Imperial College London

Emeritus ProfessorElenaGarralda Hualde

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Brain Sciences

Emeritus Professor







Commonwealth BuildingHammersmith Campus





Psychiatric and physical health are closely linked in children. This is most noticeable with psychosomatic problems, but children with a variety of paediatric disorders have an increased risk for psychiatric problems which can in turn adversely affect their wellbeing and overall health status. Our research has addressed the nature of these psychiatric adjustment problems, risk factors and outcome in children and young people with psychosomatic, chronic and acute paediatric disorders.

Our research has also focused on the psychiatric problems of previously little studied populations, including children and adolescents in primary care,  and established that primary care attenders have high rates of psychiatric - mainly emotional - disorders. A key strand of research on this theme has involved the develoment and dissemination of a therapeutic intervention for adolescent depression (TIDY) for use during routine work in general practice.

A health services aspect of our work has been at the forefront of the development and validation of outcome measures which are now widely used in clinical practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. This has involved close collaboration between Imperial College and CNWL NHS Foundation Trust as well as international collaborators.





Ingeman K, Frostholm L, Frydendal DH, et al., 2023, A new measure of excessive parental worries about children's health: Development of the Health Anxiety by Proxy Scale (HAPYS) (vol 75, pg 523, 2021), Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, ISSN:0803-9488

Garralda ME, 2022, Commentary: Against the widespread use of other types of PD diagnosis - a commentary on the May 2022 debate (should CAMH professionals be diagnosing personality disorder in adolescence?), Child Adolesc Ment Health, Vol:27, ISSN:1475-357X, Pages:250-252

Osmanov IM, Spiridonova E, Bobkova P, et al., 2022, Risk factors for long covid in previoulsy hospitalsied children using the ISARIC Global Follow-Up Protocol: a prospective cohort study, European Respiratory Journal, Vol:59, ISSN:0903-1936

Ingeman K, Frostholm L, Frydendal DH, et al., 2021, A new measure of excessive parental worries about children's health: development of the Health Anxiety by Proxy Scale (HAPYS), Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, Vol:75, ISSN:0029-1455, Pages:523-531

Pulham RA, Wray J, Feinstein Y, et al., 2019, Feasibility and acceptability of methods to collect follow-up information from parents 12 months after their child's emergency admission to pediatric intensive care, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Vol:20, ISSN:1529-7535, Pages:e199-e207

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