Dr Victoria Mountford

BA, DClinPsy, C.Psychol.

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Dr Victoria Mountford is a principal clinical psychologist, responsible for patient care, research and teaching, supervision, management and service development across the Eating Disorders Service.

She is also an honorary research associate at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.

Other roles

Dr Mountford is a member of the British Psychological Society; an accredited practitioner, supervisor and trainer with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP), and a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders.

She is the co-author of text on CBT for eating disorders and has worked on a number of grant-funded randomised controlled trials on the treatment of anorexia.

She was the co-author of a text on CBT for eating disorders and has worked on a number of grant-funded randomised controlled trials on the treatment of anorexia.


She completed her BA (Hons) in Psychology degree at Reading University and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) at University College London.

Before working at the Trust, she was a clinical psychologist at South West London and St George’s eating disorder service and an honorary research fellow at St George’s Hospital medical school.

In 2007, she was a runner-up in the London NHS Innovations Award (Publications).


Her current research interests include treatment processes and outcomes for body image. She is also involved in a four-year project called ‘Psychological therapies for anorexia nervosa: what works for whom, and does patient choice matter?’



Waller, G., Mountford, V., Lawson, R., Gray, E., Cordery, H. & Hinrichsen, H. (2010). Beating Your Eating Disorder: A Cognitive-Behavioural Self Help Guide for Adult Sufferers and their Carers. Cambridge University Press.

Waller, G., Cordery, H., Corstorphine, E., Hinrichsen, H., Lawson, R., Mountford, V. & Russell, K. (2007). Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for the Eating Disorders: A Comprehensive Treatment Guide. Cambridge University Press.

Peer reviewed papers:

Naylor, H., Mountford, V. & Brown, G. (in press). Beliefs about excessive exercise in eating disorders: The role of obsessions and compulsions. European Eating Disorders Review.

Turton, P., Demetriou, A., Boland, W., Gillard, S., Kavuma, M., Mezey, G., Mountford, V., Turner, K., White, S., Zadeh, E & Wright, C. (2011). One size fits all – or Horses for Courses? Recovery-based care in specialist Mental Health Services. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 46(2):127-36.

Ford, G., Waller, G. & Mountford, V. (2010). Invalidating childhood environments and core beliefs in women with eating disorders. European Eating Disorders Review.

Haase, A., Mountford, V. & Waller, G. (2010). Associations between body checking and disordered eating behaviours in non-clinical women. International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Bamford, B. & Mountford, V. (2010). Cognitive behavioural therapy for individuals with longstanding anorexia nervosa: adaptations, clinician survival and system issues. European Eating Disorders Review.

Haslam, M., Mountford, V., Meyer, C. & Waller, G. (2008). Invalidating childhood environments in anorexia and bulimia nervosa. Eating Behaviours, 9, 313-318.

Waller, G., Sines, J., Meyer, C. & Mountford, V. (2008). Body checking in the eating disorders: Association with narcissistic characteristics. Eating Behaviours. 9, 163-9

Waller, G., Corstorphine, E., Hinrichsen, H., Mountford, V., Lawson, R. & Patient, E. (under consideration). Individualized cognitive behavioural therapy for bulimia nervosa and atypical bulimic cases: Generalisability of effectiveness to clinical settings. Behaviour Research and Therapy.

Mountford, V., Haase, A. & Waller, G. (2007). Is body checking in the eating disorders more closely related to diagnosis or symptom presentation? Behaviour Research & Therapy, 45, 2704-11.

Haase, A., Mountford, V. & Waller, G. (2007). Understanding the link between body checking cognitions and behaviours: The role of social physique anxiety. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 40, 241-246.

Mountford, V., Corstorphine, E., Tomlinson, S., & Waller, G. (2007). Development of a measure to assess invalidating childhood environments in the eating disorders. Eating Behaviours, 8, 48-58.

Corstorphine, E., Mountford, V., Tomlinson, S., Waller, G., & Meyer, C. (2007). Distress tolerance in the eating disorders. Eating Behaviours, 8, 91-97.

Mountford, V., Haase, A., & Waller, G. (2006). Body checking in the eating disorders: Association between cognitions and behaviours. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 39, 708-715.

Mountford, V. & Waller, G. (2006). Using imagery in cognitive-behavioural treatment for eating disorders: tackling the restrictive mode. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 39, 533-543.

Mountford, V., Waller, G., Watson, D., & Scragg, P. (2004). An experimental analysis of the role of schema compensation in anorexia nervosa. Eating Behaviours, 5, 223-230.

Publications (invited):

Waller, G., Corstorphine, E. & Mountford, V. (2007). The role of emotional abuse in the eating disorders and its implications for treatment. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 15, 317-331.

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