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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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Research Output 2012 2018

Effects of exposure to bodies of different sizes on perception of and satisfaction with own body size: two randomized studies

Bould, H., Carnegie, R., Allward, H., Bacon, E., Lambe, E., Sapseid, M., Button, K., Lewis, G., Skinner, A., Broome, M. R., Park, R., Harmer, C. J., Penton-Voak, I. S. & Munafo, M. R., 9 May 2018, In : Royal Society Open Science. 5: 171387.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Size Perception
Body Size
Weights and Measures
Body Mass Index
1 Citations

Exposure to childhood adversity and deficits in emotion recognition: Results from a large, population-based sample

Dunn, E. C., Crawford, K. M., Soare, T. W., Button, K. S., Raffeld, M. R., Smith, A. D. A. C., Penton-Voak, I. S. & Munafò, M. R., 7 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines. jccp.12881.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sex Offenses
1 Citations

Logical and Methodological Issues Affecting Genetic Studies of Humans Reported in Top Neuroscience Journals

Grabitz, C. R., Button, K. S., Munafò, M. R., Newbury, D. F., Pernet, C. R., Thompson, P. A. & Bishop, D. V. M., 1 Jan 2018, In : Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 30, 1, p. 25-41 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Medical Genetics

Reboot undergraduate courses for reproducibility

Button, K., Sep 2018, In : Nature. 561, 7723, p. 287-287 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Clinical Psychology
Mental Health
Self Concept


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)