Joanne Woodford
Research Fellow

Research

Research interests

  • Improving access to evidence based psychological therapies for people with common mental health conditions.
  • Development of written and internet based low intensity CBT (self-help) interventions.
  • Development of CBT based interventions for older adults, people with co-morbid chronic physical health conditions and their informal carers.
  • Design and management of feasibility and pilot randomised controlled trials.
  • Designing and conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses

Research projects

Reading Well Books on Prescription Scheme (2016): a small qualitative study evaluating the attitudes and perceptions held by users of the Adult Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme available through public libraries across England. The research will also examine the potential to involve community based volunteers in supporting people to engage and use books on the scheme and activate wider community support.

Performance Anxiety (2015-present): evaluation of a written CBT self-help for students experiencing performance anxiety, supported by student peer mentors from the Mind Your Head Society

PROMOTE (2014-present): Development and feasibility study of behavioural activation written self-help to improve well-being in people with memory difficulties, supported by family and friends. (PI: Professor Paul Farrand)

U-CARE: YoungCan (2015-present): Internet-based self-help to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression among adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer during adolescence – a feasibility trial. External collaboration with Uppsala University, Sweden

CEDArS (2011 – 2014):  Development and feasibility randomised controlled trial of guided cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) self-help for informal carers of stroke survivors (Supervisors: Professor Paul Farrand, Professor Ed Watkins, Dr David Llewellyn).

Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (2012-present) (PI: Professor Paul Farrand)

CBT self-help for medically unexplained symptoms (current)

CBT self-help for chronic physical health conditions (published 2015)

Written CBT self-help for common mental health difficulties (published 2013)

NETMUMS (2009-2011): A series of research studies testing and developing internet delivered forms of unguided and guided CBT self-help for postnatal depression with Netmums.co.uk (PI: Dr Heather O’Mahen)

IceBreak (2008-2012): Service Audit and Evaluation of IceBreak, a community based, street level organisation, which provides early intervention for young adults, aged 16-25, with indicated Personality Disorder. (PI: Professor Paul Farrand)

LIVELIFE (2008-2009): Randomised controlled trial (RCT), in association with the University of Glasgow, conducted to examine the efficacy of Living Life to the Full, a computerised-CBT self-help website for mild to moderate depression, with brief telephone support provided by NHS-Direct health advisors in comparison with usual care. (PI: Professor Paul Farrand)

Research grants

  • 2016 Reading Agency
    The research is a small qualitative study evaluating the attitudes and perceptions held by users of the Adult Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme available through public libraries across England. The research will also examine the potential to involve community based volunteers in supporting people to engage and use books on the scheme and activate wider community support.
  • 2014 Exeter University
    Researcher-led Initiative Awards, University of Exeter.
  • 2011 Dunhill Medical Trust
    Development and Feasibility Randomised Controlled Trial of Guided Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Self-Help for Informal Carers of Stroke Patients.

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