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Dr Katherine Button

Dr Katherine Button

Dr Katherine Button
B.A.(Cantab.), MEd, PhD

Visiting Research Associate

Area of research

Cognitive mechanisms of common mental health disorders

12a Priory Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TU
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+44 (0) 117 3317499


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. 


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Social Anxiety
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM)


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Social Anxiety

Processes and functions

  • Cognitive mechanisms


  • Experimental Behavioural Paradigms
  • Epidemiology
  • Clinical Trials
  • fMRI



School of Experimental Psychology

Other sites

Centres, collaborations and units

Recent publications

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

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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