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Dr Heather O'Mahen

Dr Heather O'Mahen

Associate Professor in Perinatal Clinical Psychology

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 Washington Singer 141

 

Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK

Overview

 Orcid ID: orcid.org/0000-0003-3458-430X

Prof. O'Mahen is a Research Clinical Psychologist. She completed her PhD at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia (USA), an APA accredited program and undertook a clinical postdoctoral fellowship in perinatal psychology at the University of Michigan, Department of Psychiatry (APA accredited).  From 2005-2007 Prof. O'Mahen worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. From 2005-2009 she was an adjunct research investigator at the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry. She joined the Mood Disorders Centre (MDC) and Psychology Department at the University of Exeter in 2007. From 2012 to April 2013 Prof. O'Mahen worked in the NHS at the Haldon Unit as an Academic Psychologist. 

Qualifications

Prof. O'Mahen is an executive member of the BPS Perinatal Faculty and a NICE - Expert Adviser for the Centre for Clinical Practice. Prof. O'Mahen was a member of the Guidelines Development Group (GDG) for the 2014 NICE revised Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health Guidelines, the Perinatal Access and Waiting Time Expert Reference Group (ERG), the Department of Health Perinatal Quality Standards ERG, and the Perinatal Outcomes ERG. She is a member of the Perinatal CRG, and co-leads the research sub-group with Dr. Giles Berrisford. Together with colleagues from the University of Liverpool and the University of Exeter's CEDAR group, Prof. O'Mahen is leading the national Health Education England funded perinatal clinical psychology training programme. Prof. O'Mahen is also, alongside Dr. Sarah Healy, leading the development of the IAPT perinatal competency, curriculum, and training framework, and the revision of the Perinatal Positive Practice Guide.  Professor O'Mahen regularly provides training in psychological treatments for Perinatal Mental Health, including online clinician training through the FutureLearn Platform.  

 

Dr. O'Mahen worked with Elizabeth Van der Beugel on an artist-in-residency project around women's identities as they encounter mental health problems during pregnancy and postnatally. Please see the website for further details: http://www.artsandcultureexeter.co.uk/elizabeth-van-der-beugel

Career

Prof. O'Mahen and Netmums.com have worked together with women who have suffered from postnatal depression to develop and test an online intervention for postnatal depression. The intervention has been tested both in a self-help and guided self-help format. The intervention is freely available to the public and health care professionals at this link: http://www.netmums.com/parenting-support/depression-and-anxiety/netmums-helping-with-depression-course.

Prof. O'Mahen and Becky Hopley have translated this treatment into guided self-help versions appropriate for IAPT. Both clinician and therapist versions are available here: http://psychology.exeter.ac.uk/pmh/

Online training for clinicians in these formats is available here: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/guided-self-help-for-postnatal-depression

 

 

Links

Research group links

Research

Research interests

Prof. O'Mahen's research focuses on the following areas: (1) investigating the efficacy of Cognitive Behavioural and Interpersonal Treatments for depression and anxiety, 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. 

Current Grants

2019-2011       NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research - ESMI-II: The Effectiveness and cost effectiveness of community perinatal Mental health servIces. Louise Howard, Heather O’Mahen co-PI’s  £1,100,000.

2019-2022       MRC/NEWTON FUND UK-South Africa Joint Initiative on Mental Health - Digital delivery of Behavioural Activation to overcome depression and facilitate social and economic transitions of adolescents in South Africa (DoBAt) – Co-investigator (Treatment development co-lead with Michelle Craske). Alan Stein, PI. Total costs £671,000

2018-2021       NIHR RFPB -Co-investigator (Exeter Site Lead). Low intensity interventions for antenatal depression: A feasibility study of an RCT of Interpersonal Counselling compared to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.” Jonathan Evans, PI. April, Total costs £245,451.

