Members of the Estia Centre

Programme Board Members

Eddie Chaplin
Eddie Chaplin is the Research and Strategy Lead for the Behavioural and Developmental Psychiatry Clinical Academic Group. He has extensive clinical experience in national learning disability and neurodevelopmetal services and has helped to develop and teaches on a number of academic courses at the Institute of Psychiatry. Eddie is also involved in a variety of research projects involving people with learning disabilities which include guided self-help, substance abuse and prison pathways.
Steve Hardy
Steve Hardy RNLD, He has worked in mental health services for people with learning disabilities for the past two decades and has widely published in this area. He is co-editor of Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities journal.
Colin Hemmings
Colin Hemmings is a Consultant Psychiatrist of the Mental Health of Learning Disabilities Service Line, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. His academic interests include psychosis, mental health services and the relationship between mental illness and challenging behaviours in people with intellectual disabilities.
Lynette Kennedy
Lynette Kennedy is the lead for the Mental Health Learning Disabilities Service. She is responsible for the effective daily running of the service, including the operational management of team leaders and professional heads. Lynette studied at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire and became qualified as a registered nurse for people with learning disabilities in 1996. She worked for a year in a low secure mental health facility in Leeds, before starting work for the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in 1997. Lynette first worked for the Mental Impairment Evaluation and Treatment Service, before she came across to the Mental Health Learning Disabilities service. After five years, Lynette became the team manager, before being appointed her current position of Clinical Service Lead.
Declan Murphy
Professor Declan Murphy trained in Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry (IOP). He undertook his research training at the IOP and at the National Institutes of Health (NIH,USA). His research interest is in the genetic and environmental determinants of brain development and behaviour.
Jean O'Hara
Jean O'Hara has been a consultant in the psychiatry of learning disabilities for 20 years and has extensive experience working with ethnic minority communities in inner city areas. In addition to her clinical and management roles, she has developed and published research and training materials on ethnicity and diversity. This work has been reflected in Good Practice Guidance (RCPsych 2011) and several books including Textbook of Cultural Psychiatry (2007) and Clinical Topics in Cultural Psychiatry (2010). She oversees the multi-disciplinary and multi-agency training programme at the Estia Centre, is an elected Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, an elected member of Council at the Royal Society of Medicine and chairs the London-wide specialist training committee at the London Deanery School of Psychiatry. In 2010, she was appointed as one of the clinical directors in an academic health sciences centre - the only one in the UK to include a mental health NHS Trust.

Training and R + D Staff

Sarah Halls
Sarah Halls is the Training & Development Coordinator at the Estia Centre. She graduated in 2002 with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. Previously Sarah has worked in outreach, residential and day services for people with learning disabilities and mental health problems. She has also worked as an Assistant Psychologist, helping to develop and run a specialist assessment and treatment unit for people with learning disabilities and severely challenging behaviour.
Lisa Underwood
Lisa Underwood is a member of the Health Services and Population Research Department of the Institute of Psychiatry (King's College London). She has a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology from Staffordshire University and has been working in mental health research for the last 6 years. Most of that time has been spent carrying out systematic reviews, including the development of the NICE Depression Guideline for the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health at the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Research Unit. Lisa is currently working on the Estia Centre's study into the Effectiveness of Services in the Community for Adults with Psychosis and Intellectual Disabilities (ESCAP-ID).

Clinical Staff

Barley Oliver
Barley Oliver is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. She is manages the Psychology Services for Adults with Learning Disabilities in the London Borough of Lewisham, this includes a Counselling Service, a Behavioural Support Service and a Specialist Psychology Service. She has recently completed research for her PhD which explored the development of an outcome measure for use with people with learning disabilities who are receiving psychotherapy interventions.

Associate Members

Nick Bouras
Nick Bouras is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the Health Service and Population Research Department at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kingís College London and Director of The Maudsley International.
He has been a member of several National and International organisations including Chairman, World Psychiatric Association, Section of Psychiatry of Mental Health and Intellectual Disability, Vice President of the European Association of Mental Health in Intellectual Disability and Vice President of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability.
He has published widely and is member of the Editorial Boards of several journals.
Geraldine Holt
Geraldine Holt is a Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Health Service and Population Research Department at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kingís College London.
She is Honorary Secretary of the Royal College of Psychiatristís Executive Committee of the Faculty for the Psychiatry of Learning Disability, Co-chair of the World Psychiatric Association of Mental Retardation and Secretary and Treasurer of the European Association of Mental Health in Mental Retardation.
She has served on a number of national working parties, and has published widely.
Theresa Joyce
Dr. Theresa Joyce is Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Mental Capacity and Safeguarding Lead at the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. She has worked extensively in community services, has developed specialist services for people with challenging behaviour and provided training both locally and nationally on challenging behaviour. She has also provided training on capacity to consent, which is one of her research interests. She has published on a range of issues, including challenging behaviour, capacity to consent, assessing service user choice and responding to abuse in services.
Jane McCarthy
Jane McCarthy is a specialist in the Psychiatry of Learning Disability, she has actively contributed for over 15 years through research, teaching, and as a Consultant Psychiatrist towards service delivery and development. She has lectured extensively at both undergraduate and postgraduate degree level at University College London, University of Cambridge and St. George's, University of London.
Jane McCarthy's key research interests include the outcomes of psychiatric disorders in people with learning disabilities across the lifespan including those with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. In the last five years Dr Jane McCarthy has significantly contributed to research in this area having obtained funding for a number of research initiatives including 'Mental Health Outcomes in Adults with Autism and Learning Disabilities' as well as 'Effective treatments for people with Neurodevelopmental disorders across the lifespan and intellectual ability.' Jane McCarthy is the visiting senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, King College London.
Steve Moss
Steve Moss has worked for nearly 30 years in disability research, initially in the field of visual impairment, and subsequently in the area of intellectual disability. From 1985 to 1990, he directed an extensive programme of research and service development relating to the needs, characteristics and provision of services to older individuals with intellectual disability. During the 1990ís, he directed a Department of Health funded programme of research on the detection and diagnosis of mental disorders in this population. One of the main results of this stream of work was the development of the PAS-ADD assessment system (Psychiatric Assessment Schedules for Adults with Developmental Disabilities). The PAS-ADD tools have become increasingly widely used in UK services, and also in Australia, North America and Europe (where they have been translated into Spanish, Dutch, German and Greek).
Steve Moss currently spends much of his time training staff in the assessment of mental problems, and in the use of the PAS-ADD tools. He is also involved in research relating to the mental health needs of people with profound intellectual disability, and in the development of a new risk assessment tool for offenders with intellectual disability living in secure units.
Kiriakos Xenitidis
Kiriakos Xenitidis is a Consultant Psychiatrist at the South London & Maudsley NHS Trust with responsibilities for two inpatient units, a catchment area learning disability unit at Guy's Hospital (Weston Unit) and a national specialist challenging behaviour unit (MIETS) at the Bethlem Royal Hospital. He has a clinical interest in forensic psychotherapy for people with learning disabilities. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry and his research interests are in the area of Health Services Research.

Administrative and Support Staff

Angie Degen
Senior Administrator
Satvir Dhesi
Centre Secretary