Dr Josephine Neale

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist


Dr Josephine Neale (MBBS, BSc, MRCPsych) is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist. Trained at the prestigious Great Ormond Street Hospital, Dr Neale has worked in national specialist teams across a range of subspecialties in child psychiatry and has worked in inpatient and outpatient mental health services. Since joining Priory in 2019, Dr Neale has led teams in adolescent inpatient services, in both a general adolescent ward and a psychiatric intensive care ward.

Dr Neale has comprehensive experience in the assessment and management of young people with a wide range of mental health difficulties, and has a particular interest in those with autism spectrum disorder, eating disorders and somatisation (overlap between psychological and physical symptoms). Dr Neale is a firm believer in the importance of mind-body connection and a relaxed treatment setting - vital concepts which she incorporates into her work with children and young people.

Dr Neale’s clinical expertise is underpinned by an exceptional academic background. Dr Neale completed her undergraduate medical training at the Royal Free & University College Medical School in London and as part of this, was awarded a BSc in Medical Sciences with Physiology and Pharmacology. Dr Neale is an honorary clinical research fellow at Imperial College London, an adviser to the Academy of Eating Disorders Medical Care Standards Committee and has a postgraduate certificate in Medical Education.

As a solo practitioner in a private outpatient setting, Dr Neale is unable to accept referrals if there is a risk that cannot be safely managed or if the needs of the young person/family cannot be met in the private outpatient setting. This may be the case if a young person is presenting with potential risk of harm to self or others, or a degree of complexity which may require more urgent or intensive intervention and a multidisciplinary team approach to treatment. It is important that all available and relevant information is provided in the referral so that a decision can be made before an assessment is offered. This is to avoid a young person and family requiring signposting via the GP to another service. At the end of your initial assessment, Dr Neale will advise whether she can accept you under her care.

Research interests

As honorary clinical research fellow at Imperial College London, Dr Neale is working on a national surveillance study of avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) in the UK and Ireland. She is also an adviser to the Academy of Eating Disorder Medical Care Standards Committee. Dr Neale has published a systematic review and meta-analysis on the growth of children and young people with eating disorders, in addition to other journal articles based on her research projects, and has authored a textbook chapter on the links between mental and physical health in young people.

Dr Neale also has a postgraduate certificate in Medical Education (with Distinction) from University College London and with strong academic links, Dr Neale maintains a role in teaching medical students, MSc students and child psychiatry trainees.

Links to clinical articals/research papers:


  • Neale J, Hudson LD. (2020) Anorexia nervosa in adolescents. British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 81 (6), pp. 1-8.
  • Röhricht F, Eranti S, Ballerini M, Mancini M, Neale J, Tsoumpris A, Stanghellini G. (2020) Abnormal bodily phenomena in first episode psychosis – a preliminary, exploratory cohort study. Psychopathology, 53, pp. 74-83.
  • Neale J, Pais S, Nicholls D, Hudson L. (2020) What are the effects of restrictive eating disorders on growth and puberty and are effects permanent? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Adolescent Health, 66 (2), pp. 144-156.
  • Neale J, Pais S, Nicholls D, Hudson L. (2019) P29 Can eating disorders in children and young people permanently affect growth and pubertal development? BMJ Paediatrics Open, 3 (Suppl 1): A15.
  • Neale J, Pais S, Nicholls D, Hudson L. (2019) G254(P) Can eating disorders in children and young people permanently affect growth and pubertal development? Archives of Disease in Childhood, 104: A103.
  • Neale J. (2019) What is the evidence for the use of simulation training to teach communication skills in psychiatry? Evidence-Based Mental Health, 22, pp. 23-25.
  • Cerci D, Neale J. (2018) Working with interpreters in mental health: Are we lost in translation? International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 64 (5), pp. 509-510.
  • Singhal R, Neale J, Super P. Port infection – a hidden and avoidable cause of port rotation [abstract]. In: Abstracts from the XVII World Congress of International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO); 11-15 September 2012; New Delhi. Obesity Surgery; September 2012. Abstract P103.

Book Chapters

  • Neale J, Hudson L. (2020) Links Between a Child’s Physical Health and Mental Health IN: Lavis, P., Bailey, S., Knightsmith, P. and Theodosiou, L. (eds.) Children and Young People’s Mental Health Today, 2nd ed.


  • Approval under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act.
  • Approved Clinician under the Mental Health Act.
  • General Medical Council (GMC) Specialist Register entry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
  • Intercalated BSc in Medical Sciences with Physiology and Pharmacology, University College London.
  • Medicine MBBS, Royal Free & University College Medical School, London.
  • Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education (with Distinction), University College London.

“Every day of my life will be better because you gave me a reason to live.”

“Dr Neale was very understanding, easy to talk to, compassionate, empathetic, kind and fair.”

“I would like to thank Dr Neale for the level of patience, compassion and determination she showed in helping [our daughter].”