Previous Funding

2017-2018       Wellcome Trust ISSF – Collaborator (Treatment lead). Behavioural Activation for Adolescents in Uganda. Sub-contract award from Oxford: Alan Stein, PI. Sub-contract (Exeter) funding = £21,961

2017-2018       National Lottery “Better Start” – Collaborator (Treatment lead, Train/supervise). Implementing Behavioural Activation for Postnatal Depression in high need communities: The Blackpool Challenge. Sub-project (Exeter) specific funding = £19,000

2017-2018       NHS funded award. Co-investigator Title: "AccEPT clinic Devon 2017/18". Amount: £272, 272. Duration  (10% REF share)

2016-2017       NHS funded award. Co-investigator Title: "AccEPT clinic Devon 2016". Amount: £136,136. Duration  (10% REF share)

2014-2017       NIHR Rfpb – Co-Investigator (Site Lead, Treatment Developer and Clinical Supervisor). ACORN: Adapting and testing a brief intervention to reduce maternal anxiety during pregnancy. Co-investigator. Paul Ramchandani, PI. Total costs = £183,818

2014-2016       NHS funded award. Co-investigator Title: "AccEPT clinic Devon 2014/16". Amount: £284, 000. (10% REF share).

2013-2014       NHS funded award. Co-investigator Title: "AccEPT Clinic Devon 2013/14". Amount £136,136, (15% REF share)

2012-2016       NIHR Health Technology Assessment  - Co-investigator. Design and treatment oversight. Process co-lead. COBRA: Cost and Outcome of Behavioural Activation - Multi-centre Randomised Controlled Trial for Depression. Dave Richards, PI. Total costs = £1,700,000

2012-2014       NHS funded award – Principle Investigator. “Radical Openness Behaviour Therapy” (ROBT) for Anorexia Nervosa.” Total Award: £80,000

2011-2017       Medical Research Council (MRC) Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation – Co-investigator. (Assessment Lead). “Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD): A Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT)” Co-investigator. Awarded November, 2011-2017. Tom Lynch PI. Total costs = £2,100,000.

2011-2013       NHS funded award. Co-investigator Title: "AccEPT clinic Devon 2011/13". Amount: £284, 000. (15% REF share).

2010-2011       NHS funded award. Co-investigator Title: "AccEPT Clinic Devon 2010/11". Amount £136,136, (15% REF share)

2009-2012       National Institute of Health Research: Research for Patient Benefit  (NIHR: RFPB)– Co-investigator. Clinical trainer/supervisor. “Psychological treatment of depression during pregnancy: Piloting a pragmatic randomised controlled trial.” Jonathan Evans, PI. Total costs = £248,990.

2008                Wellcome Capital Funding bid. Co-applicant. Awarded October 2008. Total costs = £3,605,000

2008-2010       National Health Service(NHS) funded award. Co-investigator Title: "AccEPT clinic Devon 2018/10". Amount: £284, 000. (15% REF share).

2008                Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLARHC) bid to NIHR co-applicant. 2008. Total costs = £20,000,000

2008-2009       Peninsula Primary Care Research Management & Governance – Co-Principle-Investigator “Supporting Psychological Interventions for Primary Care Patients.” O’Mahen, H.A. Total costs = £43,000

2007-2010       National Institute of Health R34  - “Improving Psychosocial Treatment for Perinatal Depression” Co-Investigator. (Trail Design, Treatment Developer, Clinical and Research Supervisor). Flynn, H. (PI) Total costs = $614,000. 

2019                MRC Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF): - Principle Investigator. Digital delivery of Behavioural ActivatioN for adolescents to overcome depression and facilitate social and economic transitions in Africa: DIANA. Total costs = £29,626.

2015-2016       Economic and Social Research Council Impact and AAA – Principle Investigator ACORN: Adapting and testing a brief intervention to reduce maternal anxiety during pregnancy. Awarded April 2015-2016. Total costs = £19,673.

2011-2012       NIHR PENCLAHRC – Principle Investigator. Netmums: Online Behavioural Activation for Postnatal Depression. Awarded May 2011-2012. Total costs = £60,000.

 

 

 

 

 

Research networks

Kim Wright (Exeter), Louise Howard (Kings), Alan Stein (Oxford), Helen Sharp (Liverpool), Jo Woodford (Uppsala), Jonathan Evans (Bristol), (Dave Richards (UEMS), Paul Ramchandani (Cambridge), Sarah Halligan (Bath), Rebecca Pearson (Bristol), Paul Moran (Bristol), Toshiaki Baba (Tokyo)

