Dr Ivanka Ezhova

Clinical Psychologist

Professional Experience

My name is Dr Ivanka Ezhova and I am a Registered Clinical Psychologist. I have 15 years extensive international experience of clinical practice, multidisciplinary research and education across the United Kingdom, France, and Bulgaria. I have worked in a range of clinical settings, including specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), acute in-patient care, primary and secondary care, and the private sector. I have also undertaken research in the specialist areas of Clinical Psychology and Public Health and delivered teaching and mentoring for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and PhD candidates.

I founded Psychology Centre London where I work with USA, EU and UK-based companies, private clinics, rehabilitation treatment centres and private clients located worldwide. I perform psychological diagnostic assessments and provide online specialist psychological interventions to English, French and Bulgarian-speaking clients internationally. I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy.

I also design and run seminars and webinars for academic and non-academic audiences and write for scientific and non-scientific journals.


All acquired from University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France

  • PhD Clinical Psychology – Highest honours
  • MA Cross-cultural Psychology and Psychoanalysis – Distinction
  • MSc Clinical Psychology – Distinction
  • BSc Psychology – Distinction

Professional Membership

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Bulgarian

Research and Publications

  1. Fitzpatrick, J., Hayes, N., Naughton, C., Ezhova, I. (2021). Evaluating a specialist education programme for nurses and allied health professionals working in older people care: A qualitative analysis of motivations and impact. Nurse Education Today, 97.
  2. Fitzpatrick, J., Rafferty A.M., Hussein, S., Ezhova, I., Palmer, S., Adams, R., Rees, L., Brearley, S., Sims, S., Harris, R. (2021). Protecting older people living in care homes from COVID-19: a protocol for a mixed-methods study to understand the challenges and solutions to implementing social distancing and isolation. BMJ Open.
  3. Oates, J., Rafferty, A.M., Ezhova, I., Topping, A., Wadey, E. (2021). Factors affecting high secure forensic mental health nursing workforce sustainability: perspectives from frontline nurses and stakeholders. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 00(1-11).
  4. Green, C.E.D.A., Manthrope, J., Steils, N., Stevens, M., Martineau, S., Woolham, J., Orellana, K., Norrie, C., Ionescu, A., Wiskerke, E., Samsi, K., Bramley, S., Cornes, M., Rafferty, A.M., Ezhova, I., Leahy, A. (2020). International policy responses and early management of threats posed by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic to social care. Journal of long-term care. 108-117.
  5. Oates, J., Topping, A., Ezhova, I., Wadey, E., Rafferty, A.M. (2020). An integrative review of nursing staff experiences in high secure forensic mental health settings: Implications for recruitment and retention strategies. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 76, 2897-2908.
  6. Ezhova, I., Sayer, L., Newland, R., Davis, N., McLetchie-Holder, S., Burrows, P., Middleton, L., Malone, M.E. (2020). Models and frameworks that enable nurses to develop their public health practice—A scoping study. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 29(13-14), 2150-2160.
  7. Ezhova, I., Savidge, L., Cassidy, J., Okwuokei, A., Bonnet, C., Dickinson, T. (2020) Barriers to stop older adults seeking sexual health advice and treatment. A scoping review. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 107.
  8. Dillane, B., Ezhova, I., Ryan, S., Tee, S., Rafferty AM. (2018). Cameos of Compassion: Exploring compassionate care using secondary analysis of digital patients’ stories. Innovations in Global Health Professions Education.
  9. Malone, M., Whittaker, K., Cowley, S., Ezhova, I., and Maben, J. (2016). Health visitor education for today’s Britain: messages from a narrative review of the health visitor literature, Nurse Education Today, 44:175-186.
  10. Ezhova, I., Martinez, N., Ciais, C., Fogliarini, A., Cherikh, F., Coso, D., Peyrade, F. (2014). How to effectively disclose a cancer diagnosis to young adults and teenagers? Bulletin du Cancer, 101(6):564-570.