Alex Lau-Zhu

I am a Research Tutor and Clinical Psychologist. I have a PhD in Experimental Psychology, BABCP accreditation in CBT, and Foundation Level Diploma in Systemic and Family Therapy. My current clinical work is in a specialist child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) for complex trauma (sexual harm).

My overarching interest is in using cognitive psychology for treatment innovation, with a recent focus on youth mental health. My research draws from insights and methods from experimental psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience, alongside clinical work.

I have expertise in memory and imagery (e.g. intrusions, autobiographical memory, and future thinking) as they relate to trauma, anxiety, and autism.

I am also affiliated with the Mood Instability Research Group at Imperial College London; member of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Future Leadership Program (2022-2023); and member of the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Oxfordshire and Reading subcommittee.

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Previous Appointments

2019-2022: Clinical Psychologist in training, University of Oxford (funded by Oxford Health NHS)

2016-2018: Postdoctoral Research Associate, King’s College London.

2013-2016: PhD Cognition & Brain, University of Cambridge (funded by Cambridge Overseas Trust).

2012-2013: Graduate Mental Health Worker, Sutton & Merton IAPT, London.

2011-2012: Assistant Psychologist, Traumatic Stress Clinic/Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia, London.

2008-2011: BSc (Hons) Psychology, University College London (Global Excellence & Ernest Hecht Scholarships)