Links


Key publications



O'Mahen HA, Tester-Jones M, Karl A, Watkins E (In Press). Rumination in dysphoric mothers negatively affects mother-infant interactions. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry Full text.
Taylor AK, O'Mahen HA, Stein A, Evans J, Pearson R (In Press). The association between maternal postnatal depressive symptoms and offspring sleep problems in adolescence. Psychological Medicine Full text.
Richards DA, Ekers D, McMillan D, Taylor RS, Byford S, Warren FC, Barrett B, Farrand PA, Gilbody S, Kuyken W, et al (2016). Cost and Outcome of Behavioural Activation versus Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression (COBRA): a randomised, controlled, non-inferiority trial. Lancet Full text. DOI.
O'Mahen HA, Richards DA, Woodford J, Wilkinson E, McGinley J, Taylor RS, Warren FC (2014). Netmums: a phase II randomized controlled trial of a guided Internet behavioural activation treatment for postpartum depression. Psychological Medicine, 44, 1675-1689. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Burns AJ, O'Mahen HA, Baxter HA, Bennert K, Wiles NJ, Sharp DJ, Turner KM, Thorn JC, Noble SM, Evans JM, et al (2013). A pilot randomised controlled trial of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for antenatal depression. BMC Psychiatry(33). Abstract.   Publisher URLFull text. DOI.
O'Mahen H, Himle JA, Fedock G, Henshaw E, Flynn H (2013). A pilot randomized controlled trial of cognitive behavioral therapy for perinatal depression adapted for women with low incomes. Depression and Anxiety, 30(7), 679-687. Abstract.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Dunn BD, O'Mahen H, Wright K (In Press). A commentary on research rigour in clinical psychological science: How to avoid throwing out the innovation baby with the research credibility bath water in the depression field. Behaviour Research and Therapy Full text.
Richards DA, Rhodes S, Ekers D, McMillan D, Taylor RS, Byford S, Barrett B, Finning K, Ganguli P, Warren F, et al (In Press). Cost and Outcome of BehaviouRal Activation (COBRA): a randomised controlled trial of behavioural activation versus cognitive-behavioural therapy for depression. Health Technol Assess, 21(46), 1-366. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
Finning K, Richards DA, Moore L, Ekers D, McMillan D, Farrand PA, O'Mahen HA, Watkins ER, Wright KA, Fletcher E, et al (In Press). Cost and outcome of behavioural activation versus cognitive behavioural therapy for depression (COBRA): a qualitative process evaluation. BMJ Open, 7(4). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
Ukoumunne OC, Mann J, Kuyken W, O'Mahen H, Evans A, Ford T (In Press). Manual Development and Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy versus Usual Care for Parents with a History of Depression. Mindfulness Abstract.  Full text.
Lynch TR, Hempel RJ, Whalley B, Russell I, Byford S, Clark P, Shearer J, O'Mahen HA, Clarke S, Kingdon D, et al (In Press). Refractory depression – Mechanisms and Evaluation of Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO-DBT) [REFRAMED]: protocol for randomised trial. BMJ Open(in press). Abstract.  Full text.
O'Mahen HA, Tester-Jones M, Karl A, Watkins E (In Press). Rumination in dysphoric mothers negatively affects mother-infant interactions. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry Full text.
Taylor AK, O'Mahen HA, Stein A, Evans J, Pearson R (In Press). The association between maternal postnatal depressive symptoms and offspring sleep problems in adolescence. Psychological Medicine Full text.
Lynch TR, Hempel RJ, Whalley B, Byford S, Chamba R, Clarke P, Clarke S, Kingdon DG, O'Mahen H, Remington B, et al (2019). Refractory depression - mechanisms and efficacy of radically open dialectical behaviour therapy (RefraMED): findings of a randomised trial on benefits and harms. Br J Psychiatry, 1-9. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.
Shearer J, Lynch TR, Chamba R, Clarke S, Hempel RJ, Kingdon DG, O'Mahen H, Remington B, Rushbrook SC, Russell IT, et al (2019). Refractory depression-cost-effectiveness of radically open dialectical behaviour therapy: Findings of economic evaluation of RefraMED trial. BJPsych Open, 5(5). Abstract. DOI.
O'Mahen HA, Moberly NJ, Wright KA (2019). Trajectories of Change in a Group Behavioral Activation Treatment for Severe, Recurrent Depression. Behavior Therapy, 50(3), 504-514. Abstract. DOI.
Pearson RM, Campbell A, Howard LM, Bornstein MH, O'Mahen H, Mars B, Moran P (2018). Impact of dysfunctional maternal personality traits on risk of offspring depression, anxiety and self-harm at age 18 years: a population-based longitudinal study. Psychol Med, 48(1), 50-60. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.
O'Mahen HA, Wilkinson E, Bagnall K, Richards DA, Swales A (2017). Shape of change in internet based behavioral activation treatment for depression. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 95, 107-116. Abstract. DOI.
Wilkinson EL, O’Mahen HA, Fearon P, Halligan S, King DX, Greenfield G, Dunkley-Bent J, Ericksen J, Milgrom J, Ramchandani PG, et al (2016). Adapting and testing a brief intervention to reduce maternal anxiety during pregnancy (ACORN): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 17(1). Full text. DOI.
Richards DA, Ekers D, McMillan D, Taylor RS, Byford S, Warren FC, Barrett B, Farrand PA, Gilbody S, Kuyken W, et al (2016). Cost and Outcome of Behavioural Activation versus Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression (COBRA): a randomised, controlled, non-inferiority trial. Lancet Full text. DOI.
Netsi E, Evans J, Wulff K, O'Mahen H, Ramchandani PG (2015). Infant outcomes following treatment of antenatal depression: Findings from a pilot randomized controlled trial. Journal of Affective Disorders, 188, 252-256. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
