Evaluating a psychological intervention for young people with chronic medical conditions

Why do we need this project? 

Children and adolescents with chronic medical conditions (CMC) often seek treatment for mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.  

Comorbid mental health conditions are associated with poorer medication adherence, longer hospital stays, worse hospital outcomes, increased school absences, and increased risk of self-harm. The RCH Psychology Service commonly receives referrals for children and adolescents with these conditions.   

Research Question: Is an evidence-based transdiagnostic intervention effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression in children and adolescents with CMC? 


We intend to tailor a manualised, modular and flexible, evidence-based transdiagnostic intervention to meet this population’s needs. The intervention is called the Unified Protocols for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children (UP-C) and Adolescents. The second phase will deliver and evaluate the 6-month intervention. 

Research Team  

  • Dr Louise Crowe 
  • Dr Claire Burton 
  • Dr Alice Morgan   

Acknowledgement of Country

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At Mental Health Central we acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live, gather and work. We recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

We acknowledge all people with a lived or living experience of mental ill-health and recovery. At the Campus, we particularly acknowledge children, young people, families, carers, and supporters. We recognise their vital contribution and value the courage of those who share this unique perspective for the purpose of learning and growing together to achieve better outcomes for the Campus, staff, sector, and all people of lived experience.

Proudly supported by the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation