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Madeline O'Carroll

Senior Lecturer

School of Health Sciences, Division of Nursing

Contact Information


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MG22, Myddelton Street Building

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Madeline is a mental health nurse and health psychologist who joined City University London in 1999. She specialises in psychosocial interventions for psychosis and the role of emotion in learning and teaching. She previously worked as a Research Cognitive Therapist at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London.

Madeline initially worked as a mental health nurse with additional training in cognitive therapy at the Institute of Psychiatry. This led to a post as a Research Cognitive Therapist on a national randomised controlled trial that contributed to the evidence base for cognitive behavioural therapy for people with schizophrenia. She then moved to City University London as Course Director for the interprofessional Diploma in Psychosocial Interventions (Thorn Initiative).

Recently she has led on the development of innovative groups to support mental health nursing students to learn about the emotional impact of practice. She is interested in applying systems-centered theory and interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB) to understand how groupwork affects student development.


  1. Post Graduate Diploma, University of Greenwich, United Kingdom, 2001
  2. MSc Health Psychology, City University London, United Kingdom, 1994

Administrative roles

  1. Interim Programme Manager (Mental Health Nursing Programme)
  2. Mental health representative at Learning and Teaching Committee and Student Experience Committee


  1. Honorary Nurse Therapist, East London NHS Foundation Trust, 1999 – present
  2. Senior Lecturer, City, University London, 1998 – present

Memberships of professional organisations

  1. Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC); Royal College of Nursing (RCN); The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychoses (ISPS UK); Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute (SCTRI)


French, German and Spanish; Castilian.


Research Overview

Research into the efficacy of cognitive behavioural therapy for schizophrenia.

Research Areas

Cognitive behaviour therapy for psychosis, groupwork.

Research Centre

Mental health nursing and long term conditions groups.



  1. O'Carroll, M. (2007). Essential Mental Health Nursing skills. London: Elsevier.

Chapters (2)

  1. Young, N., O'Carroll, M. and Rayner, L. (2008). Making a Difference. In Stickley, T. and Bassett, T. (Eds.), Learning about mental health practice Wiley. ISBN 978-0-470-51227-2.
  2. Rayner, L., Young, N. and O'Carroll, M. (2008). Psychosocial Interventions: Implementation in Practice. Teaching Mental Health (pp. 209–220). ISBN 978-0-470-03029-5.

Conference paper/proceedings

  1. Sensky, T., Turkington, D., Kingdon, D., Scott, J.L., Scott, J., Siddle, R. … Barnes, T.R.E. (2000). A randomized controlled trial of cognitive-behavioral therapy for persistent symptoms in schizophrenia resistant to medication.

Journal articles (2)

  1. O'Carroll, M., Rayner, L. and Young, N. (2004). Education and training in psychosocial interventions: a survey of Thorn Initiative course leaders. J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs, 11(5), pp. 602–607. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2850.2004.768.x.
  2. O'Carroll, M., Sensky, T., Turkington, D., Kingdon, D., Scott, J.L., Scott, J. … O'Carroll, M. (2000). A randomised controlled trial of cognitive behavioural therapy for persistent symptoms in schizophrenia resistant to medication. Archives of General Psychiatry, 57, pp. 165–172.


Pre-registration Nursing

Pre-registration mental health nursing programme (Degree and Post Graduate Diploma level)

Currently Interim Programme Manager for Pre-registration Mental Health Nursing Programme.

Module Leader:

HS1011 Foundations of Relationship centred practice
HS 2043 Experiencing long term care, rehabilitation and recovery
HSM 043 Experiencing long term care, rehabilitation and recovery

Seminar leader:
HSM 001 Relationship centred care and concepts of biology for health
HS 2443 Cognitive behavioural therapy


Module Leader
APM 005 Evidence based psychosocial interventions in mental health

Personal and Professional Development (PPD)

Group facilitator for PPD groups for students

Other Activities

Clinical activity

  1. Honorary Nurse Therapist, East London NHS Foundation Trust


  1. Emotional labour: using systems-centered methods to support student nurses to manage the emotional impact of working in mental health. A progress report. Philadelphia (2013).
    Description: Systems-centered Training and Research Institute Conference

Other (2)

  1. External Examiner, University of Central Lancaster (UCLAN).
  2. Member of the Curriculum Development Group, Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute.