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Clinical research group

The Clinical Psychology research group delivers world-class research into the advancement of theoretical knowledge and clinical practice in clinical psychology.

The group gained acknowledgement as a world-leading research centre for mood disorders, interested in psychological processes implicated in unipolar and bipolar depressive disorder and evidence-based approaches to treatment.

A core structure within the group is the Mood Disorders Centre (MDC), a partnership between the University of Exeter and the National Health Service (NHS) that has directly led to treatment innovations that address key priorities in treating mood disorders and improving the health and quality-of-life of patients.

Emerged from this is the Study of Maladaptive to Adaptive Repetitive Thought (SMART) Lab that conducts innovative world-leading research to translate basic science into improved interventions for worry and rumination, and to further disseminate and train transdiagnostic treatment and prevention.

In addition, the clinical research group also holds the Psychopharmacology and Addiction Research Centre (PARC), which contains colleagues from across the University and builds on Psychology’s strengths in addiction and obesity research.

Another focus for the group’s activities is the Centre for Research into Inhibition Training, Impulse Control and Associative Learning (CRITICAL), which brings together colleagues from all four research groups across the department (clinical, social, cognitive, and animal behaviour).

Finally, the Centre for Research in Ageing and Cognitive Health (REACH) focuses on improving the well-being of older people and people with dementia.

Group members

Dr Thorsten Barnhofer Associate Professor MDC
Dr Barney Dunn Associate Professor MDC
Prof. Linda Clare Professor of Clinical Psychology of Ageing and Dementia REACH
Dr Anke Karl Senior Lecturer, Strategic Group Lead for the Clinical Psychology Research Group MDC
Dr Natalia Lawrence Senior Lecturer in Translational Medicine MDC, CRITICAL, PARC
Dr Nick Moberly Senior Lecturer MDC
Prof. Celia Morgan Professor of Psychopharmacology PARC
Dr Heather O\'Mahen Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology MDC
Dr Lamprini Psychogiou Lecturer in Translational Medicine MDC
Prof. Ed Watkins Professor of Experimental and Applied Clinical Psychology MDC, SMART Lab
Dr Kim Wright Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology MDC, CRITICAL
Senior Research Fellows
Dr Sharon Nelis Senior Research Fellow REACH
Dr Catherine Quinn Senior Research Fellow REACH
Research Fellows
Jenny Cadman Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner MDC
Dr Mahmood Javaid Experimental Officer Wellcome Trust ISSF Biomedical Informatics Hub
Dr Narcie Kelly Research Fellow MDC
Dr Ola Kudlicka Research Fellow REACH
Dr Anthony Martyr Research Fellow REACH
Dr Amy McAndrew Research Fellow PARC
Mohammod Mostazir Research Fellow in Medical Statistics Wellcome Trust ISSF Biomedical Informatics Hub
Dr Alexandra Newbold Research Fellow for IMPROVE MDC, SMART Lab
Dr Michelle Tester-Jones Research Fellow for IMPROVE MDC, SMART Lab
Dr Matthew Owens-Solari Research Fellow for MooDFOOD MDC, SMART Lab
Dr Amy Romijn Research Fellow for MooDFOOD MDC, SMART Lab
Dr Tobias Stevens Research Fellow PARC
Dr Julia Teale Research Fellow REACH
Dr Yu-Tzu Wu Research Fellow REACH
Associate Research Fellows
Tess Bloomfield Associate Research Fellow/PWP SMART Lab, CEDAR
Marie Claire-Reville Associate Research Fellow MDC
Ashlea Jeffs Associate Research Fellow MDC
Loes Koorenhof Associate Research Fellow MDC
Ruth Lamont Associate Research Fellow REACH
Lorna O\'Connor Associate Research Fellow MDC
Emily Widnall Associate Research Fellow MDC
Research and Clinic Therapists
Jo Mackenzie Individual & Group CBT Therapist  
Peter Mason Research Therapist working in the AccEPT Clinic  
Carly Thornton Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner IMPROVE, SMART Lab
Owain Winfield Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner SMART Lab
Administration Team
Charlie Dibble Operational Manager MDC, CEDAR
Helen Davey PA to Prof Linda Clare and Project Administrator REACH
Matthew Lomas Project and Administrative assistants MDC, CEDAR
Rachael Milne Associate Research Fellow (AccEPT Clinic Coordinator) MDC
Kathleen Russell  Project and Administrative assistants (AccEPT Clinic Coordinator) MDCCEDAR
PhD students
Modi Alsubaie   MDC
Michael Begley   MDC
Natasha Bloodworth   MDC
Miriam Cohen   MDC
Lorna Cook   MDC, SMART Lab
Isobel Evans   MDC
Grace Fisher   MDC
Emily Hammond   MDC
Claire Harries   MDC
Sarah Harris   MDC
Jacqueline Hill   MDC
Hans Kirschner   MDC
Merve Yilmaz   MDC
Prof. Chris Dickens University of Exeter Medical School  
Prof. Tamsin Ford University of Exeter Medical School  
Prof. David Richards University of Exeter Medical School  
Prof. Adele Hayes University of Delaware, USA, Honorary Professor MDC


The Sir Henry Wellcome Building for Mood Disorders Research (MDC)

The Sir Henry Wellcome Building for Mood Disorders Research, managed by Professor Ed Watkins, is dedicated to the improvement of the understanding and treatment of mood disorders.  This state-of-the art, fit-for-purpose built clinical research facility houses individual and group treatment rooms, with built-in audiovisual recording, plus office and meeting space for clinical research.

The AccEPT clinic at the MDC

The AccEPT Clinic, led by Drs. Barney Dunn and Kim Wright, provides evidence-based psychological therapies to people in the community who experience severe or recurrent mood disorders, as well as aiding the development of new treatments by offering innovations in psychological therapies to these client groups. It is funded by the NHS via the NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group.

The MDC biobehavioural lab

The MDC biobehavioural lab, led by Dr Anke Karl, supports research into the understanding of neural and peripheral physiological correlates of those mechanisms hypothesised to cause or maintain mood and related disorders. It comprises testing rooms equipped with psychophysiology and EEG equipment, eye tracker and virtual reality suites.

The PARC psychopharmalogical lab

The PARC psychopharmalogical lab, led by Professor Celia Morgan, supports research into the acute effects of pharmacological challenges on human volunteers. Three dedicated Home Office approved labs contain facilitites for administering pharmacological challenge, phlebotomy and preparation and storage of blood samples and psychological data.

The Research, Learning, Innovation and Development Building

The clinical group collaborate closely with individuals in the RILD building, at the R,D & E hospital site. The Wellcome Wolfson Medical Research Centre (opened December 2013), a new £28 million facility that brings together key clinical and biomedical scientists working in genomics, neuroscience, cell biology and human physiology. This building also houses the NIHR Exeter Clinical Research Facility (; a purpose built testing facility for early stage clinical trials.

MR Scanner

Exeter's MR scanner is a 1.5T Phillips Gyroscan Magnetic with SENSE technology capable of high speed whole-volume acquisitions for event and epoch fMRI designs. Button-box, joystick and trackball response manipulanda with optic-fibre connections are available. The scanner is equipped with an Applied Science Labs MRI-compatible eye tracking system. It is a research-dedicated machine, housed in the Peninsula Medical School's research building, and operated by the medical physicists in the Department of Physics; the School of Psychology is part of a consortium of users in several departments of the university and beyond. Concurrent ERP and fMRI recording is available.

Centre for Biomedical Modelling and Analysis

The centre is a university-wide Wellcome Trust funded resource supporting researchers with advanced and complex data analyses of biomedical data and implementation of new technologies into existing research.

Peninsula Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (PENCLAHRC)

PenCLAHRC is the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) of the South West Peninsula. It offers excellent research infrastructure including specialist groups in medical statistics, health economics, evidence synthesis and modelling, and PPI, and the clinical trials unit. MDC and REACH have close links with PENCLAHRC.