Dr Dasha Nicholls, Child Psychiatry


Dr Dasha Nicholls is Reader in Child Psychiatry at Imperial College London and Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Central and North West London NHS Trust and East London NHS Trust. Her research and clinical work is concerned with feeding and eating disorders in children and adolescents, including early onset eating disorders, avoidant restrictive food intake disorders, and child and adolescent obesity. Until moving to Imperial in 2018 she was Joint Head of the Feeding and Eating Disorders service at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where she led the national eating disorders team, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.

Dasha is currently chair of the Eating Disorders Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) as well as being a member of the Board of Trustees and the International Advisory Committee at the RCPsych. She led development of the Junior MARSIPAN guidelines (CR168, 2012) for the management of seriously ill patients with anorexia nervosa. Dasha was a member of the NICE Guideline Committee and NICE quality standards committee for eating disorders, as well as the NHS England Expert Reference Group developing the commissioning guidance for children and young people’s eating disorders services (CYP EDS). She helped develop the Qualty standards for CYP EDS and, in partnership with the South London and Maudsley team, co-led the National Whole Team training for CYP EDS in 2017/18.

She is Past President of the Academy of Eating Disorders, the largest international eating disorders professional association, and in 2017 instigated development of the British Eating Disorders Society. She was co-founder of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Surveillance System (CAPSS) for research into rare disorders and events in child mental health. She has published over 60 research articles and book chapters and is actively engaged in lecturing and teaching.

Dasha has many years experience of offering independent advice related to child and adolescent eating disorders as well as lecturing, training and supervision. She has undertaken legal reports, complex case assessments, and independent enquiries as well as offering clinical opinions to patients, parents, clinicians and teams.