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 Henrietta Roberts

Henrietta Roberts

Research Fellow

 

Overview

I am a Research Fellow on an NIMH funded clinical trial: Developing rumination-focused treatment to reduce risk for depression recurrence in adolescence (RuMeChange).

The trial principal investigators are (equal co-PI) Scott Langenecker (University of Utah, Salt Lake City) and Edward Watkins, University of Exeter. This project takes the rumination-focused cognitive-behavioural therapy developed for adults by Ed Watkins at Exeter and extends it to adolescents with a history of recurrent depression, to test in consecutive clinical trials if it helps to prevent relapse in adolescence. The research also tests mechanistic hypotheses including assessment of behavioural indices of rumination and changes in functional brain connectivity (cognitive control network to default mode network) as a consequence of treatment and as a predictor of prognosis.

Qualifications

PhD Psychology (2013)
MSc Psychological Research Methods (2008)
BSc Psychology (2005)

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Research

Research interests

Rumination, cognitive control, experimental psychopathology, depression and anxiety, neurodevelopment and mental health, childhood brain injury

Research projects

Research fellow on the RuMe Change trial: Developing rumination-focused treatment to reduce risk for depression recurrence in adolescence (PIs Dr Ed Watkins and Dr Scott Langenecker).

Co-lead on a Wellcome Internal Strategic Support Funded study developing and evaluating a novel working memory updating training to reduce repetitive negative thought in young people (co PI with Dr Anna Adlam).

Past projects:

Researcher on an Action Medical Research funded trial examining the efficacy of computerised working memory training in children who have survived a brain injury (PI Dr Anna Adlam).

Qualitative researcher on a feasibility study investigating the clinical and cost-effectiveness of Teen Online Problem-Solving (TOPS-UK) for young people following brain injury (PI Dr Anna Adlam).

Research Fellow supporting the development of a Child and Adolescent Neuropsychology Clinic (co-leads Dr Anna Adlam and Dr Jenny Limond).

Researcher on the ADAPT Genetics study, an international study examining genetic and environmental factors that influence recovery following severe paediatric TBI (PI Dr Brad Kurowski, U.K. PI Dr Anna Adlam).

Researcher on a community cohort study examining whether  disturbances in reward system function predict current and future mood disorder symptoms and unhealthy lifestyle behaviours (PI Dr Barney Dunn).

Rumination and cognitive inhibition (PhD research) - a programme of experimental research examining the causal associations between rumination and facets of cognitive control (supervisors Dr Ed Watkins and Dr Andy Wills).

Publications

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Journal articles

Roberts H, Moberly NJ, Cull T, Gow H, Honeysett M, Dunn B (In Press). Short-term affective consequences of specificity of rumination about unresolved personal goals. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry Full text.
Kirschner H, Kuyken W, Wright K, Roberts H, Brejcha C, Karl A (2019). Soothing Your Heart and Feeling Connected: a New Experimental Paradigm to Study the Benefits of Self-Compassion. Clinical Psychological Science, 7(3), 545-565. Abstract.  Full text.
Roberts H, Watkins ER, Wills AJ (2016). Does Rumination Cause “Inhibitory” Deficits?. Psychopathology Review, a4(3), 341-376. Full text.
Roberts H, Watkins ER, Wills AJ (2013). Cueing an unresolved personal goal causes persistent ruminative self-focus: an experimental evaluation of control theories of rumination. J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry, 44(4), 449-455. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

Chapters

Dunn BD, Roberts H (2016). Improving the capacity to treat depression using talking therapies: Setting a positive clinical psychology agenda. In Wood A, Johnson J (Eds.) Handbook of Positive Clinical Psychology.

Publications by year


In Press

Roberts H, Moberly NJ, Cull T, Gow H, Honeysett M, Dunn B (In Press). Short-term affective consequences of specificity of rumination about unresolved personal goals. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry Full text.

2019

Kirschner H, Kuyken W, Wright K, Roberts H, Brejcha C, Karl A (2019). Soothing Your Heart and Feeling Connected: a New Experimental Paradigm to Study the Benefits of Self-Compassion. Clinical Psychological Science, 7(3), 545-565. Abstract.  Full text.

2016

Roberts H, Watkins ER, Wills AJ (2016). Does Rumination Cause “Inhibitory” Deficits?. Psychopathology Review, a4(3), 341-376. Full text.
Dunn BD, Roberts H (2016). Improving the capacity to treat depression using talking therapies: Setting a positive clinical psychology agenda. In Wood A, Johnson J (Eds.) Handbook of Positive Clinical Psychology.

2013

Roberts H, Watkins ER, Wills AJ (2013). Cueing an unresolved personal goal causes persistent ruminative self-focus: an experimental evaluation of control theories of rumination. J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry, 44(4), 449-455. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

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