Clinical Psychologist

Jacqueline Doyle BSc (Hons), Ph.D., ClinPsyD.

UCLH Centre for Weight Management, Metabolic and Endocrine Surgery and Department of Child and Adolescent Psychological Services, University College London Hospitals NHS Trust.

Jackie is a clinical psychologist who has worked in a variety of medical settings, across the life span. She is passionate about using psychological approaches to enhance medical care, not only assisting treatment decision making, but also helping people live with the effects of a heath condition.

Since 2009, Jackie has been based at University College London Hospitals, primarily seeing adolescents and adults considering bariatric surgery or in the post-operative period. In this work, she become acutely aware of the effects of weight bias and stigma on emotional well-being.  In the last five years, Jackie has undergone additional training in mindfulness based therapeutic approaches, including the Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) and Mindful Eating, Conscious Living (ME-CL) programmes, which she increasingly uses in her clinical work. In combination with her NHS work, Jackie is a freelance trainer in Cognitive Behavioural Approaches for dieticians and allied health care professionals.

Jackie did her first degree at the University of Dundee, which is where she first became interested in the psychology of eating, completing a dissertation on the relationship between dieting and depression. She later went onto become a researcher within the Eating Disorder Team at Great Ormond Street Hospital, whilst enrolled as a PhD student at University College London, investigating emotional well-being in adolescents attending highly selective performing arts schools. Whilst this training was exciting and allowed opportunities to study in America, a purely academic career did not seem the right path. In 1999, she enrolled as trainee clinical psychologist at the University of East London, qualifying in 2002.

Jackie is proud to be part of OEN UK and hopes that together with the OEN Champions and professionals with a genuine interest in obesity it is possible to develop a healthier society and one which has a greater understanding and acceptance of diversity in size and shape.