Prof. Colette Hirsch

Professor in Cognitive Clinical Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

King’s College London

Prof Hirsch is Professor of Cognitive Clinical Psychology and Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist. She also leads the Generalised Anxiety Disorder Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) service at the Center for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Prof Hirsch is known for her theoretical, experimental and clinical work on cognitive processes that maintain emotional disorders, and she has used this to develop new psychological interventions. Her programmatic approach initially focused on social anxiety disorder, generalised anxiety disorder and depression. She is currently conducting a clinical trial of a digital therapeutic to prevent escalating anxiety in at risk pregnant women and new mothers. Her other research examines cognitive processes that maintain distress in people with physical health problems such as chronic fatigue syndrome, MS, and Parkinson’s. Her more recent work has looked at resilience, which is a protective factor against anxiety and depression. This work has focused on understanding and modifying key mechanisms that promote resilience in less resilient individuals, including those living beyond breast Cancer, unpaid caregivers and people in highly stressful occupations. This programme of prevention and intervention development work is focused on designing and testing evidence based digital therapeutics that can be delivered at scale.