Clinical and Health research group

Research currently includes a number of projects organised in themes:

  • Addiction
  • Drug and alcohol misuse
  • The role of conditioning in substance misuse
  • Smoking behaviour
  • Problematic internet use
  • Behaviour change interventions targeting diet, exercise, and alcohol consumption
  • Changes in emotion processing associated with physical and mental health conditions
  • Coping and burnout
  • Preparation and recovery from surgery
  • End of life care
  • Impulsivity and risk-taking in clinical and non-clinical groups
  • The neuropathology of schizophrenia
  • Identifying susceptibility genes of schizophrenia
  • Cognition and neurobiology of schizophrenia and high risk populations
  • Psychological adjustment in pregnancy and post-partum

This is a multidisciplinary group of health, clinical and behavioural psychologists as well as neuropsychologists. Research expertise encompasses several aspects of human behaviour in clinical and non-clinical populations.

Research is conducted in purpose-built laboratories in the department or through an extensive network of collaborating clinicians in the NHS. Much of the research is conducted in collaboration with colleagues at other universities and with national and international institutions including:

  • Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, London, UK
  • Institute of Psychology, Sao Paulo University, Brasil
  • McClean Hospital, Harvard University, USA
  • National Institute of Mental Health, USA
  • Studi Cognitivi, Modena, Italy
  • University of Birmingham, UK

PhD students:

  • Victoria Barber
  • Victoria Burmester
  • Zoe Dodd
  • Sarah Geisemeyer
  • Dawn Leach
  • Helen Sue Pike
  • I-Ling Yeh

Research affiliates:

  • Fatoumata Jatta (Research assistant)
  • Francesca Zaninotto (Visiting researcher)

Representative publications

  • Birak, K.S., Higgs, S. and Terry, P. (2011) Conditioned tolerance to the effects of alcohol on inhibitory control in humans. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 46,686-693
  • Felisberti, F.M. and Musholt, K. (2014). Self-face recognition: Individual differences and discrepancies associated with mental self-face representation, attractiveness and self-esteem. Psychology & Neuroscience, 7, 65-72.
  • Jones, C, Kelliher, L, Dickinson, M, Riga, A, Worthington, T, Scott, M, Vandrevala, T, Fry , C, Karanjia , N and Quiney, N (2013) Randomized clinical trial on enhanced recovery versus standard care following open liver resection. British Journal of Surgery, 100, 1015-1024.
  • Hughes, H., Meddings, S., Vandrevala, T., Homes, S. and Hayward, M. (2011) Carers' experiences of assertive outreach services: An exploratory study. Journal of Mental Health, 20, 70-78.
  • La Rooy, D., Nicol, A. and Terry, P. (2013) Intoxicated eyewitnesses: The effects of alcohol on eyewitness recall across repeated interviews. Open Journal of Medical Psychology, 2,107-114.
  • Nik?evi?, A. V., Caselli, G., Wells, A. &  & Spada, M.M. (in press). The metacognitions about smoking questionnaire: Development and psychometric properties. Addictive Behaviors.
  • Nik?evi?, A. V. & Nicolaides, K.H. (2014). Search for meaning, finding meaning and adjustment in women following miscarriage: A longitudinal study. Psychology & Health, 29, 50-63.
  • Pavey, L., & Churchill, S. (2014). Promoting the avoidance of high-calorie snacks: priming autonomy moderates message framing effects. PloS One , 9, e103892.
  • Pavey, L., & Sparks, P. (2012) Autonomy and defensiveness: experimentally increasing adaptive responses to health-risk information via priming and self-affirmation. Psychology & Health, 27, 259-276.
  • Vyas, N.S., Birchwood, M., & Singh, S.P. (in press). Youth Services: Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Adolescents. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine.
  • Vyas, N.S., Ahn, K., Stahl, D.R., Caviston, P., Simic, M., Netherwood, S., Puri, B.K., Lee, Y., & Aitchison, K.J. (2014). Association of KIBRA rs17070145 polymorphism with episodic memory in the early stages of a human neurodevelopmental disorder. Psychiatry Research, 220 (1-2), 37-43.

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