David’s CV can be downloaded here.

Expert Work


David acts as an Expert Witness or Advisor for the Courts, the Police and other organisations in relation to trauma and bereavement. He has particular expertise and extensive experience of working with children who have witnessed one parent murdering another. He has been consulted following critical incidents to inform the crisis response and he was commissioned by the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport to evaluate the Humanitarian Assistance Centre established in response to the London terrorist attacks on 7th July 2005.

Clinical Work

David has extensive clinical experience working with children and families and since 2000 has specialised in working with traumatised and traumatically bereaved children and young people. He worked for 6 years at the Traumatic Stress Clinic in North London as it became part of Great Ormond Street Hospital. He was then Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Leicester Royal Infirmary Children’s Hospital and then Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist at an innovative service for traumatically bereaved children and young people in Luton and Bedfordshire, UK, an Approved NHS Provider. He now works as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Anna Freud Centre and at Cambridge Clinical Psychology Services.

Teaching and supervision

David presents at workshops and international conferences. He supervises and consults to other professionals, helping them to understand how traumatic events affect people, and what can be done to help. He is part of the staff team at UCL/Anna Freud Centre running the  Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) courses for Children and Young People.

Academic Work

David supervises doctoral research relating to trauma and traumatic bereavement; he publishes novel research, including a meta-analysis of risk factors for PTSD in children and contributes to books.

Selected Publications

  • Trickey, D., & Meiser-Stedman, R. (2018). Advances in the Assessment of PTSD in Children and Young People. In L. J. Farrell, T. H. Ollendick, & P. Muris (Eds.), Innovations in CBT for Childhood Anxiety, OCD & PTSD: Cambridge University Press.
  • Ehntholt, K. A., Trickey, D.,Harris Hendriks, J., Chambers, H., Scott, M., & Yule, W. (2018). Mental health of unaccompanied asylum-seeking adolescents previously held in British detention centres. Clinical child psychology and psychiatry23(2), 238-257.
  • Trickey, D.(2017). Stress and Reactions to Stress in Children. In D. Skuse, H. Bruce & L. Dowdney (Eds.) Child Psychology and Psychiatry 3rd Edition: Frameworks for Clinical Training and Practice.
  • Meiser-Stedman, R., Smith, P., McKinnon, A., Dixon, C.,Trickey, D., Ehlers, A., Clark, D. M., Boyle, A., Watson, P., Goodyer, I. and Dalgleish, T. (2017), Cognitive therapy as an early treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder in children and adolescents: a randomized controlled trial addressing preliminary efficacy and mechanisms of action. Journal of Child Psychology Psychiatry, 58(5), 623-633.
  • Siddaway, A. P., Wood, A. M., Schulz, J., & Trickey, D.(2015). Evaluation of the CHUMS child bereavement group: A pilot study examining statistical and clinical change. Death Studies, 39, 99–110.
  • Trickey, D. (2013). Post-traumatic Stress Disorders. In P. Graham & S. Reynolds (Eds.) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Young People; 3rd Edition.
  • Trickey, D., Siddaway, A. P., Meiser-Stedman, R., Serpell, L., & Field, A. P. (2012). A meta-analysis of risk factors for PTSD in children and adolescents. Clinical Psychology Review, 32(2), 122-138.
  • Trickey, D. & Nugus, D. (2011). The evaluation of a therapeutic residential intervention for traumatically bereaved children and young people. Bereavement Care, 30(1), 20-27.
  • Trickey, D. & Black, D. (2009). Child trauma. In M. Gelder et al. (Eds.) New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry. Second Edition.
  • Trickey, D. Experiencing Refugee Status After Previous Trauma. In Appleton, P.L. (Ed.) (2008). Children’s Anxiety – A Contextual Approach.


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