Dipl-Psych PhD Dr rer nat habil CPsychol
Professor of Experimental Psychopathology and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow
- Co-Director, Oxford Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma
- NIHR Senior Investigator
Anxiety disorders and post traumatic stress disorder
My research mainly focuses on anxiety disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder. My Wellcome Trust funded group uses experimental paradigms and prospective longitudinal studies to identify psychological factors that help explain the development and maintenance of these disabling conditions. The results of these studies help us develop new psychological treatments that target these factors. The treatments are evaluated in randomised trials and cohort studies.
The cognitive therapy programme for PTSD developed by our group has been shown to be highly acceptable to patients and very effective. It has been successfully disseminated to provide effective treatment services for victims of the bombings in Omagh and London, and to National Health Service clinics.
Current research projects investigate whether the treatment can be delivered more efficiently, and what the mechanisms of treatment are. Experimental studies investigate mechanisms of intrusive memories after trauma.
I am a Supernumerary Fellow of Wolfson College. I am a Fellow of the British Academy, The Academy of Medical Sciences, the Association for Psychological Science, and an elected Member of German National Academy of Scientists Leopoldina and the Academia Europaea.
Describing the indescribable: A qualitative study of dissociative experiences in psychosis
CERNIS E. et al, (2020), PLoS One
Cognitive processes associated with sudden gains in cognitive therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder in routine care
WIEDEMANN M. et al, (2019), Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
The masking of mourning: Social disconnection after bereavement and its role in psychological distress
SMITH K. et al, (2019), Clinical Psychological Science
Cognitive paths from trauma to posttraumatic stress disorder: a prospective study of Ehlers and Clark's model in survivors of assaults or road traffic collisions.
Beierl ET. et al, (2019), Psychol Med, 1 - 10
Estimating the stability of heartbeat counting in middle childhood: a twin study.
Murphy J. et al, (2019), Biol Psychol