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Dr Bernadka Dubicka (BSc, MBBs, FRCPsych, MD) - personal details

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Dr Bernadka Dubicka

Role: Honorary reader in child psychiatry

Tel: +44 (0)1524 550 360


The Junction Adolescent Unit,

Lancashire Care Foundation Trust



Lancaster LA1 4PW 




I trained as a child psychiatrist at St George's Hospital, London and in Manchester. Whilst in Manchester I became interested in affective disorder through working with the late Professor Richard Harrington, as a clinical research fellow on the ADAPT study of adolescent depression. My MD thesis was on the implications of behaviour disorder in this sample for which I was awarded a gold medal in 2009. During this time I collaborated with Professor Gabrielle Carlson of Stony Brook University, New York, on a study examining the diagnosis of mania in children, which has been replicated in a number of countries, including the US, Australia, Japan and the Czech Republic. I have published on the treatment of depression and bipolar disorder and have conducted meta-analyses on suicidality and antidepressants and on the combined treatment of depression. Currently I am a principle investigator in a large psychological treatment study of adolescent depression (IMPACT, chief PI Professor Ian Goodyer, University of Cambridge, funding body HTA, due for publication 2016), which is one of the largest studies of its kind internationally, and aims to examine longer-term outcomes of depression. I co-authored a manual for a brief psychosocial intervention for depression for this trial. In my national role as a member of the NIHR MPOH panel I actively promote CAMHS research. I have lectured nationally and internationally, and published on the treatment of depression and bipolar disorder. Invited talks have included meetings of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the European Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Nordic Conference and Excellence in Paediatrics. In 2015 I was invited to participate in a European project (Adocare) examining adolescent mental health care in Europe in the European Parliament in Brussels. I regularly review journal articles and research grants, and have previously advised on competencies for cognitive behaviour therapy for Skills for Health. 

My clinical post is in an adolescent unit, where I have experience in treating complex, high risk adolescent disorders including mania and psychosis. As an advisor for the north west NHS England SCN I am leading on a project to examine optimal pathways for young people who self-harm. In my capacity as vice-chair of the RCP child and adolescent faculty I actively promote the importance of mental health services for young people and the need for parity between physical and mental health.

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

Member of the following professional bodies:

General Medical Council

Royal College of Psychiatrists

British Medical Association

Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Child Psychiatry Research Society

European College of Neuropsychopharmacology


BSc psychology, University College London

MBBs, University of London

FRCPsych, Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, specialist accreditation in child psychiatry

MD thesis (gold award)


My clinical work as a consultant adolescent psychiatrist has been based in the Junction inpatient unit, Lancashire Care Foundation Trust (2007-present). I have been a member of the NHS England North West Strategic Clinical Network for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) since 2014, and in 2015 I was formally appointed as a clinical advisor. In terms of my national roles, in 2015 I was elected as vice-chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) Child and Adolescent Faculty  and have recently been appointed as a fellow of the RCP. I have been a member of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Mental, Psychological and Occupational Health panel (MPOH) since 2014, and have advised on NICE guidance. In 2016 I was appointed as an editor on the journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. I am currently a principle investigator on the HTA multi-site IMPACT trial of psychological treatments for adolescent depression, together with the Universities of Cambridge, East Anglia, Reading and University College London (completed and due for publication in 2016).


Long-standing experience in teaching medical students in clinical attachments and formal seminars, in Manchester and Lancaster, as well examining. Regular contributor to the Manchester MRCPsych course, and have taught on psychopharmacology courses in Manchester University and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. 

Previous talks for national and international meetings include the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Canadian Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, European Association of Neuropsychopharmacology, European Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists C&A annual faculty meetings.