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Dr Kim Wright

Dr Kim Wright

Associate Professor

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 Washington Singer 117

 

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

 Office hours:

Office Hours for Term 1 in 2018/19are:

  • Mondays 1-2

  • Tuesdays 9-10

Overview

I am an Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology and a registered Clinical Psychologist. I obtained a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) from the Institute of Psychiatry in 2005 and my PhD, also from the Institute of Psychiatry, in 2007.

I joined the University of Exeter in January 2007. Prior to this I worked as a Clinical Psychologist in a Community Mental Health Team in south London, and at the Affective Disorders Unit, Maudsley Hospital, London, a specialist adult in-patient and out-patient service.

My research programme centres upon developing more effective psychosocial interventions for Bipolar Disorder and Depression. In particular I am interested in how response to minor changes in positive mood and energy levels may contribute to the onset of Bipolar episodes. Related to this I am currently investigating response to positive mood in people with and without mood disorders, and the impact of exercise upon the development of hypomania.

Qualifications

BA(Oxon) DClinPsy (Lond) PhD (Lond)

Research group links

Research

Research interests

My research aims to contribute towards an understanding of the psychological processes involved in Bipolar Disorder.

My specific interests are:

  • The relationship between minor mood change and the development of affective episodes
  • Dysregulation of motivational systems in Bipolar Disorder
  • Cognitive and behavioural treatment of Bipolar Disorder
  • Regulation of positive mood
  • Physical activity and Bipolar Disorder
  • Behavioural Activation therapy for Depression

Research projects

Ongoing research:

  • Characterising positive mood and reward functioning in Bipolar Disorder and Depression (projects in collaboration with Barney Dunn, Natalia Lawrence and Nicholas Moberly)
  • Developing techniques that individuals with Bipolar Disorder can use to regulate approach motivation (in collaboration with Frederick Verbruggen and Ed Watkins)
  • Investigating the therapeutic potential of exercise in Bipolar Disorder (in collaboration with Adrian Taylor)
  • Exploring the potential of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Bipolar Spectrum disorders (in collaboration with Tom Lynch, University of Southampton)

Current externally funded research:

  • As part of the EMOTER project (PI Giovanna Colombetti, 2010-2014), funded by the European Research Council, we are investigating whether reflecting upon and labelling emotional experience has the potential to change the experience of emotion. This has potential future application within the refinement of psychological therapies for mood disorders.
  • I am a co-investigator on the COBRA trial (Cost and Outcomes of Behavioural Activation, funded by NIHR, PI David Richards, 2011-2015), which compares two active therapies for depression: Behavioural Activation and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
  • With in Exeter and Cardiff I am exploring the potential of dynamical modelling approaches to represent approach motivation functioning in Bipolar Disorder (funded by EPSRC Bridging the Gaps, 2013)
  • I am a co-investigator on a prospective online study of wanting, liking and learning in mood disorders and addiction (PI Barney Dunn, funded by Wellcome ISSF, 2013-2014)
  • Co-applicant (key researcher) on PenCLARHC (NIHR funded, 2009-2013).

Past externally funded research:

  • Joint principal applicant (with Heather O’Mahen) on an award of £43,000 from the Peninsula Primary Care Research Management & Governance Unit, Devon PCT to develop group Behavioural Activation therapy (2008-2009).
  • Co-applicant on Wellcome capital funding award (PI: Ed Watkins) for construction of Sir Henry Wellcome Centre for Mood Disorders Research.

Research networks

University of Exeter:

Natalia Lawrence

Barney Dunn

Ed Watkins

Nicholas Moberly

Heather O'Mahen

Paul Farrand

David Richards

Frederick Verbruggen

Adrian Taylor

Sarah Dean

Giovanna Colombetti

Arno Steinacher

University of Southampton:

Tom Lynch

Massey University:

Peter Cannon

Research grants

  • 2012 National Institute for Health Research HTA Programme
    Cost and Outcome of Behavioral Activation: a Randomised Controlled Trial of Behavioural Activation versus Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Depression (the COBRA trial)
  • 2009 European Research Council
    Team member

