My main areas of interest include; cognitive, emotional characteristics and the
translation of evidence from scientific research to clinical practice. I am a member of a very strong research team and have many teaching responsibilities involving the training of PhD, doctoral clinical psychology and MSc students, who actively contribute to pilot and major projects that help us understand the complex nature of eating disorders.
I enjoy international and multidisciplinary work and I feel very honoured to have amazing collaborators both in the UK and abroad. My clinical responsibilities
include leading the clinical psychology team in South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS adult eating disorder service, supervising colleagues, training junior members of the multidisciplinary team, taking part in strategic planning of the service, auditing and developing new psychological interventions informed with research evidence and service user feedback.
In my country of origin, Georgia, where I trained and worked at the beginning of my professional career before moving permanently to the UK, there is no eating disorder service, but my research clearly shows there is a great need. My 'visiting professor' status from 2012 will hopefully contribute to the development of research and clinical services in the field of eating disorders back in my home country. I hope that some of the training and workshops will facilitate collaborations and help professionals in Georgia to develop transferable skills in different areas of clinical psychology. I am supervising PhD student from Tbilisi and helping a team from Illia University develop their curriculum in clinical psychology.