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Cathy Creswell, Professor of Developmental Clinical Psychology, Departments of Psychiatry and Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Cathy Creswell

The new Fellows have been recognised for their remarkable contributions to biomedical and health science and their ability to generate new knowledge and improve the health of people everywhere.

Professor Creswell leads the TOPIC research group which mainly focuses on the development, maintenance and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and young people. At a time when COVID-19 has added to the challenges young people face, many of the Academy’s newly elected Fellows are at the forefront of child and adolescent health. Cathy has used her knowledge of the development and treatment of anxiety disorders to understand and address the impact of the pandemic and lockdowns on children’s mental health.

Professor Creswell, said:

'I am really honoured to be elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, but would like to take this chance to highlight that all the work that I do is very much part of a team effort. I am extremely lucky to work with a fantastic team who are really passionate about doing good research that makes a difference to children and families.'

Members of the TOPIC research group share their thoughts about this achievement 


Tessa Reardon, Postdoc, said:

'I've never worked with anyone else quite like Cathy. She thinks and works with mind-blowing speed and clarity that could be intimidating, but in Cathy only inspires and motivates those around her. It's easy to forget just how much Cathy is juggling and how much she has achieved because she makes it look so easy! It is the supportive and collaborative environment that Cathy creates that makes the TOPIC research group such a special place to work. She not only supports and encourages each of us individually in our own careers, but is also constantly seeking out and facilitating opportunities for us to share experiences, learn from each other and have fun.'


Associate Professor Polly Waite, said:

'Cathy is a phenomenal colleague and mentor. She has a clear vision of what she wants to achieve and has made a demonstrably positive impact on the lives of children and young people through her researchShe is completely committed to public engagement and the involvement of young people and other stakeholders in all aspects of her research. As such, she has inspired so many other researchers to conduct meaningful research in a way that maximises success and impact.

'She continually demonstrates that being a good leader is about being authentic and connecting with and valuing people. She goes above and beyond to nurture her team and provide career opportunities for others. She is never scared to do difficult things and take on huge challenges and at the same time, she is one of the loveliest, most enthusiastic people to work with. I was so delighted to hear of Cathy’s election as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences – it is a testament to her incredible achievements and wonderful to see this recognised.'

Emily Lloyd, Emerging Minds Network Manager, said:


'So delighted to hear the news of Cathy's election, so well deserved. Cathy is such an inspirational researcher and leader, as well as a supportive and encouraging colleague. Cathy combines a rigorous eye for detail on each of the projects she leads with a fantastic talent for the big picture. Cathy has a true passion for developing the mental health research field but ultimately is driven to make a difference for children, young people and their families.'

For more information about Professor Cathy Creswell and her team's work at the University of Oxford.