Dr Anna Adlam
Senior Lecturer, Deputy Director of Research for Professional Doctorates


Research interests

The main focus of Anna's research is to develop and evaluate interventions for young people who experience neuropsychological difficulties (e.g., following an acquired brain injury). Research themes include:

  • memory and executive processes
  • mood disorders
  • social function

Anna is particularly interested in how these processes interact and influence each other. Research techniques include:

  • experimental neuropsychology
  • neuroimaging
  • single case designs
  • randomised controlled designs

Research projects

Current funded projects include:

  • the efficacy of computerised working memory training in children who have survived a brain injury - a phase II randomised controlled trial (funded by Action Medical Research)
  • an evaluation of novel working memory training to reduce rumination and depression in young people (funded by ISSF Wellcome Trust)
  • a feasibility study investigating the clinical and cost-effectiveness of Teen Online Problem-Solving (TOPS-UK) for young people following brain injury (funded by NIHR RfPB, start September 2015)
  • developing a web-based problem-solving intervention for children aged 9-11 years following brain injury (British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, start September 2015)

Current doctoral student projects include:

  • the neural correlates of working memory training in children with ADHD (Jonathan Jones)
  • developing and evaluating executive control training in adolescents (Jo Green)
  • executive control and moral reasoning in survivors of paediatric brain injury (Beverly Garrigan)
  • role of executive control in rumination and depression in adolescents/young people (Rebecca Pepper, Erika Baker, and Claire Stephens)

We are hosting a series of workshops on 'Neuropsychological interventions for children and young people - implications for service development' funded by the University of Exeter and the British Academy. To find out more about the events, please see psychology.exeter.ac.uk/research/centres/ccnr/events/.

Research networks

Funded research collaborators: University of Exeter - Dr Fraser Milton, Dr Het Roberts, Dr Jenny Limond, Professor Ed Watkins, Professor Tamsin Ford, Professor Brahm Norwich, Dr Annie Hawton, Dr Fiona Warren, Dr Richard Tomlinson (also Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital) National - Professor Sue Gathercole (MRC-Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit), Dr Joni Holmes (MRC-CBU), Dr Fergus Gracey (University of East Anglia), Professor Lee Shepstone (UEA), Dr Darren Dunning (UEA), Dr Peter Langdon (University of Kent) International - Professor Shari Wade (Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Ohio).

Research grants

  • 2015 British Academy/Leverhulme
    A family intervention designed by families: developing an online problem-solving intervention for children (9-12 years) who have survived a brain injury.
  • 2015 National Institute for Health Research, Research for Patient Benefit
    The clinical and cost-effectiveness of Teen Online Problem Solving for adolescents who have survived an acquired brain injury in the UK (TOPSUK): A feasibility study
  • 2015 All Saints Education trust
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  • 2014 University of Exeter, CLES
    Neural correlates of working memory training in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
  • 2014 Wellcome Trust
    Does working memory training reduce repetitive negative thinking?
  • 2014 Great Western Research
    Clinical development of cognitive bias modification paradigms
  • 2013 Exeter University
    A University of Exeter Link Fund has been awarded to support the costs of a research visit to meet with international collaborations, Professor Shari Wade (Cincinnati Children's Hospital,Ohio) and Professor Keith Yeates (Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio).
  • 2013 Exeter University
    International Fellowship Award to support Professor McKay Sohlberg (University of Oregon) to visit the research group
  • 2012 Action Medical Research
    A RCT investigating the efficacy of computerised working memory training in children (aged 8-16 years) who have survived a traumatic brain injury (2012-2015)
  • 2011 The British Academy
    A study investigating the acceptability and feasibility of using computerised working memory training with children (aged 8-16 years) who have survived a brain injury (2011-2013).
  • 2011 British Psychological Society
    An international seminar series will be hosted by the University of Exeter and the University of East Anglia to share research developments in paediatric neuropsychology theory and evidence-based interventions (2012-2014)


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