Dr Heather O'Mahen
Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology


Research interests

Dr. O‘Mahen‘s research focuses on the following areas: (1) investigating the efficacy of Cognitive Behavioural Treatments for depression, particularly behaviourally oriented treatments, and (2) improving treatment for women suffering from depression during pregnancy and postnatally, especially through novel treatment delivery modes (e.g., internet, apps) (3) understanding mechanisms (e.g., emotion regulation) underlying the links between perinatal depression, maternal sensitivity, and child outcomes. 



NIHR Rfpb - ACORN: Adapting and testing a brief intervention to reduce maternal anxiety during pregnancy. Co-investigator. Awarded April 2014. Paul Ramchandani, PI. Total costs = £183,818.

NIHR PENCLAHRC – Netmums: Online Behavioral Activation for Postnatal Depression. Awarded May 2011. Principle Investigator. Total costs = £60,000.

NIHR Health Technology Assessment  - COBRA: Cost and Outcome of Behavioural Activation - Multi-centre Randomised Controlled Trial for Depression. Co-investigator. Awarded April 2012. Dave Richards, PI. Total costs = £1,700,000

Medical Research Council Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation – “Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD): A Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT)” Co-investigator. Awarded November, 2011. Tom Lynch PI. Total costs = £2,100,000.

NHS Research for Patient Benefit – “Psychological treatment of depression during pregnancy: Piloting a pragmatic randomised controlled trial.” Co-investigator. Awarded March, 2009. Jonathan Evans, PI. Total costs = £248,990.

Wellcome Capital Funding bid. “Improving Psychological Interventions for Mood Disorders: A Translational Research Approach.”Co-applicant. Awarded October 2008. Total costs = £3,605,000

Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLARHC) bid to NIHR Mood Disorders Centre faculty collaborative partner. Costs £10,000,000.

Peninsula Primary Care Research Management & Governance – “Supporting Psychological Interventions for Primary Care Patients.” O’Mahen, H.A. (Co-PI). Awarded May 1, 2008. Total costs = £43,000

NIH R34  “Improving Psychosocial Treatment for Perinatal Depression” Flynn, H. (PI) O’Mahen, H (CO-I). Awarded March 1, 2007. Total costs = $614,000. 

Institute for Research on Women and Gender. “Barriers to Mental Health Treatment use in Depressed, Pregnant Women.” PI Total Costs = $6000.

University of Michigan – Dearborn. Faculty Seed Grant. “Depressed Women’s Decisions to Use Mental Health Treatment” PI Award period 1/2007-1/2008. Total Costs = $6000.

University of Michigan – Dearborn. Student Research Assistance Funds. “Understanding Treatment Use in Pregnant Depressed Women.” PI Grant period 5/2006-8/2006. $1500

University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry - Psychiatry Research Council. “Internet Depression Psychoeducation for Pregnant Women.” Co-PI. Grant period 6/2004-6/2006. Total costs = $21,427.

Rachel UpJohn Clinical Scholars Award, University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry. “Brief Interventions for Depression Treatment Engagement in Obstetrics Settings.” PI Grant period 6/2004 – 6/2005. Total costs = $19,000

National Institutes of Health, Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program Awardee. “Improving Mental Health Treatment Engagement in Depressed Pregnant Women. Award Period 6/2004-6/2007.

Graduate School Research Fellowship
, University of Georgia. “Psychosocial Risk Factors for Depression: An Internet-Based Daily Diary Account.” Award Period 8/2002-5/2003. Total Award: $13,800

Research networks

Dave Richards (UEMS), Paul Ramchandani (Imperial), Sarah Halligan (Bath), Jonathan Evans (Bristol), Tom Lynch (Southampton), Pasco Fearon (UCL), Jeannette Milgrom (Melbourne), Gina Fedock (MI State), Erin Henshaw (Denison)


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