O'Mahen HA, Boyd A, Gashe C (2015). Rumination decreases parental problem-solving effectiveness in dysphoric postnatal mothers. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 47, 18-18. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Tester-Jones M, O'Mahen HA, Karl A, Watkins ER (2015). The Impact of Maternal Characteristics, Infant Temperament and Contextual Factors on Maternal Responsiveness to Infant. Infant Behavior and Development(40), 1-11. Full text.
O'Mahen HA, Grieve H, Jones J, Woodford J (2015). Women's experiences of factors affecting treatment engagement and adherence in Internet Delivered Behavioural Activation for Postnatal Depression. Internet Interventions, 2, 84-84. Full text.
Rhodes S, Richards DA, Ekers D, McMillan D, Byford S, Farrand PA, Gilbody S, Hollon SD, Kuyken W, Martell C, et al (2014). Cost and outcome of behavioural activation versus cognitive behaviour therapy for depression (COBRA): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 15 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
O'Mahen HA, Richards DA, Woodford J, Wilkinson E, McGinley J, Taylor RS, Warren FC (2014). Netmums: a phase II randomized controlled trial of a guided Internet behavioural activation treatment for postpartum depression. Psychological Medicine, 44, 1675-1689. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
O'Mahen, HA, Karl A, Moberly N, Fedock G (2014). The association between childhood maltreatment and emotion regulation: Two different mechanisms contributing to depression?. Journal of Affective Disorders, 174, 287-295.
Burns AJ, O'Mahen HA, Baxter HA, Bennert K, Wiles NJ, Sharp DJ, Turner KM, Thorn JC, Noble SM, Evans JM, et al (2013). A pilot randomised controlled trial of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for antenatal depression. BMC Psychiatry(33). Abstract.   Publisher URLFull text. DOI.
O'Mahen H, Himle JA, Fedock G, Henshaw E, Flynn H (2013). A pilot randomized controlled trial of cognitive behavioral therapy for perinatal depression adapted for women with low incomes. Depression and Anxiety, 30(7), 679-687. Abstract.
Kingston REF, Watkins ER, O'Mahen HA (2013). An Integrated Examination of Risk Factors for Repetitive Negative Thought. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOPATHOLOGY, 4(2), 161-181. Author URL. DOI.
O'Mahen HA, Woodford J, McGinley J, Warren FC, Richards DA, Lynch TR, Taylor RS (2013). Internet-based behavioral activation-Treatment for postnatal depression (Netmums): a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Affective Disorders, 150(3), 814-822. Abstract. DOI.
Lynch TR, Gray KLH, Hempel RJ, Titley M, Chen EY, O'Mahen HA (2013). Radically Open-Dialectical Behavior Therapy for adult Anorexia Nervosa: Feasibility and outcomes from an inpatient program. BMC Psychiatry, 293(13). Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Pearson RM, O'Mahen H, Burns A, Bennert K, Shepherd C, Baxter H, Chauhan D, Evans J (2013). The normalisation of disrupted attentional processing of infant distress in depressed pregnant women following Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. J Affect Disord, 145(2), 208-213. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.
Mann J, Henley W, O'Mahen H, Ford T (2013). The reliability and validity of the Everyday Feelings Questionnaire in a clinical population. Journal of Affective Disorders, 148(2-3), 406-410. Abstract. DOI.
Farmer C, Farrand P, O'Mahen H (2012). 'I am not a depressed person': how identity conflict affects help-seeking rates for major depressive disorder. BMC Psychiatry, 12 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
O'Mahen H, Fedock G, Henshaw E, Himle J, Forman J, Flynn H (2012). Modifying CBT for perinatal depression: What do women want? a qualitative study. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice Abstract.
Henshaw EJ, Flynn HA, Himle JA, O'Mahen HA, Forman J, Fedock G (2011). Patient preferences for clinician interactional style in treatment of perinatal depression. Qualitative Health Research, 21(7), 936-951. Abstract. DOI.
O'Mahen HA, Henshaw E, Jones JM, Flynn HA (2011). Stigma and depression during pregnancy: Does race matter?. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 199(4), 257-262. Abstract. DOI.
Flynn HA, Henshaw E, O'Mahen H, Forman J (2010). Patient perspectives on improving the depression referral processes in obstetrics settings: a qualitative study. Gen Hosp Psychiatry, 32(1), 9-16. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.
O'Mahen HA, Flynn HA, Nolen-Hoeksema S (2010). Rumination and interpersonal functioning in perinatal depression. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 29(6), 646-667. Abstract. DOI.
O'Mahen HA, Flynn HA, Chermack S, Marcus S (2009). Illness perceptions associated with perinatal depression treatment use. Archives of Women's Mental Health, 12(6), 447-450. Abstract.
O'Mahen HA, Flynn HA (2008). Preferences and perceived barriers to treatment for depression during the perinatal period. Journal of Women's Health, 17(8), 1301-1309. Abstract.
Flynn HA, Cain SA, O'Mahen HA, Davis MM (2006). Detection of maternal alcohol abuse problems in the pediatric emergency department. Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research, 30(7), 1160-1164. DOI.
O'Mahen HA, Sloan P (2006). Looking ahead: Preparing psychologists for administrative roles in medical settings. Professional Psychology Research and Practice, 37(3), 278-282. DOI.
Flynn HA, O'Mahen HA, Marcus S, Massey L (2006). The impact of a brief obstetrics clinic-based intervention on treatment use for perinatal depression. Journal of Women s Health, 15(10), 1195-1204. DOI.
O'Mahen HA, Beach SRH, Tesser A (2000). Relationship ecology and negative communications in romantic relationships: a self-evaluation maintenance perspective. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 26, 1343-1352.
Pyszczynski, T. Greenberg, J. O’Mahen, H.A. (2000). Running from the shadow: Psychological distancing from others to deny characteristics people fear in themselves. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 78, 446-462.

