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Laura Shepherd, DClin Psy

Laura Shepherd is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist currently completing a HEE/NIHR ICA Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship on a part-time basis. She has a BSc in Psychology from the University of Leeds and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. She works in the NHS in the area of Clinical Health Psychology, leading and developing psychology services in the specialisms of burns and cleft lip and palate. 

Laura is a clinical-academic and her research interests have been shaped by her clinical work, where she helps patients manage and adjust to living with visible differences due to burn injuries or being born with a cleft lip and/or palate. Her doctoral research focuses on the roles of psychological flexibility and self-compassion in the development of appearance-related distress after burn injuries with a view to developing an early intervention. 

She has a number of publications of which most are related to aspects of psychological burn care, including:

She has also researched in the areas of post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual health, and recording cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) sessions.

In addition to the above, Laura guest teaches on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology courses at the University of Sheffield and the University of Leicester, is the current Chair of the British Burn Association Psychosocial Special Interest Group, and is currently a member of the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Psychology in Physical Health Settings Task & Finish Group.