centre and Division of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry). As part of this you will co-lead (with Professor Frances Rice) a randomised controlled trial of a psychological intervention to prevent depression in high-risk young people. You will work closely with internationally distinguished groups within the Division. You should be able to demonstrate an effective collaborative work ethic, the ability to attract independent, peer-reviewed research grant funding in open competition, a proven track record of high-quality publications and a strong track record of doctoral and Early Career Researcher mentorship. You will be registered with the HCPC, eligible to practice as a clinical psychologist in the UK (child and adolescent) and also undertake clinical duties within Aneurin Bevan University Health board (Gwent).

Ranked 2nd in the UK’s REF2014 in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, we are committed to building on our existing world-leading research and striving for future, ground-breaking successes and won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for transformative insights into causes, diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Should you possess a track record of international academic excellence, combined with an inspirational and inclusive leadership style and the drive to foster and exploit local, national and international collaborations then please contact Emma Meilak ( to arrange informal and confidential discussions.  Further information about the Centre can be found at Wolfson Centre for Young People's Mental Health - Cardiff University

Please note that the interviews are planned for w/c 18 October 2021.

This post is full time (35 hours per week), available immediately and open-ended.

Salary: £51,799 - £60,022 per annum (Senior Lecturer) or £61,818 - £63,668 per annum (Reader)

Closing date: Sunday, 10 October 2021

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This post has previously been advertised to employees of Cardiff University only.  We now invite external applications.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds. We therefore welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

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