Clinical Psychology

The Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital offers a comprehensive Clinical Psychology service to children and their families within the following specialities:

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• Gastroenterology

• Cystic Fibrosis

• Oncology (Cancers)

What is a Children’s Clinical Psychologist?

Clinical Psychology is the application of psychological knowledge in practical ways to help children and families manage personal, emotional and health related problems; this therapy is provided by Clinical Psychologists, trained health professionals who have undergone higher specialist training.

Services provided

We provide psychological assessment for children and their families.
We provide a range of therapy approaches.
We provide joint appointments with other members of the multidisciplinary medical team
We provide consultation to multi-disciplinary team members, where there are psychological concerns regarding children and their families.
We are integrated members of the Paediatric Medical Teams.

How to access our services

  • Dr Jo Derisley, Consultant Clinical Psychologist via secretary for diabetes – Tel: 01603 286357 or secretary for Gastro Tel: 01603 287545 or secretary for Gastro. Tel: 01603 287174
  • Dr Harriet Conniff , Clinical Psychologist via secretary for cystic fibrosis – Tel: 01603 287544 
  • Kiki Mastroyannopoulou, Consultant Clinical Psychologist for Oncology – Tel: 01603 287545
  • Dr Gemma Bowers – Clinical Psychologist, in young adults with diabetes via secretary for diabetes – Tel: 01603 287545


  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) gastroenterology psychology clinics on Mondays
  • Cystic Fibrosis Psychology Clinics on Mondays and Thursdays
  • Diabetes Psychology Clinics on Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Oncology Clinics on Wednesdays
  • Joint appointments with multidisciplinary team at other times/clinics


The Clinical Psychology department is able to provide consultation to colleagues within the multidisciplinary teams that they are placed.

Research and Audit

Current psychology research projects include:

  • Research investigating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in children and the use of Cognitive Therapy.
  • Research investigating the psychological needs of children diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disorder.
  • Participation in research investigating the mental health needs of children with Cystic Fibrosis

Teaching and Training

Clinical Psychologists in the team provide teaching and training for the Doctorate Programme in Clinical Psychology and the Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia. In addition members actively participate in combined regional teaching sessions within the Regional networks for Gastroenterology, Cystic Fibrosis, Anglia Cancer Network and Diabetes.

Useful Websites

To learn more about Clinical Psychologists visit: