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DPhil Experimental Psychology
Broadly, my current research focuses on 'mood instability' - the tendency for moods to change rapidly, and problematically, in some individuals. By understanding the nature of mood instability more clearly, and the impact it has on people's lives, we hope to better understand conditions like bipolar disorder and boderline personality disorder.
I work with Professors Guy Goodwin and John Geddes to support the OXTEXT and CONBRIO research programs. These projects have over lapping themes, and broadly speaking, both investigate the symptomatology, neuropsychology, neurophysiology and genetics of bipolar disorder. Both projects utilize the proprietary mood-monitoring software, True Colours, which has helped us to track changes in patients' moods over long time periods - in some cases, many years. The CONBRIO project (funded by the Wellcome Trust) also investigates some of the features of borderline personality disorder.
I co-ordinate different aspects of this work including, most notably, the AMoSS project (Automated Monitoring of Symptom Severity) which uses automated technologies including smart phones and smart watches, together with True Colours, to investigate mood instability in patients with bipolar disorder or borderline personality disorder. My previous qualitative research has focused on patients’ and clinicians’ experience of mental health assessments, specifically in cases where patients are suffering from unstable or changing moods. My DPhil research also gave me experience in studying the neurochemical basis for human decision-making and, more specifically, the role played by serotonin in social behaviour. Finally, I collaborate with other researchers at Oxford University in projects which looks at the effects of yoga and meditation among prisoners.
I hold two teaching posts: I am a Psychology Lecturer at Jesus College, with undergraduate teaching responsibilities, and also enjoy giving tutorials in Neurophysiology at my old College, Corpus Christi.
Psychiatric assessment of mood instability: qualitative study of patient experience.
Bilderbeck AC. et al, (2014), Br J Psychiatry, 204, 234 - 239
Serotonin and social norms: tryptophan depletion impairs social comparison and leads to resource depletion in a multiplayer harvesting game.
Bilderbeck AC. et al, (2014), Psychol Sci, 25, 1303 - 1313
Serotonergic activity influences the cognitive appraisal of close intimate relationships in healthy adults.
Bilderbeck AC. et al, (2011), Biol Psychiatry, 69, 720 - 725
How cognition modulates affective responses to taste and flavor: top-down influences on the orbitofrontal and pregenual cingulate cortices.
Grabenhorst F. et al, (2008), Cereb Cortex, 18, 1549 - 1559
Fear responses to safety cues in anxious adolescents: Preliminary evidence for atypical age-associated trajectories of functional neural circuits
Haddad ADM. et al, (2015), Journal of Psychiatric Research, 68, 301 - 308
Fear responses to safety cues in anxious adolescents: Preliminary evidence for atypical age-associated trajectories of functional neural circuits.
Haddad AD. et al, (2015), J Psychiatr Res, 68, 301 - 308
Verbal learning impairment in euthymic bipolar disorder: BDI v BDII.
Bourne C. et al, (2015), J Affect Disord, 182, 95 - 100
Rationale and design of OxLith: a randomised placebo controlled trial exploring the short-term physical and psychological effects of lithium on mood instability
Geddes JR. et al, (2015), BIPOLAR DISORDERS, 17, 110 - 110
Daily and weekly mood ratings: relative contributions to the differentiation of bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder
Bilderbeck AC. et al, (2015), BIPOLAR DISORDERS, 17, 129 - 130