Chapters

O'Mahen HW, Buist A, Rooney R (2015). Acceptability, Attitudes and Overcoming Stigma. In Milgrom J, Gemmill A (Eds.) Identifying Perinatal Depression and Anxiety: Evidence Based Practice in Screening, Psychosocial Assessment, and Management, Wiley Blackwell.
Beach, S.R.H. (2004). Understanding dysfunctional behaviors in romantic relationships: a performance ecology perspective. In Leiberman L (Ed) Advances in Psychology, New York: Nova Press.
Whitaker, D. O’Mahen, H.A. Jones, D. (2002). Competition in romantic relationships: Do partners build niches?. In Noller P, Feeney JA (Eds.) Understanding marriage: Developments in the study of couple interaction, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
O’Mahen, H.A. Beach, S.R.H. Jackson, M.H. (2002). The empirical underpinnings of marital therapy for depression. In Harvey J, Wenzel A (Eds.) Maintaining and enhancing close relationships: a clinician’s guide, Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Beach, S.R.H. Banawan, S.F. (2001). Depression in marriage. In Harvey J, Wenzel A (Eds.) Maintenance and enhancement of close relationships, Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 299-320.
O’Mahen, H.A. (2000). Depression in close relationships. In Hendrick C, Hendrick SS (Eds.) Close relationships: a sourcebook, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Publications by year



