Nicola Ryan

Nicola Ryan

School: School of Nursing

Job Title: Senior Lecturer in Mental Health


Phone: 07768177742

Location: Kingston Hill Campus


I have recently joined the mental health nursing team as a senior lecturer following 13 years as a clinician. My teaching is general mental health and specialist teaching in child and adolescent mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders as well as CBT skills to other branches of nursing, social work and education.

My background is predominantly child and adolescent mental health and psychological therapies. My specialism is diagnostic assessment of young people with Autism, ADHD and Tourette's Syndrome.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • CPD Therapy, ERP and Habit Reversal Behavioural Therapy for Tourettes Syndrome, Tourettes Action via Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital
  • PgDip, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Kings College (IOP) and Anna Freud Centre
  • Dip HE (accelerated 2 years), Mental Health Nursing, Kingston University and St Georges Hospital
  • MSc, MSc Mental Health (with LD), Kings College Guys Hospital
  • BSc(Hons), Psychology, University of Surrey Roehampton

Professional experience

  • 2017 - 2018
    Mental Health Therapist, CAMHS Kingston
  • 2016 - 2018
    Teaching CBT skills on nursing preceptorship course, SWLSTG
  • 2015 - 2017
    Neurodevelopmental Nurse Specialist, CAMHS Neurodevelopmental assessment service
  • 2015 - 2017
    developed and ran parent courses - Autism post diagnosis, SWLSTG CAMHS
  • 2012 - 2015
    Camhs Nurse Specialist (Neurodevelopmental and CBT), CAMHS Richmond
  • 2008 - 2012
    Child and Adolescent Substance Misuse Nurse Specialist, CAMHS
  • 2007 - 2008
    Community Psychiatric Nurse, Addictions Psychiatry SWLSTG
  • 1999 - 2004
    Learning support assistant, Autistic unit in mainstream school
  • 1995 - 1999
    Support worker, Wirral National Autistic Society

Professional registration and membership

  • Mental Health Nurse, NMC
  • Child CBT Therapist, British Association of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists

Research interests

Neurodevelopmental Disorders in children and young people such as Autism, ADHD and co existing Tourettes Syndrome and other mental health disorders.
Psychological and behavioural therapies for young people.
Raising awareness of the above through teaching pre registration health professionals in training.


2017- 2018 Professional Advisor Young Minds Parent line
2012- current Speaker at ADHD Richmond
Current - Freelance Consultant National Autistic Society (diagnostic assessments)