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
- NIHR Senior Investigator
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.
Coping Strategies as a Causal Mediator of the Effect of Loss-Related Memory Characteristics and Negative Loss-Related Appraisals on Symptoms of PGD, PTSD and Depression
SMITH K. and EHLERS A., (2021), Psychological Medicine
Interaction of Psychological and Physiological Factors in Panic Attacks
EHLERS A., (2021), Proceedings of the Xxiv International Congress of Psychology, Vol 9: Clinical and Abnormal Psychology, 1 - 14
Prolonged Grief and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Following the Loss of a Significant Other: An Investigation of Cognitive and Behavioural Differences
Smith KV. and Ehlers A., (2021), PLoS One
A Longitudinal Investigation of Children’s Trauma Memory Characteristics and Their Relationship with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms
McGuire R. et al, (2021), Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
Processes of change in trauma-focused CBT
Ehlers A. et al, (2021), EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOTRAUMATOLOGY, 12