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 ...
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