Lucy Kearney

Dr Lucy Kearney

Lucy Kearney

Clinical Psychologist specialising in working with children, teenagers and their families

Dr Lucy Kearney is a registered Clinical Psychologist who is committed to improving the emotional well-being of children, teenagers and their families. She has gained extensive experience working in different child and adolescent mental health services in the NHS (CAMHS), which means Lucy is experienced to support a wide range of difficulties that commonly present during childhood and adolescence.

Lucy has worked in the NHS for a number of years, including working in different Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). She specialises in building trusting relationships with young people who find it difficult to trust and engage with most professionals. Lucy has also worked in a paediatric psychology hospital, working with young people experiencing acute and long-term medical conditions.

Lucy has a keen interest in working with parents and families. Whilst she does work one to one with young people, wherever possible she includes the young person’s family to ensure that everyone is working well together and any change that occurs is also supported within the home and school environment.

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In her current NHS role she works in a Family Drug and Alcohol Court team (FDAC) delivering therapy to parents who struggle with drug and alcohol misuse, mental health difficulties or have experience of domestic abuse. As part of this role she also supports the children who are struggling with their mental health. Prior to this, Lucy worked as a researcher at the Centre for Parent and Child Support (CPCS), working in the research team designing and evaluating interventions to see which interventions are the most effective at helping families.

Lucy worked in an NHS CAMHS service called the Helping Families Team, providing home-based psychological treatment for parents and children with severe and complex mental health needs. This experience means Lucy is equipped to support young people with most mental health challenges.

Lucy has completed doctoral training in clinical psychology and a master’s degree in developmental psychology from the Anna Freud National Centre, a part of University College London. Lucy’s recent peer reviewed publications include:


  • Harwood, J., Kearney, L., & Kendall, N. (2020) Reducing Parental Conflict, Improving Children’s Lives: An evaluation of Empowering Parents Empowering Communities Being a Parent Together parenting conflict intervention.  Kings College London
  • Kearney, L., McCree, C., & Brazener, L. (2021). Making it together: A service evaluation of creative families: An arts and mental health partnership. Advances in Mental Health, 19(2), 139-151.
  • Holmes, R., Kearney, L., Gopal, S., & Daddi, I. (2023). ‘Lots of Black people are on meds because they're seen as aggressive’: STOMP, COVID‐19 and anti‐racism in community learning disability services. British Journal of Learning Disabilities.
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