In Press

Dunn BD, O'Mahen H, Wright K (In Press). A commentary on research rigour in clinical psychological science: How to avoid throwing out the innovation baby with the research credibility bath water in the depression field. Behaviour Research and Therapy Full text.
Richards DA, Rhodes S, Ekers D, McMillan D, Taylor RS, Byford S, Barrett B, Finning K, Ganguli P, Warren F, et al (In Press). Cost and Outcome of BehaviouRal Activation (COBRA): a randomised controlled trial of behavioural activation versus cognitive-behavioural therapy for depression. Health Technol Assess, 21(46), 1-366. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
Finning K, Richards DA, Moore L, Ekers D, McMillan D, Farrand PA, O'Mahen HA, Watkins ER, Wright KA, Fletcher E, et al (In Press). Cost and outcome of behavioural activation versus cognitive behavioural therapy for depression (COBRA): a qualitative process evaluation. BMJ Open, 7(4). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
Ukoumunne OC, Mann J, Kuyken W, O'Mahen H, Evans A, Ford T (In Press). Manual Development and Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy versus Usual Care for Parents with a History of Depression. Mindfulness Abstract.  Full text.
Lynch TR, Hempel RJ, Whalley B, Russell I, Byford S, Clark P, Shearer J, O'Mahen HA, Clarke S, Kingdon D, et al (In Press). Refractory depression – Mechanisms and Evaluation of Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO-DBT) [REFRAMED]: protocol for randomised trial. BMJ Open(in press). Abstract.  Full text.
O'Mahen HA, Tester-Jones M, Karl A, Watkins E (In Press). Rumination in dysphoric mothers negatively affects mother-infant interactions. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry Full text.
Taylor AK, O'Mahen HA, Stein A, Evans J, Pearson R (In Press). The association between maternal postnatal depressive symptoms and offspring sleep problems in adolescence. Psychological Medicine Full text.

2019

Lynch TR, Hempel RJ, Whalley B, Byford S, Chamba R, Clarke P, Clarke S, Kingdon DG, O'Mahen H, Remington B, et al (2019). Refractory depression - mechanisms and efficacy of radically open dialectical behaviour therapy (RefraMED): findings of a randomised trial on benefits and harms. Br J Psychiatry, 1-9. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.
Shearer J, Lynch TR, Chamba R, Clarke S, Hempel RJ, Kingdon DG, O'Mahen H, Remington B, Rushbrook SC, Russell IT, et al (2019). Refractory depression-cost-effectiveness of radically open dialectical behaviour therapy: Findings of economic evaluation of RefraMED trial. BJPsych Open, 5(5). Abstract. DOI.
O'Mahen HA, Moberly NJ, Wright KA (2019). Trajectories of Change in a Group Behavioral Activation Treatment for Severe, Recurrent Depression. Behavior Therapy, 50(3), 504-514. Abstract. DOI.

2018

Pearson RM, Campbell A, Howard LM, Bornstein MH, O'Mahen H, Mars B, Moran P (2018). Impact of dysfunctional maternal personality traits on risk of offspring depression, anxiety and self-harm at age 18 years: a population-based longitudinal study. Psychol Med, 48(1), 50-60. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.

2017

O'Mahen HA, Wilkinson E, Bagnall K, Richards DA, Swales A (2017). Shape of change in internet based behavioral activation treatment for depression. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 95, 107-116. Abstract. DOI.

2016

Wilkinson EL, O’Mahen HA, Fearon P, Halligan S, King DX, Greenfield G, Dunkley-Bent J, Ericksen J, Milgrom J, Ramchandani PG, et al (2016). Adapting and testing a brief intervention to reduce maternal anxiety during pregnancy (ACORN): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 17(1). Full text. DOI.
Richards DA, Ekers D, McMillan D, Taylor RS, Byford S, Warren FC, Barrett B, Farrand PA, Gilbody S, Kuyken W, et al (2016). Cost and Outcome of Behavioural Activation versus Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression (COBRA): a randomised, controlled, non-inferiority trial. Lancet Full text. DOI.

