Dr Debbie Plant

Dr Debbie Plant is a Clinical Psychologist and Team Lead for the CUES-Ed project. She co-created the school-based cognitive behavioural early intervention programme and developed a new specialist service dedicated to early intervention and the promotion of mental health for children.

She is responsible for ensuring delivery of the innovative programme to whole classes of primary school children with ongoing evaluation. She provides training and supervision for facilitators, ensuring delivery is of the highest quality and adapted to the particular needs of each cohort.

She continues to work creatively and has developed a number of adapted CUES programmes for more targeted, specific or clinical populations e.g. for ASD and paediatric populations.

Dr Plant is registered with the Health Professionals Council and is a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology Placement Supervisor. She has also been a Practice Tutor for the King’s Children and Young People’s Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) course and teaches on the Education Mental Health Practitioners course.


Dr Plant took her undergraduate psychology degree at the University of Sheffield and completed a Clinical Psychology Doctorate at University College London in 1999. She worked in specialist multidisciplinary Adolescent Teams providing assessment and treatment to young people and their families/carers with a range of complex mental health needs. She also worked in primary care and community child and adolescent settings with an emphasis on providing accessible and acceptable clinical work in close liaison with other agencies and community professionals.

After completing a postgraduate diploma in Child and Young Person IAPT Therapy she contributed to the development of a care pathway for CBT cases – ensuring provision of individual CBT for mood and anxiety difficulties across the age range 5-18yrs and the routine monitoring of outcomes. She facilitated CBT clinical supervision in both group and individual format within the IAPT framework.


She is a member of the CUES research group – exploring the effectiveness of both universal and early intervention programmes including CUES-Ed and a novel CBT package for children and adolescents with distressing unusual experiences.


Redfern, A., Jolley, S., Bracegirdle, K., Browning, S. and Plant, D. (2019) Innovations in Practice: CUES-Ed: an in-service evaluation of a new universal cognitive behavioural early mental health intervention programme for primary school children. Child and Adolescent Mental Health

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