Polly Waite

Polly Waite

Tutorial Fellow in Psychology
Experimental Psychology
Psychology and Philosophy

I am an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Experimental Psychology, with a Tutorial Fellowship at New College. I am also an Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. I have been awarded fellowships by the Medical Research Council and the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) to conduct clinically focused research and co-lead one of the work packages for the NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre for the Mental Health in Development theme. 


I teach and coordinate the 'Individual Differences and Clinical Psychology' Part I core lecture series and co-teach a Part II Advanced Option 'Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology: Development and treatment of child and adolescent anxiety disorders' in the Department of Experimental Psychology. 

Research Interests

My research mainly focuses on the development, maintenance, and psychological treatment of anxiety disorders in adolescents. I focus on identifying key maintenance factors within this age group to ultimately develop targeted, developmentally appropriate treatments with optimal outcomes. I use a broad range of methods (including experimental and qualitative methods, clinical trials, and systematic reviews), with adolescents from both clinical and community settings, such as schools. During the Covid-19 pandemic, I co-led the Co-SPACE project, tracking the mental health of children and adolescents over the course of the pandemic. 

Selected Publications

Skripkauskaite, S., Creswell, C., Shum, A., Pearcey, S., Lawrence, P. J., Dodd, H., & Waite, P. (2023). Changes in UK parental mental health symptoms over 10 months of the COVID-19 pandemic. JCPP Advances, e12139. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcv2.12139.

Baker, H. J., Hollywood, A., & Waite, P. (2022). Adolescents’ lived experience of panic disorder: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. BMC Psychology, 10, 1, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40359-022-00849-x.

Plaisted, H., Waite, P., & Creswell, C. (2022). Optimising exposure for adolescents with public speaking anxiety: affect labelling or positive coping statements? Behaviour Research & Therapy, 148, 103997. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2021.103997.

Baker, H. J., Karalus, J., Lawrence, P.J., Creswell, C. & Waite, P. (2021). The effectiveness of psychological therapies for anxiety disorders in adolescents: A meta-analysis. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 24, 4, 765-782. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10567-021-00364-2. 

Radez, J., Reardon, T., Creswell, C., Lawrence, P.J., Evdoka-Burton, G., & Waite, P. (2020). Why do children and adolescents (not) seek and access professional help for their mental health problems? A systematic review of quantitative and qualitative studies. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 30, 183-211. DOI: 10.1007/s00787-019-01469-4.

Creswell, C., Waite, P., & Hudson, J. (2020). Practitioner Review: Anxiety disorders in children and young people – assessment and treatment. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 61, 6, 628-643.DOI: 10.1111/jcpp.13186. 

Waite, P., Marshall, T. & Creswell, C. (2019). A randomised controlled trial of internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy for adolescent anxiety disorders in a routine clinical care setting with and without parent sessions. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 24, 3, 242-250. DOI: 10.1111/camh.12311. 

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