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Dr Yvonne Melia

  • Job title: Senior Lecturer
  • Department: School of Life Sciences and Education


I am a Clinical Psychologist whose main clinical expertise is in working with Looked After Children (LAC) and adopted children. I have worked with this client group within the NHS (CAMHS), local authority and private sector. In this capacity, I have specific expertise in assessment of attachment security and the use of attachment-based interventions and I am trained in using the Story Stem Assessment Profile (SSAP), Child Attachment Interview (CAI), and Attachment Style Interview (ASI) with introductory level training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), theraplay and DBT. More generally I have worked in Tier 3 and 4 CAMHS settings including adolescent inpatient settings and PICU contexts for adolescent females. I have some experience in assessment and intervention with young people who present with harmful sexual behaviour also. My practice is heavily influenced by attachment theory and psychoanalytic thinking and I have completed the PgDip in psychoanalytic observational studies at the Tavistock in London, which is the precursor to training in child and adolescent psychotherapy.

Whilst in full-time clinical practice, I contributed to other DClinPsy programmes through acting as field supervisor for doctoral research projects, supervising Trainee service evaluations, teaching on subjects such as systemic formulation and the therapeutic relationship and involvement in programme accreditation and selection processes. I have extensive experience of clinical supervision of Trainee Clinical Psychologists as well as experience of acting in a mentoring capacity to Trainees.


Research papers

Melia, Y. (2016). Feminine and masculine personality traits: reflections on opportunities and challenges to a career in clinical psychology, Clinical Psychology Forum, 285, 20-24.

Worthington, A. Matthews, S. Melia, Y. and Oddy, M. (2006) Cost-benefits associated with social outcome from neurobehavioural rehabilitation. Brain Injury. 20(9) 947-57.

Worthington, A. and Melia, Y. (2006) Rehabilitation is compromised by arousal and sleep disorders: Results of a survey of rehabilitation centres. Brain Injury. 20(3), 327-32.

Contributoring author to:
Brain and Spine Foundation (2004). Headstrong. All about brain tumours. London: Brain and Spine Foundation.

Melia, Y. (2001). Research and consultation with children and young people. Considerations for good practice in projects involving children with brain tumours. London: Brain and Spine Foundation.

Conference papers

Panel member, Special Event: Fostering Focus “Team Parenting for Children in Foster Care: A Model for Integrated Therapeutic Care by Jeanette Caw & Judy Sebba” An exploration of this book and the issues raised. Northern LAC Forum, Leeds, 23rd May 2014.

Melia, Y. & Nattrass, A. Routine Evaluation and Research in Practice: experiences in a LAC CAMHS Service, Northern LAC Forum, Leeds, 15th February 2013.

Melia, Y. & Eaden, T. ‘Preventing Placement Breakdown among Looked After Children with Complex Mental Health Needs,’ Looked After Children Matter. Delivering Excellent Services for Children in Care, 3rd July 2012, ICO Conference Centre, London.

Melia, Y. & Nattrass, A. ‘Case study: Improving Mental Health Services for Looked After Children – Developing a New Model of Care,’ Inside Government Conference: Looked After Children: Improving the Outcomes for Young People in Care, 14th March 2012, 1 Wimpole Street, London.


Callaghan, A. Melia, Y. Rutterford, N. Hussain, I. and Worthington, A. (2003) Ascertaining needs and levels of psychological symptoms of family members of brain injured individuals in a residential setting: implications for service development (conference poster), Brain Injury – the Quality Agenda, The Jury’s Inn, Birmingham, 27-28 February 2003.