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Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist, University of Reading

Dr Monika Parkinson is a Clinical Psychologist and NIHR Research Fellow at the University of Reading. Monika has over 15 years of clinical experience with adults, young people and families in NHS and private settings. She has conducted a number of research studies on anxiety and depression in young people and has a special interest in the well-being of parents.

Monika is passionate about developing novel and creative ways to encourage people to be their most authentic selves and overcome mental health difficulties. Monika received an NIHR doctoral research fellowship to research treatment for depression in adolescents and how to support their families. In addition to numerous journal publications, she has co-authored two self-help books for young people with depression and their parents and has published a book for clinicians on working with and empowering parents of anxious children.


  • 2008–present
    Clinical psychologist, University of Reading / NHS
  • 2015–present
    Research fellow, University of Reading / NIHR


  • 2007 
    Royal Holloway University of London, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
  • 2003 
    University of Reading, Bachelor of Science (Hons)


  • 2020
    Mothers’ experiences of having an adolescent child with depression: an interpretative phenomenological analysis, Journal of Child and Family Studies
  • 2019
    Family socioeconomic status and adolescent depressive symptoms in a chinese low– and middle– income sample: the indirect effects of maternal care and adolescent sense of coherence., Frontiers in Psychology
  • 2017
    Parent-led CBT for child anxiety: helping parents help their kids, Guilford Press
  • 2017
    Clinical outcomes and cost-effectiveness of brief guided parent-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy and solution-focused brief therapy for treatment of childhood anxiety disorders: a randomised controlled trial., The Lancet Psychiatry
  • 2016
    How do parent-child interactions predict and maintain depression in childhood and adolescence? A critical review of the literature, Adolescent Psychiatry
  • 2015
    Am I depressed and what can I do about it? A CBT self-help guide for teenagers experiencing low mood and depression, Robinson (Little Brown)
  • 2015
    Teenage depression - a CBT Guide for parents: help your child beat their low mood, Robinson (Little Brown)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Parent-adolescent interactions in the treatment of adolescent depression
    Research Fellow
    Funding Source:
    National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)

Professional Memberships

  • Clinical Psychologist (HCPC)
  • CBT Therapist (BABCP)
  • Chartered Clinical Psychologist (BPS)