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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. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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