2015

O'Mahen HW, Buist A, Rooney R (2015). Acceptability, Attitudes and Overcoming Stigma. In Milgrom J, Gemmill A (Eds.) Identifying Perinatal Depression and Anxiety: Evidence Based Practice in Screening, Psychosocial Assessment, and Management, Wiley Blackwell.
Netsi E, Evans J, Wulff K, O'Mahen H, Ramchandani PG (2015). Infant outcomes following treatment of antenatal depression: Findings from a pilot randomized controlled trial. Journal of Affective Disorders, 188, 252-256. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
O'Mahen HA, Boyd A, Gashe C (2015). Rumination decreases parental problem-solving effectiveness in dysphoric postnatal mothers. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 47, 18-18. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Tester-Jones M, O'Mahen HA, Karl A, Watkins ER (2015). The Impact of Maternal Characteristics, Infant Temperament and Contextual Factors on Maternal Responsiveness to Infant. Infant Behavior and Development(40), 1-11. Full text.
O'Mahen HA, Grieve H, Jones J, Woodford J (2015). Women's experiences of factors affecting treatment engagement and adherence in Internet Delivered Behavioural Activation for Postnatal Depression. Internet Interventions, 2, 84-84. Full text.

2014

Rhodes S, Richards DA, Ekers D, McMillan D, Byford S, Farrand PA, Gilbody S, Hollon SD, Kuyken W, Martell C, et al (2014). Cost and outcome of behavioural activation versus cognitive behaviour therapy for depression (COBRA): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 15 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
O'Mahen HA, Richards DA, Woodford J, Wilkinson E, McGinley J, Taylor RS, Warren FC (2014). Netmums: a phase II randomized controlled trial of a guided Internet behavioural activation treatment for postpartum depression. Psychological Medicine, 44, 1675-1689. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
O'Mahen, HA, Karl A, Moberly N, Fedock G (2014). The association between childhood maltreatment and emotion regulation: Two different mechanisms contributing to depression?. Journal of Affective Disorders, 174, 287-295.

2013

Burns AJ, O'Mahen HA, Baxter HA, Bennert K, Wiles NJ, Sharp DJ, Turner KM, Thorn JC, Noble SM, Evans JM, et al (2013). A pilot randomised controlled trial of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for antenatal depression. BMC Psychiatry(33). Abstract.   Publisher URLFull text. DOI.
O'Mahen H, Himle JA, Fedock G, Henshaw E, Flynn H (2013). A pilot randomized controlled trial of cognitive behavioral therapy for perinatal depression adapted for women with low incomes. Depression and Anxiety, 30(7), 679-687. Abstract.
Kingston REF, Watkins ER, O'Mahen HA (2013). An Integrated Examination of Risk Factors for Repetitive Negative Thought. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOPATHOLOGY, 4(2), 161-181. Author URL. DOI.
O'Mahen HA, Woodford J, McGinley J, Warren FC, Richards DA, Lynch TR, Taylor RS (2013). Internet-based behavioral activation-Treatment for postnatal depression (Netmums): a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Affective Disorders, 150(3), 814-822. Abstract. DOI.
Lynch TR, Gray KLH, Hempel RJ, Titley M, Chen EY, O'Mahen HA (2013). Radically Open-Dialectical Behavior Therapy for adult Anorexia Nervosa: Feasibility and outcomes from an inpatient program. BMC Psychiatry, 293(13). Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Pearson RM, O'Mahen H, Burns A, Bennert K, Shepherd C, Baxter H, Chauhan D, Evans J (2013). The normalisation of disrupted attentional processing of infant distress in depressed pregnant women following Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. J Affect Disord, 145(2), 208-213. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.
Mann J, Henley W, O'Mahen H, Ford T (2013). The reliability and validity of the Everyday Feelings Questionnaire in a clinical population. Journal of Affective Disorders, 148(2-3), 406-410. Abstract. DOI.

2012

Farmer C, Farrand P, O'Mahen H (2012). 'I am not a depressed person': how identity conflict affects help-seeking rates for major depressive disorder. BMC Psychiatry, 12 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
O'Mahen H, Fedock G, Henshaw E, Himle J, Forman J, Flynn H (2012). Modifying CBT for perinatal depression: What do women want? a qualitative study. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice Abstract.

2011

Henshaw EJ, Flynn HA, Himle JA, O'Mahen HA, Forman J, Fedock G (2011). Patient preferences for clinician interactional style in treatment of perinatal depression. Qualitative Health Research, 21(7), 936-951. Abstract. DOI.
O'Mahen HA, Henshaw E, Jones JM, Flynn HA (2011). Stigma and depression during pregnancy: Does race matter?. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 199(4), 257-262. Abstract. DOI.

