Dr Bernadka Dubicka BSc, MBBs, FRCPsych, MD

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I have worked as a child and adolescent psychiatrist since 1996 both in the community as well as in adolescent mental health units.  Currently my clinical work is based in Pennine Care Foundation Trust where I am a research lead, as well as being the child and adolescent mental health research lead for Health Innovation Manchester.  I am a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) and was elected as the chair of the Child and Adolescent Faculty in 2017 (until June 2021). Through this role I have been involved in policy making for child and adolescent mental health as well as promoting issues around young people's mental health through the media.  I am the editor in chief of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health and was previously a member of the National Institute of Health Research Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Mental, Psychological and Occupational Health panel (2014-2019). My research interest is in mood disorders and brief interventions for depression.  


I trained as a child psychiatrist at St George's Hospital, London and in Manchester. Whilst in Manchester I became interested in affective disorder through working with the late Professor Richard Harrington, as a clinical research fellow on the ADAPT study of adolescent depression. My MD thesis was on the implications of behaviour disorder in this sample for which I was awarded a gold medal in 2009. During this time I collaborated with Professor Gabrielle Carlson of Stony Brook University, New York, on a study examining the diagnosis of mania in children, which has been replicated in a number of countries, including the US, Australia, Japan and the Czech Republic. I have published on the treatment of depression and bipolar disorder and have conducted meta-analyses on suicidality and antidepressants and on the combined treatment of depression. I was a principle investigator in a large psychological treatment study of adolescent depression (IMPACT, funding body HTA), which is one of the largest studies of its kind internationally. I co-authored a manual for a brief psychosocial intervention for depression for this trial which was as cost-effective as more specialised therapies. Currently, I am researching the use of behavioral activation in depression, and am a principle investigator in the HTA-funded STADIA trial, which aims to improve the detection of emotional disorders in CAMHS though remote assessments. I am a member of the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry taskforce on treatment resistant adolescent depression and have previously contributed to the EU Parliament Adocare project on adolescent mental health service provision in Europe. Through my work at RCPsych, I led on the publication of a position statement on the use of technology in children and young people, which attracted international attention. My ongoing work at RCPsych includes digital rights and safety for children and the RCPsych response to the eco-crisis in preparation for COP26 in Glasgow. I am regularly invited to speak nationally and internationally, and in the media. 


BSc psychology, University College London

MBBs, University of London

FRCPsych, Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, specialist accreditation in child psychiatry

MD thesis (gold award)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Member of the following professional bodies:

General Medical Council

Royal College of Psychiatrists

British Medical Association

Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Child Psychiatry Research Society


External positions

editor in chief, Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health

14 Sep 2020 → …

consultant psychiatrist , Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

2 Apr 2018 → …

chair child and adolescent faculty, Royal College of Psychiatrists

1 Jul 201730 Jun 2021

Areas of expertise

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2015 - Fellow, Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • 1996 - MRCPsych, Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • 1990 - Doctor of Medicine, MBBs, University College London (UCL)
  • 1986 - Bachelor of Science, psychology, University College London (UCL)

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