Dr Alex Clarke is a consultant clinical and health psychologist. From 2002 – 2014 she set up and led a group of psychologists working in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust in London, and she has been a visiting professor at Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) for many years.
Retired from the NHS, Alex continues to work with medical colleagues to help further their understanding of the psychological factors involved in choices about altered appearance including cosmetic surgery. This includes developing resources and teaching on the Royal College of Surgeons professional Masterclass in cosmetic surgery. Her current research, as part of a team led by Professor Diana Harcourt at CAR, focuses on the process of decision making in women considering breast reconstruction. Her most recent publication is a multi-authored book for clinicians published at the end of 2013: Clarke et al: CBT for appearance anxiety. Wiley.