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Oxford was the first University to have a psychological treatment endorsed by NICE for any disorder.

For some years Oxford has been building its strength in psychological therapies and this is an area in which we now excel; both in the development of highly effective treatment programmes and in the global dissemination of therapy and therapist training.  

This theme combines phenomenological, experimental and clinical studies to identify and modify the key psychological processes causing and maintaining psychological disorders (thought patterns, attention, memory and behaviours).

Research within this theme is conducted primarily in the Departments of Experimental Psychology and Psychiatry. To focus collaborative programmes of research in key areas, three allied research centres have been created:

Research highlights include:

  • Developing an effective therapy for all eating disorders
  • Establishing that the cognitive therapy programme developed in Oxford is the most effective treatment for social anxiety disorder
  • Showing that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be successfully treated with a 1-week cognitive therapy programme
  • Showing that mindfulness based therapy is effective in recurrent depression
  • Identifying the first genetic factor that moderates effectiveness of psychological therapy. 

Our team