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Lalitha Iyadurai

BA ClinPsyD DPhil

Research Clinical Psychologist

  • Honorary Clinical Psychologist, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

My research focuses on the area of psychological trauma, and the development of intrusive memories after trauma exposure. Intrusive memories of traumatic events are distressing symptoms in their own right, as well as a cardinal symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and have transdiagnostic relevance across other disorder such as depression and complicated grief. In particular I am interested in developing low-intensity preventive interventions that can be offered to people in the early aftermath of trauma.

My current work examines the relationship between sleep immediately post-trauma and later psychopathology. It also explores the acceptability of low-intensity interventions (e.g. computer game-play, sleep deprivation) for people exposed to trauma, such as patients in the emergency department and emergency staff/paramedics. This work is funded by the Wellcome Trust as part of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute. I work with Prof Emily Holmes and Prof Guy Goodwin across the Department of Psychiatry in Oxford and the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge (Emotional disorders and mental imagery).

My DPhil (PhD) at the Department of Psychiatry, Oxford, was funded by a NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship (2012-2015). I developed a simple cognitive intervention involving computer game-play to reduce intrusive memories after trauma. This involved a clinical trial in a hospital emergency department with road traffic accident patients (SCARTA).

Prior to this I worked as a Senior Clinical Psychologist in Neuropsychology (Buckinghamshire and Gloucestershire). I obtained my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester (2006-2009).