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Dr Katherine Button
Dr Katherine Button
BA(Cantab), MEd, PhD
Area of research
Cognitive mechanisms of common mental health disorders
My research focuses on the cognitive mechanisms that contribute to common mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression. I use experimental techniques from cognitive psychology and functional neuroimaging to explore how these mechanisms may be modified to reduce anxiety and improve mood. I use epidemiological investigations to understand how dysfunctional cognitions arise. I also work with clinical data from randomised controlled trials to investigate factors associated with response to cognitive behavioural therapy. I am interested in applying the insights gained from my experimental work to improve cognitive-based intervention for patients in primary care.
I graduated from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, in 2005 with first class degree in neuroscience, and was awarded the A. J. Watson Prize for outstanding achievement in psychology. I then moved to Bristol and completed a MEd in the psychology of education at the Graduate School of Education. During this time I also worked as a research assistant in the Academic Unit of Primary Care, University of Bristol, on a large randomised controlled trial investigating online cognitive therapy for depression. In January 2013 I was awarded a PhD in psychiatry from the School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, and completed a UoB-MRC Centenary Award Fellowship. I am currently an NIHR School for Primary Care Postdoctoral Fellow.
- Social Anxiety
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM)
- Social Anxiety
Processes and functions
- Experimental Behavioural Paradigms
- Clinical Trials
- Dumas-Mallet, E, Button, KS, Boraud, T, Munafo, MR & Gonon, F, 2016, Replication Validity of Initial Association Studies: A Comparison between Psychiatry, Neurology and Four Somatic Diseases. PLoS ONE, vol 11.
- Kounali, D-Z, Button, K, Lewis, G & Ades, A, 2016, The relative responsiveness of test instruments can be estimated using a meta-analytic approach: an illustration with treatments for depression. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology.
- Rossi, R, Zammit, S, Button, KS, Munafo, M, Lewis, GH & David, A, 2016, Psychotic Experiences and Working Memory: A Population-Based Study Using Signal-Detection Analysis. PLoS ONE, vol 11.
- Button, KS, Kounali, D-Z, Thomas, LB, Wiles, NJ, Peters, T, Welton, NJ, Ades, AE & Lewis, G, 2015, Minimal clinically important difference on the Beck Depression Inventory - II according to the patient's perspective. Psychological Medicine, vol 45., pp. 3269-3279
- Pearson, RM, Heron, J, Button, K, Bentall, RP, Fernyhough, C, Mahedy, L, Bowes, L & Lewis, G, 2015, Cognitive styles and future depressed mood in early adulthood: the importance of global attributions. Journal of Affective Disorders, vol 171., pp. 60-7
- Button, KS, Karwatowska, L, Kounali, D, Munafò, MR & Attwood, AS, 2015, Acute anxiety and social inference: An experimental manipulation with 7.5% carbon dioxide inhalation. Journal of Psychopharmacology, vol 30., pp. 1036-1046
- Button, KS, Turner, N, Campbell, J, Kessler, D, Kuyken, W, Lewis, G, Peters, TJ, Thomas, L & Wiles, N, 2015, Moderators of response to cognitive behavioural therapy as an adjunct to pharmacotherapy for treatment-resistant depression in primary care. Journal of Affective Disorders, vol 174., pp. 272-280
- Davies, SJC, Pearson, RM, Stapinski, L, Bould, H, Christmas, DM, Button, KS, Skapinakis, P, Lewis, G & Evans, J, 2015, Symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder but not panic disorder at age 15 years increase the risk of depression at 18 years in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) cohort study. Psychological Medicine., pp. 1-13
- Sinclair, LI, Button, KS, Munafò, MR, Day, INM & Lewis, G, 2015, Possible Association of APOE Genotype with Working Memory in Young Adults. PLOS ONE, vol 10., pp. 1-13
- Carnegie, R, Shepherd, C, Pearson, RM, Button, KS, Munafò, MR, Evans, J & Penton-Voak, IS, 2015, Changing mothers' perception of infant emotion: a pilot study. Archives of women's mental health.
Networks & contacts
- Glyn Lewis (UCL)
- Marcus Munafo (School of Experimental Psychology)
- Ian Penton-Voak (School of Experimental Psychology)
- Matt Garner (University of Southampton)
- Nicola Wiles (SSCM)
- Tim Peters (School of Clinical Sciences)
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