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Research interests

My research focuses on the cognitive mechanisms that contribute to common mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression, and translating this to improve cognitive-based intervention for patients in primary care. I use experimental techniques from cognitive psychology and neuroscience to explore these mechanisms to inform how they may be modified to reduce anxiety and improve mood. I use epidemiological investigations to understand how dysfunctional cognitions arise. I also work with clinical data from randomised controlled trials to investigate factors associated with response to cognitive behavioural therapy.

In addition to my primary research, I am an advocate for improving the transparency and rigor of psychological research. I use meta-analytic techniques to explore systematic weakness in the evidence-base, and draw on best-practice across disciplines for solutions. 

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Cognitive Therapy Medicine & Life Sciences
Depression Medicine & Life Sciences
Anxiety Medicine & Life Sciences
Emotions Medicine & Life Sciences
Anxiety Disorders Medicine & Life Sciences
Treatment-Resistant Depressive Disorder Medicine & Life Sciences
Primary Health Care Medicine & Life Sciences
Cohort Studies Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2012 2016

3 Citations (Scopus)
96 Downloads (Pure)

Changing mothers' perception of infant emotion: a pilot study

Carnegie, R., Shepherd, C., Pearson, R. M., Button, K. S., Munafò, M. R., Evans, J. & Penton-Voak, I. S., Feb 2016, In : Archives of Women's Mental Health. 19, 1, p. 167-172

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Confidence Intervals
Maternal Behavior
10 Citations (Scopus)

Symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder but not panic disorder at age 15 years increase the risk of depression at 18 years in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) cohort study

Davies, S. J. C., Pearson, R. M., Stapinski, L., Bould, H., Christmas, D. M., Button, K. S., Skapinakis, P., Lewis, G. & Evans, J., 1 Jan 2016, In : Psychological Medicine. 46, 1, p. 73-85 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Panic Disorder
Anxiety Disorders
Longitudinal Studies
Cohort Studies
13 Citations (Scopus)

Addressing risk of bias in trials of cognitive behavioral therapy

Button, K. S. & Munafò, M. R., 25 Jun 2015, In : Shanghai Archives of Psychiatry. 27, 3, p. 144-8 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cognitive Therapy
Anxiety Disorders
7 Citations (Scopus)
99 Downloads (Pure)

Cognitive styles and future depressed mood in early adulthood: the importance of global attributions

Pearson, R. M., Heron, J., Button, K., Bentall, R. P., Fernyhough, C., Mahedy, L., Bowes, L. & Lewis, G., 15 Jan 2015, In : Journal of Affective Disorders. 171, p. 60-67 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Longitudinal Studies
Young Adult
Prospective Studies
3 Citations (Scopus)
84 Downloads (Pure)

Fear of negative evaluation biases social evaluation inference: evidence from a probabilistic learning task

Button, K. S., Kounali, D., Stapinski, L., Rapee, R. M., Lewis, G. & Munafò, M. R., 8 Apr 2015, In : PLoS ONE. 10, 4, p. e0119456

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


Research Portfolio Submitted in Part Fulfilment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Author: Foxhall, M., 23 Aug 2018

Supervisor: Hogg, L. (Supervisor), Marks, E. (Supervisor), Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. (Supervisor) & Button, K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)