Dr Amita Jassi

Dr Amita Jassi_bwDr Amita Jassi is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the National and Specialist OCD, BDD and Related Disorder Service for Children and Young People (South London and Maudsley NHS Trust). She has worked with this client group since 2006. Amita is the lead for the BDD branch of the service as well as the research lead for the clinic.

In her clinical role, she leads multi-disciplinary specialist assessments and develops and delivers individually-tailored treatment packages, including intensive, home-based and inpatient treatment, as well as offering consultation and joint work with clinicians around the country. Amita has taught and trained nationally and internationally on child and adolescent OCD and BDD and engages with media to help increase awareness and understanding of OCD, BDD and related disorders.


Awards and grants

2012 – NHS Hero award – won award following nomination by young person for going ‘above and beyond’ what was needed for his OCD treatment.

2012 – Biomedical Research Centre (principal investigator) – awarded two days a week for 6 months pay cover to work on research examining treatment outcomes for treatment resistant OCD and improving treatments for people with ASD and OCD.

2012 – Awarded £43000 by Maudsley Charity Grant (co-applicant) – Children from ethnic minorities with obsessive compulsive disorder: reducing inequalities and improving access to evidence-based treatment.

2014 – Awarded £24,000 by Maudsley Charity (co-applicant) – Internet-based cognitive behaviour therapy for children and adolescents with OCD: development of a novel program

2016 – Biomedical Research Centre (principal investigator) – awarded one day a week for 9 months to develop and evaluate treatment protocol for young people with OCD and ASD.

2016 – Awarded £50,000 – Maudsley Charity (principal investigator) – Reducing inequalities in access to services for OCD for young people and families from ethnic minority backgrounds.



Research interests include OCD, BDD and related disorders; phenomenology, factors affecting treatment outcomes, developing and improving treatments for these conditions, impact of ethnicity on access and treatment, family accommodation, ASD, multi-family group.


Brown, H. M., Lester, K. J., Jassi, A., Heyman, I., & Krebs, G. (2015). Paediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder and depressive symptoms: Clinical correlates and CBT treatment outcomes. Journal of abnormal child psychology, 43(5), 933-942.

Buckley, V., Krebs, G., Bowyer, L., Jassi, A., Goodman, R., Clark, B., & Stringaris, A. (2018). Innovations in Practice: Body dysmorphic disorder in youth–using the Development and Well‐Being Assessment as a tool to improve detection in routine clinical practice. Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Christie, D., & Jassi, A. (2002). ‘Oh no he doesn’t!’, ‘Oh yes he does!’: comparing parent and teacher perceptions in Tourette’s syndrome. Clinical child psychology and psychiatry, 7(4), 553-558.

de la Cruz, L. F., Kolvenbach, S., Vidal-Ribas, P., Jassi, A., Llorens, M., Patel, N., … & Mataix-Cols, D. (2016). Illness perception, help-seeking attitudes, and knowledge related to obsessive–compulsive disorder across different ethnic groups: a community survey. Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology, 51(3), 455-464.

de la Cruz, L. F., Jassi, A., Krebs, G., Clark, B., & Mataix-Cols, D. (2015). Phenomenology and treatment outcomes in children and adolescents from ethnic minorities with obsessive–compulsive disorder. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 4, 30-36.

de la Cruz, L. F., Llorens, M., Jassi, A., Krebs, G., Vidal-Ribas, P., Radua, J., … & Mataix-Cols, D. (2015). Ethnic inequalities in the use of secondary and tertiary mental health services among patients with obsessive–compulsive disorder. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 207(6), 530-535.

Jassi, A. (2013). Can I tell you about OCD?: A guide for friends, family and professionals. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 

Jassi, A. D., Kolvenbach, S., Heyman, I., Macleod, T., Rose, J., & Diamond, H. (2016). Increasing knowledge about obsessive compulsive disorder and support for parents and schools: Evaluation of initiatives. Health Education Journal, 75(5), 600-609.

Jassi, A.D. & Krebs, G. ‘Working with challenging young people and families’. In Storch, E. A., McGuire, J. F., & McKay, D. (Eds.). (2017). The Clinician’s Guide to Cognitive-behavioral Therapy for Childhood Obsessive-compulsive Disorder. Academic Press.

Jassi, A. D., Patel, N., Lang, K., Heyman, I., & Krebs, G. (2016). Ritualised eating in young people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; clinical characteristics and treatment outcomes. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 8, 1-8.

Kolvenbach, S., Fernández de la Cruz, L., Mataix‐Cols, D., Patel, N., & Jassi, A. (2018). Perceived treatment barriers and experiences in the use of services for obsessive–compulsive disorder across different ethnic groups: a thematic analysis. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 23(2), 99-106.

Krebs, G., Isomura, K., Lang, K., Jassi, A., Heyman, I., Diamond, H., … & Mataix‐Cols, D. (2015). How resistant is ‘treatment‐resistant’obsessive‐compulsive disorder in youth?. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 54(1), 63-75.

Krebs, G., Murray, K., & Jassi, A. (2016). Modified Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Severe, Treatment‐Resistant Obsessive‐Compulsive Disorder in an Adolescent With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of clinical psychology, 72(11), 1162-1173.

Monzani, B., Jassi, A., Heyman, I., Turner, C., Volz, C., & Krebs, G. (2015). Transformation obsessions in paediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder: Clinical characteristics and treatment response to cognitive behaviour therapy. Journal of behavior therapy and experimental psychiatry, 48, 75-81.

Murray, K., Jassi, A., Mataix-Cols, D., Barrow, F., & Krebs, G. (2015). Outcomes of cognitive behaviour therapy for obsessive–compulsive disorder in young people with and without autism spectrum disorders: A case controlled study. Psychiatry research, 228(1), 8-13.

Ritvo, R. A., Ritvo, E. R., Guthrie, D., Ritvo, M. J., Hufnagel, D. H., McMahon, W., Tonge, B., Mataix-Cols, D., Jassi, A.D., Attwood, T. & Eloff, J. (2011). The Ritvo Autism Asperger Diagnostic Scale-Revised (RAADS-R): a scale to assist the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in adults: an international validation study. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 41(8), 1076-1089.

Russell, A. J., Jassi, A., Fullana, M. A., Mack, H., Johnston, K., Heyman, I., … & Mataix‐Cols, D. (2013). Cognitive behavior therapy for comorbid obsessive‐compulsive disorder in high‐functioning autism spectrum disorders: A randomized controlled trial. Depression and Anxiety, 30(8), 697-708.

Russell, A., Jassi, A., & Johnston, K. (2018). OCD and Autism: A Clinician’s Guide to Adapting CBT. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 

Upcoming publications:

Appearance Anxiety: A book on BDD for Young People, Families and Professionals (due to be published in March 2019)

Jassi, A.D. & Kindynis, Z. (2019) ‘Using Exposure with Young Children’. In

McGuire, J., Peris, T., & Storch, E A. (Eds) A Clinicians’ Guide to Exposure Therapy with Children and Adolescents.

Jassi, A.D. & Krebs, G. (2019) ‘CBT for young person with ASD and OCD’ In In Storch, E. A., McKay, D. & Abramowitz, J. (Eds.)Advanced Casebook of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders 

Jassi, A.D., Baloch, A., Thomas-Smith., K & Lewis, A. (in prep) ‘Family accommodation in body dysmorphic disorder’.

Jassi, A.D., Krebs., G., Lewis, A. & Stobie (in prep) ‘Using the C in CBT’.

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