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Pauline Thibaut

MSc Psychological Research Student

I am currently a MSc student at the University of Oxford, studying Psychological Research. I have a BSc in neuroscience from King's College London, and research experience at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience (IoPPN), in London. My research interests lie in the pathophysiology of common mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety, and developing psychosocial and pharmacological interventions to address them. I have worked in a research team that was focused on developing clinical trials for low-cost, scalable psychological and/or pharmacological interventions for depression in low- and middle- income countries.

At Oxford University, I am currently part of the Psychopharmacology Emotion Research Lab (PERL) at the University of Oxford, lead by Professor Catherine Harmer. Our lab investigates the ways in which the brain processes emotional information and how this is affected by neurotransmitters such as serotonin, noradrenaline and dopamine. We aim to understand emotional disorders such as depression and anxiety and how these may be helped by drug treatments that affect neurotransmitter function.

My MSc thesis is the Combined Antidepressant and Behavioural Intervention (CABIN) Study at the PERL lab. The CABIN study examines the effect of citalopram on emotional cognition when administered alone versus in combination with behavioural activation therapy (BA).