2010

Flynn HA, Henshaw E, O'Mahen H, Forman J (2010). Patient perspectives on improving the depression referral processes in obstetrics settings: a qualitative study. Gen Hosp Psychiatry, 32(1), 9-16. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.
O'Mahen HA, Flynn HA, Nolen-Hoeksema S (2010). Rumination and interpersonal functioning in perinatal depression. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 29(6), 646-667. Abstract. DOI.

2009

O'Mahen HA, Flynn HA, Chermack S, Marcus S (2009). Illness perceptions associated with perinatal depression treatment use. Archives of Women's Mental Health, 12(6), 447-450. Abstract.

2008

O'Mahen HA, Flynn HA (2008). Preferences and perceived barriers to treatment for depression during the perinatal period. Journal of Women's Health, 17(8), 1301-1309. Abstract.

2006

Flynn HA, Cain SA, O'Mahen HA, Davis MM (2006). Detection of maternal alcohol abuse problems in the pediatric emergency department. Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research, 30(7), 1160-1164. DOI.
O'Mahen HA, Sloan P (2006). Looking ahead: Preparing psychologists for administrative roles in medical settings. Professional Psychology Research and Practice, 37(3), 278-282. DOI.
Flynn HA, O'Mahen HA, Marcus S, Massey L (2006). The impact of a brief obstetrics clinic-based intervention on treatment use for perinatal depression. Journal of Women s Health, 15(10), 1195-1204. DOI.

2004

Beach, S.R.H. (2004). Understanding dysfunctional behaviors in romantic relationships: a performance ecology perspective. In Leiberman L (Ed) Advances in Psychology, New York: Nova Press.

2002

Whitaker, D. O’Mahen, H.A. Jones, D. (2002). Competition in romantic relationships: Do partners build niches?. In Noller P, Feeney JA (Eds.) Understanding marriage: Developments in the study of couple interaction, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
O’Mahen, H.A. Beach, S.R.H. Jackson, M.H. (2002). The empirical underpinnings of marital therapy for depression. In Harvey J, Wenzel A (Eds.) Maintaining and enhancing close relationships: a clinician’s guide, Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

2001

Beach, S.R.H. Banawan, S.F. (2001). Depression in marriage. In Harvey J, Wenzel A (Eds.) Maintenance and enhancement of close relationships, Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 299-320.

2000

O’Mahen, H.A. (2000). Depression in close relationships. In Hendrick C, Hendrick SS (Eds.) Close relationships: a sourcebook, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
O'Mahen HA, Beach SRH, Tesser A (2000). Relationship ecology and negative communications in romantic relationships: a self-evaluation maintenance perspective. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 26, 1343-1352.
Pyszczynski, T. Greenberg, J. O’Mahen, H.A. (2000). Running from the shadow: Psychological distancing from others to deny characteristics people fear in themselves. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 78, 446-462.

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External Engagement and Impact

Administrative responsibilities

Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes - Main Psychology 2014-present

Director of Research for Professional Doctorates 2011-2012

Director of Research for DClinPsy 2009-2012

Director of Research for MSc in Psychological Therapies 2007-2009

Deputy Lead for Mood DIsorders Centre 2009-2010


Committee/panel activities

Perinatal Quality Standards Group 2014-2015

Perinatal Expert Reference Group 2014-2015

Planning Committee BABCP Conference 2013 to present

NICE Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health Guidelines Member 2012 to 2014

Devon Perinatal Pathway Committee 2008- present

Southwest Maternal Mental Health Committee 2014 - present

External Examiner Coventry DClinPsy 2009-2013

External Examiner University of East Anglia 2013

 


External Examiner Positions

External Examiner Coventry DClinPsy 2009-2013

External Examiner University of East Anglia 2013


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Society Membership

British Psychological Society

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

Marce Society

Teaching

Previous teaching:

  • Director of Research for Professional Doctoral Students 2011-2012
  • Director of Research DCLinPsy 2009-2012
  • Research Lead: MSc in Psychological Therapies 2007-2008

 

Modules

2018/19


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Postdoctoral researchers

  • Narcie Kelly

Postgraduate researchers

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  • Cardiff Placement Student

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  • Alex Boyd
  • Hannah Curtis
  • Caroline Farmer
  • Katherine Gardner
  • Caroline Gashe
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  • Jo Mann
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