About Dr Kenny Chiu:

Kenny is a Clinical Psychologist and a Clinical Lecturer at University of East Anglia ClinPsyD programme. Graduated from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London, Kenny is experienced in working with individuals and families across different cultures. He supports his clients to understand, accept, or change their relationships with their internal experiences. These internal experiences include traumatic memories, anxiety sensations, suicidal thoughts, anxious imagery, pain, sexual urges, and nightmares. He is particularly interested in working with anxiety and trauma using interventions informed by CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, and ACT.

Besides clinical work, Kenny is an active researcher with an interest in developing experimental methods to intervene anxiety, depression, and suicidality in young people. Kenny completed his doctoral thesis on adolescent social anxiety under the supervision of Dr Eleanor Leigh and Prof David M Clark from the Oxford Centre for Anxiety and Trauma at Oxford University.

Prior to his doctoral training, Kenny studied a MSc in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology at University College London and Yale University, where he developed a strong theoretical knowledge in developmental neuroscience, systemic theories, and psychoanalytic thoughts. He extended his knowledge by conducting neuroscience research in perinatal mental health, working with individuals with borderline personality disorders (BPD) at the London Early Years Parenting Unit, and researching emotion regulation in military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at the Veteran Association in America. He completed his MSc thesis on parental reflective functioning under the supervision Prof Helena Rutherford.

In his undergraduate years, he was awarded the Serena-Yang Scholarship by the University of Hong Kong to study Experimental Psychology at Oxford University. He completed his undergraduate thesis on adolescent social anxiety under the supervision of Dr Jennifer Lau. He received training in mindfulness-based intervention (MBCT) at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. He assisted Prof Wong Chee-Wing, Chairperson of Chinese Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, in the organisation of an international psychology conference.

Leigh E, Chiu K, Clark DM (2021). Self-focused attention and safety behaviours maintain social anxiety in adolescents: an experimental study. PLoS One.

Chiu K, Clark DM, Leigh E (2021). Cognitive predictors of social anxiety in adolescents. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 137, 103801.

Chiu K, Clark DM, Leigh E (2020). Prospective associations between peer functioning and social anxiety in adolescents: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders, 279, 650-661.

Leigh E, Chiu K, Clark DM (2020). The effects of modifying mental imagery in adolescent social anxiety. PLOS ONE, 15(4): e0230826. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0230826

Leigh E, Chiu K (2018). Can the Clark & Wells (1995) Cognitive model of social anxiety help in predicting adolescent social anxiety and peer victimisation? A prospective longitudinal study. Paper presented at the 9th World Congress of Behavioural & Cognitive Therapies, Berlin, Germany. Abstract retrieved from https://www.psychologie.uzh.ch/dam/jcr:ecf0d1b2-aaa6-434d-a587-d43b72231145/Congress-Programme.pdf

Rutherford H, Chiu K (2018). The pregnant brain: Neural activity, maternal-fetal attachment, and postpartum reflective functioning. Supplement to the Infant Mental Health Journal, 39. https://cdn.ymaws.com/waimh.org/resource/resmgr/images/congresses/2018/imhj_waimh_congress_abstract.pdf

Chiu K, Rutherford H. (2017). Maternal-fetal attachment and resting frontal alpha asymmetry: the mediating role of depression. Abstracts of papers and posters presented at the 37th Annual SRIP Conference Principal Hotel, York, UK, 12th – 13th September 2017, Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 36(3), e1-e43, DOI: 10.1080/02646838.2018.1470220