Dipl-Psych PhD Dr rer nat habil CPsychol
Professor of Experimental Psychopathology and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow
- Co-Director, Oxford Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma
Anxiety disorders and post traumatic stress disorder
My research mainly focuses on anxiety disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder. My Wellcome Trust funded group uses experimental paradigms and prospective longitudinal studies to identify psychological factors that help explain the development and maintenance of these disabling conditions. The results of these studies help us develop new psychological treatments that target these factors. The treatments are evaluated in randomised trials and cohort studies.
The cognitive therapy programme for PTSD developed by our group has been shown to be highly acceptable to patients and very effective. It has been successfully disseminated to provide effective treatment services for victims of the bombings in Omagh and London, and to National Health Service clinics.
Current research projects investigate whether the treatment can be delivered more efficiently, and what the mechanisms of treatment are. Experimental studies investigate mechanisms of intrusive memories after trauma.
I am a Supernumerary Fellow of Wolfson College. I am a Fellow of the British Academy, The Academy of Medical Sciences, the Association for Psychological Science, and an elected Member of German National Academy of Scientists Leopoldina and the Academia Europaea.
Estimating the stability of heartbeat counting in middle childhood: a twin study.
Murphy J. et al, (2019), Biol Psychol
Cognitive Predictors of Grief Trajectories in the First Months of Loss: A Latent Growth Mixture Model
SMITH KV. and EHLERS A., (2019), Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Cognitive paths from trauma to posttraumatic stress disorder: A prospective study of Ehlers and Clark’s model in survivors of assaults or road traffic collisions
BEIERL E. et al, (2019), Psychological Medicine
Night-time rumination in PTSD: Development and validation of a brief measure
Woodward E. et al, (2019), European Journal of Psychotraumatology (ZEPT)
The Dunn Worry Questionnaire and the Paranoia Worries Questionnaire: new assessments of worry.
Freeman D. et al, (2019), Psychol Med, 1 - 10