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Simon Blackwell

MA(Cantab) MSc DClinPsych CPsychol AFBPsS

Post-doctoral Research Assistant

  • Reseach Clinical Psychologist

I work in the Experimental Psychopathology and Cognitive Therapies (EPaCT) team led by Prof Emily Holmes. I am currently working on the development of novel computerised treatments for depression and anxiety that aim to directly modify the cognitive biases implicated in maintaining these disorders and thus improve mood and mental health. This research is funded by a grant awarded by the Lupina Foundation to Prof Emily Holmes.

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Appointments:

2010 - onward: Post-doctoral Research Assistant, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford

2008 - 2010: Clinical Psychologist, Psychological Services, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

2005 - 2008: Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Oxford Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology

2004 - 2005: MSc Research in Psychology, University of Oxford

2002 - 2004: Healthcare Assistant, South West London and St. George's Mental Health NHS Trust 

1999 - 2002: BA Natural Sciences (Part II Psychology), University of Cambridge

Awards:

British Psychological Society Postdoctoral Study Visit Scheme 2011/2012

 Conference presentations:

Blackwell, S. E. (2012, August). Does training positive interpretation and imagery reduce symptoms of depression? A first test of a novel intervention versus a control condition. In M. L. Woud (Chair), Assessment and Modification of Biased Cognitive Processes across Emotional Disorders: A Matter of Interpretation. Symposium at the European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies 42nd Annual Conference, Geneva, Switzerland.

Blackwell, S. E. (2012, August). Using Imagery in Cognitive Bias Modification for Depression. In E. Koster & J. Everaert (Chair), The Combined Cognitive Bias Hypothesis in Anxiety and Depression: Towards a Comprehensive Understanding of Cognitive Vulnerability. Symposium at the European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies 42nd Annual Conference, Geneva, Switzerland.

Blackwell, S. E. (2012, June). Understanding and enhancing the clinical impact of cognitive bias modification for depression using mental imagery. In S. E. Blackwell (Chair)From Basic Science to Innovative Treatments: Using Cognitive Bias Modification to Understand and Develop Psychological Interventions. Invited symposium at the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies 40th Annual Conference, University of Leeds, UK.

Blackwell, S. E. & Holmes, E. A. (2011, August). Promoting positive imagery in depression using cognitive bias modification: first steps in the development of a novel treatment. In de Hullu, E. (Chair), How to change the way people see the world: New developments in cognitive bias modification. Symposium at the European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies 41st Annual Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Blackwell, S. E., Lang, T. J., Harmer, C. J., Davison, P. & Holmes, E. A. (2011, July). Can we use home computers to change the way that people think? Cognitive Bias Modification using mental imagery in depression. In S. E. Blackwell (Chair), 2011: A CBM Odyssey. Developing Cognitive Bias Modification as a novel computerized intervention. Invited symposium at the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies 39th Annual Conference, University of Surrey, UK.

Blackwell, S. E. & Holmes, E. A. (2010, July). Modifying interpretation and imagination in clinical depression: A single case series using cognitive bias modification. In C. Deeprose (Chair), Cognitive Bias Modification: Exploring the Role of Mental Imagery. Symposium conducted at the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies 38th Annual Conference, University of Manchester, UK.

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