Dr James Kiff

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About me

I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Appearance Research. As a qualified Clinical Psychologist, my clinical work is primarily with children, families and adults with physical and neurodevelopmental conditions, supporting them adjust to and develop psychological resiliance around their condition. My academic interests focus on translational research, within contextual frameworks, to improve the psychological wellbeing of those with a visible difference whether congenital or acquired through illness or injury.

Following an undergraduate degree in Psychology, I completed my MPhil at Cambridge University, working at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit on the Neuroscience of Language under Professor Friedemann Pullvermuller. I subsequently joined a community mental health team to pilot the NHS England initiative to improve access to psychological interventions (that became "IAPT" services) before going on to complete my Clinical Doctorate at the University of East Anglia.

My clinical career started within an adult mental health setting, but for the past 8 years my principle clinical activity has been working with children, young adults and their families. This has been primarily as a member of the East of England Cleft Lip and Palate service and wider Paediatric Psychology Service based at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Since 2015 I have been working within a Community Paediatric setting to develop the services'‚Äč psychological knowledge, understanding and Clinical Psychology provision.

Area of expertise

Impact of congenital and acquired physical health conditions on psychological wellbeing in children, young adults and adults, including family and wider systemic adjustment.


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