Meet the Feeding and Eating Disorders Team

Team lead

Dr Lisa Mukherjee
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists

Dr Lisa Mukherjee
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr Mamas Pipis
Specialist Registrar

Dr Nadia Micali  (For research Consultation only)
Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist

Child and adolescent psychiatrists are doctors who have medical training and have specialised in the mental health of children and teens. The psychiatrists in the Feeding and Eating Disorders meet children and young people, often with their parents to think about eating difficulties.

Our psychiatrists may speak to psychiatrists who work in other mental health teams, to think about the child or young person’s difficulties and what may help. Psychiatrists can consider whether medication may be a helpful approach for somebody, and some psychiatrists are trained in therapeutic interventions.


Sian Reed
Clinical Nurse Specialist (Paediatric)

Clinical Nurse Specialist (Mental health)

As Nurses, we use our different trainings (Paediatric and Mental Health) to contribute to the assessment, formulation and treatment of children and families. Nursing is a broad discipline and between us we have a range of experience gained in inpatient and community settings. Our work places a focus on building therapeutic relationships with children, parents and carers and on helping them identify achievable goals for change. Together with our patients and their families, we develop individualised and holistic plans of care. We offer individual and parent sessions, and facilitate groups (both psycho-educational and experiential) with other members of the multi-disciplinary team. We place an emphasis on evidence-based practice and undertake regular liaison with schools, nurseries, specialist education provisions and other health professionals.

We offer assessments and guidance for families of children under the age of two years, and work with children who need support with supplemental feeding, such as ‘tube-weaning.’ Our role also entails mealtime support and management, food exploration sessions with a practical focus, psychoeducation and family work. As Nurses, our trainings encompasses a wide range of perspectives, including, relational, systemic, psychodynamic and biopsychosocial approaches.

Clinical Psychologists

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Vanessa Gunputh
Senior Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Emma Willmott
Clinical Psychologist

Our clinical psychologists like to spend time getting to know and understanding children, young people and families who are experiencing food-related difficulties. Clinical psychologists like to think about children’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours around food. Our psychologists spend time thinking about why difficulties with food may have developed, what may be keeping the difficulties going, and what children’s and families’ strengths are in managing difficulties. We are interested to hear the young person’s voice and families’ perspectives on difficulties. Whilst we think a lot about eating, we also like to consider other difficulties that may impact on eating, such as anxiety or a neurodevelopmental condition.

Clinical psychologists are involved in the assessment of children and young people with eating difficulties and disorders. Clinical psychologists may also offer support for children and young people with feeding and eating disorders. Support can vary from one person to another; we may speak to psychologists or other professionals working in community mental health teams or at schools, we may run psychoeducation or support groups for parents and young people, and we may offer some individual therapeutic sessions.

Our clinical psychologists also like to spend time creating resources and developing aspects of the service. We also regularly have Assistant Psychologists and Trainee Clinical Psychologists working with us.

Trainee Clinical Psychologist

Trainee psychologists are generally on 6-month placements with the team. They work as part of the multidisciplinary team under the supervision of a qualified clinical psychologist and can be involved in each stage of a child and family’s journey.

Assistant Psychologists

Sara Schjølberg Marques

Elizabeth Shade

Our assistant psychologists work as part of the multidisciplinary team under the supervision of a qualified clinical psychologist. They support the work of the clinical psychologists in providing support for children, young people and families who are experiencing food-related difficulties. The assistant psychologists are often part of facilitating groups and other interventions provided by our service, alongside creating resources and spending time with families when they attend our clinic.

Psychology students

Rachel Dickinson
Undergraduate Psychology Placement Student

Our psychology student works closely with the assistant psychologists and undertakes tasks within the team such as maintaining databases, creating resources for the team as well as involvement in research, administration and assessments.


Principal Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Our psychotherapist is an experienced Child and Adolescent Mental Health professional trained to carefully observe a child or young person and to respond to what they might be communicating through their behaviour and play. Through extensive and highly specialised training, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists have the skills in putting into words the troubled feelings that children may experience and which may relate to their presenting symptoms.

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists also apply their framework of thinking to work with parents, families and groups and to training and supporting other professionals who work with children, young people, parents and families to ensure a child centred approach.


Clare Thornton-Wood
Highly Specialist Dietitian

Specialist Dietitian on rotation

Laura van Rensburg

Highly Specialist Paediatric Dietitian

Our dietitians know lots of information about food and nutrition. They know how to help you have a balanced diet and make sure you have enough calories to grow and nutrients to keep your body healthy and your brain working at its best.

Family Therapists

Joseph Stone

Highly Specialist Family Therapist

Our family therapist aims to help families move together towards the goals they identify for themselves – this usually means finding new ways of working together, identifying strengths and thinking about communication and relationships as well.

Play Worker

Emily Carr
Play Worker

Our play worker says she has the best job in the world! She gets to meet and spend time with all the children and young people who come to the activity room in Panda Day Centre. Our play worker works with the team to help children with things they find difficult through fun activities.

Occupational Therapy

Georgina Salzke-Spurr
Occupational Therapist

Our occupational therapist helps children and young people to become as independent as possible, with meaningful activities of daily life, associated with feeding and eating. They consider the environment around the child, their physical abilities and their sensory needs. They help children, families and professionals understand how these can impact on feeding / eating.

Speech and Language Therapist

Sarah Quinn
Speech and Language Therapist

Our speech and language therapist knows all about how we use our mouths and throats for eating and drinking. They help us to understand the mechanics of eating, chewing and swallowing. They may give advice on the sorts of foods that different people can manage depending on their level of difficulty.

General Paediatrician

Dr. Lee Hudson
Consultant in General Paediatrics

Our General Paediatrician is very helpful as feeding and eating difficulties can be to do with other medical difficulties which we need to know about.

Service Co-ordinator

Magdalena Lawrence
Service Co-ordinator

Our service co-ordinator processes all of the referrals to our team. They are in charge of the team calendar, all letters and appointments. They are often the first point of contact for our families and referrers. They answer the phone and look after all the information that comes in about the children and young people that we see.


Comfort Opoku Gyamfi

Our housekeeper keeps everything on Panda running smoothly. She organises your food, makes sure our kitchen is clean, stocks our cupboards and keep things nice and tidy!