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Dr Katherine Button

Dr Katherine Button

Dr Katherine Button
BA(Cantab), MEd, PhD

Lecturer

Area of research

Cognitive mechanisms of common mental health disorders

Oakfield House,
Oakfield Grove, Clifton BS8 2BN
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+44 (0) 117 3317499

Summary

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. 

Biography

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. 

Keywords

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

Skills

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Social Anxiety

Processes and functions

  • Cognitive mechanisms

Methodologies

  • Experimental Behavioural Paradigms
  • Epidemiology
  • Clinical Trials
  • fMRI

Memberships

Organisations

School of Social and Community Medicine

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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