Sam Cartwright-Hatton is a clinical psychologist who started her career with a D.Phil (PhD) in the Department of Psychiatry at Oxford, under the direction of Adrian Wells. The subject of this thesis was a MetaCognitive model of Generalised Anxiety Disorder in Adults. During subsequent clinical psychology training in Manchester, she developed an interest in the far less well-researched area of anxiety in childhood. On qualifying, she joined the Manchester clinical course as academic tutor, whilst working half-time as a clinical psychologist in the Manchester Children’s Trust.
Eighteen months after qualification, she was awarded a 3-year NHS executive fellowship to develop her research in anxiety in childhood, with Professor Richard Harrington, which was followed by a 4-year MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship, to trial a new intervention for families of young anxious children. Sam joined the University of Sussex in 2011 with an NIHR Career Development Award to develop and test a preventative intervention aimed at families with an anxious parent. She was awarded the British Psychological Society Award May Davidson Award in 2009 in recognition of her research into anxiety of childhood.