Dr. Kristina Downing Orr

Writer, Broadcaster, clinical psychologist, & social anthropologist

Dr. Kristina Downing Orr is part of that new breed of specialists who can impart knowledge in a friendly and understandable form.  Kristina is an acclaimed Broadcaster who works across BBC TV and Radio, ITV, Channel 4, Five and Sky commenting on all aspects of human behaviour ranging from phobias, to depression, sex and happiness.  She is a fully qualified clinical psychologist specialising in social anthropology, health, psychology, science and social affairs. Kristina is also a working journalist for, amongst others, the Guardian and the New York Times writing features on social issues. Dr Orr is a celebrated author with twelve publications to her writing credits.


101 Reasons Why Your Man’s from Heaven…Why He’s from Hell by Kristina Downing-Orr (Mar 2003)
Shrink Resistant: A Comedy in Three Acts by Kristina Downing-Orr (2002)
Get the Life You Want! by Kristina Downing-Orr (2000)
What to Do If You’re Burned Out and Blue?: The Essential Guide to Help You Through Depression by Kristina Downing-Orr (2000)
Wearing the Ruby Slippers: Nine Steps to Happiness by Kristina Downing-Orr (Jan 2000)
Rethinking Depression: Why Current Treatments Fail by Kristina Downing-Orr (Hardcover – 1998)
Alienation and Social Support: Social Psychological Study of Homeless Young People in London and in Sydney by Kristina Downing-Orr (1996)
Methods and Methodologies: Case of Qualitative Psychology (Homelessness Monograph S.) by Kristina Downing-Orr (Paperback – 1995)
From Abusive Homes to a Violent Lifestyle: Protective Influence of the Homeless Community (Homelessness Monograph S.) by Kristina Downing-Orr (1995)
Youth Homelessness: Policy Recommendations (Homelessness Monograph S.) by Kristina Downing-Orr (Paperback – 1995)
Influence of Schools,Care and the Criminal Justice System on Leaving Home and Homelessness: The Process of Alienation Continued (Homelessness Monograph S.) by Kristina Downing-Orr (1995)
Process of Leaving Home and Remaining Homeless: The Importance of Acceptance and Belonging (Homelessness Monograph S.) by Kristina Downing-Orr (1995)



Clinical Psychologist working for Kensington/Chelsea and Hammersmith / Fulham NHS Trust

  • Specialising in Alcohol and drug misuse, depression, anxiety, Phobias and relationship disorders.

1997 –2000 — Clinical Psychologist working for the Warwickshire NHS Trust.

  • Main responsibilities including carrying out psychological assessments and therapeutic interventions for a wide range of adult and childhood mental health problems.

1966 – 1999 — Corporate Psychologist and CEO of Corporate Solutions.

  • Main responsibilities included running the organisation and acting as consultant to various industries advising on presentation skills, stress management, leadership, creativity and organisational behaviour.

1994 –1966 — Post-Doctoral Researcher at Queen’s College, Oxford University.
Conducted research and wrote a book on clinical depression entitled Rethinking Depression: Why current treatments fail (Plenum Press 1997)

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