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Lowenstein JAS, Wright K, Taylor A, Moberly NJ (2015). An investigation into the effects of different types of exercise on the maintenance of approach motivation levels. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 9, 24-34. Abstract.  Full text.
Steinacher A, Wright KA (2013). Relating the bipolar spectrum to dysregulation of behavioural activation: a perspective from dynamical modelling. PLoS One, 8(5). Abstract.  Author URL.
Pavlova B, Uher R, Dennington L, Wright K, Donaldson C (2011). Reactivity of affect and self-esteem during remission in bipolar affective disorder: an experimental investigation. Journal of Affective Disorders, 134(1-3), 102-111. Abstract.
Wright KA, Everson-Hock ES, Taylor AH (2009). The effects of physical activity on physical and mental health among individuals with bipolar disorder: a systematic review. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 2(2), 86-94. Abstract.
Wright KA, Lam D, Brown RG (2008). Dysregulation of the behavioral activation system in remitted bipolar I disorder. J Abnorm Psychol, 117(4), 838-848. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wright KA, Lam DH, Newsom-Davis I (2005). Induced mood change and dysfunctional attitudes in remitted Bipolar I Affective Disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 114(4), 689-696. Abstract.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Burbach F, Sherbersky H, whitlock R, rapsey E, Wright KA, Handley R (In Press). A unique regional Family Interventions training programme. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice 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.
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.
Wright K, Dodd A, Warren FC, Medina-Lara A, Taylor R, Jones S, Owens C, Javaid M, Dunn B, Harvey JE, et al (2018). The clinical and cost effectiveness of adapted dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) for bipolar mood instability in primary care (ThrIVe-B programme): a feasibility study. Trials, 19(1). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Richards DA, Rhodes S, Ekers D, McMillan D, Taylor RS, Byford S, Barrett B, Finning K, Ganguli P, Warren F, et al (2017). 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.
Finning K, Richards DA, Moore L, Ekers D, McMillan D, Farrand PA, O'Mahen HA, Watkins ER, Wright KA, Fletcher E, et al (2017). 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.
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.
Wright K, Armstrong T (2016). The Construction of an Inventory of Responses to Positive Affective States. SAGE Open, 6(1), 215824401562279-215824401562279. Full text.
Rosser BA, Wright KA (2016). The Impact of Thought Speed and Variability on Psychological State and Threat Perception: Further Exploration of the Theory of Mental Motion. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 40(4), 453-467. Abstract.  Full text.
Lowenstein JAS, Wright K, Taylor A, Moberly NJ (2015). An investigation into the effects of different types of exercise on the maintenance of approach motivation levels. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 9, 24-34. Abstract.  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.
Steinacher A, Wright KA (2013). Relating the bipolar spectrum to dysregulation of behavioural activation: a perspective from dynamical modelling. PLoS One, 8(5). Abstract.  Author URL.
Wright KA, Armstrong T, Taylor A, Dean S (2012). 'It's a Double Edged Sword':. A Qualitative Analysis of the Experiences of Exercise. Amongst People with Bipolar Disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders
Jones SH, Lobban F, Cooke A, Mansell W, Wright K, Hemmingfield J (2011). Psychological therapies for bipolar disorder: Addressing some misunderstandings. Psychiatrist, 35(11), 432-434.
Pavlova B, Uher R, Dennington L, Wright K, Donaldson C (2011). Reactivity of affect and self-esteem during remission in bipolar affective disorder: an experimental investigation. Journal of Affective Disorders, 134(1-3), 102-111. Abstract.
Lam D, Burbeck R, Wright KA, Pilling S (2009). Psychological therapies in bipolar disorder: the effect of illness history on relapse prevention - systematic review. Bipolar Disorders, 11, 474-482. Abstract.
Wright KA, Lam D, Brown R (2009). Reduced Approach Motivation Following Nonreward: Extension of the BIS/BAS Scales. Personality and Individual Differences, 47, 753-757. Abstract.
Wright KA, Everson-Hock ES, Taylor AH (2009). The effects of physical activity on physical and mental health among individuals with bipolar disorder: a systematic review. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 2(2), 86-94. Abstract.
Wright K, Gudjonsson G, Young S (2008). An investigation of the relationship between anger and offence-related shame and guilt. Psychology, Crime and Law, 14, 415-423. Abstract.
Wright KA, Lam D, Brown RG (2008). Dysregulation of the behavioral activation system in remitted bipolar I disorder. J Abnorm Psychol, 117(4), 838-848. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wright K, Gudjonsson GH (2007). The development of a scale for measuring offence-related feelings of shame and guilt. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 18(3), 307-316. Abstract.
Lam D, McCrone P, Wright KA, Kerr N (2005). Cost-effectiveness of relapse-prevention cognitive therapy for bipolar disorder: a 30 month study. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 186(6), 500-506.
Wright KA, Lam DH, Newsom-Davis I (2005). Induced mood change and dysfunctional attitudes in remitted Bipolar I Affective Disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 114(4), 689-696. Abstract.
Lam DH, Hayward P, Watkins ER, Wright K, Sham P (2005). Relapse prevention in patients with bipolar disorder: cognitive therapy outcome after 2 years. Am J Psychiatry, 162(2), 324-329. Abstract.  Author URL.
Lam D, Wright K, Sham P (2005). Sense of hyper-positive self and response to cognitive therapy in bipolar disorder. Psychol Med, 35(1), 69-77. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Lam D, Wright KA, Smith N (2004). Dysfunctional assumptions in bipolar disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 79(1-3), 193-199.
Lam DH, Watkins ER, Hayward P, Bright J, Wright K, Kerr N, Parr-Davis G, Sham P (2003). A randomized controlled study of cognitive therapy for relapse prevention for bipolar affective disorder: outcome of the first year. Arch Gen Psychiatry, 60(2), 145-152. Abstract.  Author URL.

Chapters

Lam, D.H. (2004). Bipolar affective disorder: Current perspectives on psychological theory and treatment. In Power M (Ed) Mood Disorders: a Handbook of Science and Practice, Chichester: Wiley, 235-246.

Publications by year


In Press

Burbach F, Sherbersky H, whitlock R, rapsey E, Wright KA, Handley R (In Press). A unique regional Family Interventions training programme. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice 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.
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.

2018

Wright K, Dodd A, Warren FC, Medina-Lara A, Taylor R, Jones S, Owens C, Javaid M, Dunn B, Harvey JE, et al (2018). The clinical and cost effectiveness of adapted dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) for bipolar mood instability in primary care (ThrIVe-B programme): a feasibility study. Trials, 19(1). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2017

Richards DA, Rhodes S, Ekers D, McMillan D, Taylor RS, Byford S, Barrett B, Finning K, Ganguli P, Warren F, et al (2017). 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.
Finning K, Richards DA, Moore L, Ekers D, McMillan D, Farrand PA, O'Mahen HA, Watkins ER, Wright KA, Fletcher E, et al (2017). 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.

2016

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.
Wright K, Armstrong T (2016). The Construction of an Inventory of Responses to Positive Affective States. SAGE Open, 6(1), 215824401562279-215824401562279. Full text.
Rosser BA, Wright KA (2016). The Impact of Thought Speed and Variability on Psychological State and Threat Perception: Further Exploration of the Theory of Mental Motion. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 40(4), 453-467. Abstract.  Full text.

2015

Lowenstein JAS, Wright K, Taylor A, Moberly NJ (2015). An investigation into the effects of different types of exercise on the maintenance of approach motivation levels. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 9, 24-34. Abstract.  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.

2013

Steinacher A, Wright KA (2013). Relating the bipolar spectrum to dysregulation of behavioural activation: a perspective from dynamical modelling. PLoS One, 8(5). Abstract.  Author URL.

2012

Wright KA, Armstrong T, Taylor A, Dean S (2012). 'It's a Double Edged Sword':. A Qualitative Analysis of the Experiences of Exercise. Amongst People with Bipolar Disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders

2011

Jones SH, Lobban F, Cooke A, Mansell W, Wright K, Hemmingfield J (2011). Psychological therapies for bipolar disorder: Addressing some misunderstandings. Psychiatrist, 35(11), 432-434.
Pavlova B, Uher R, Dennington L, Wright K, Donaldson C (2011). Reactivity of affect and self-esteem during remission in bipolar affective disorder: an experimental investigation. Journal of Affective Disorders, 134(1-3), 102-111. Abstract.

2009

Lam D, Burbeck R, Wright KA, Pilling S (2009). Psychological therapies in bipolar disorder: the effect of illness history on relapse prevention - systematic review. Bipolar Disorders, 11, 474-482. Abstract.
Wright KA, Lam D, Brown R (2009). Reduced Approach Motivation Following Nonreward: Extension of the BIS/BAS Scales. Personality and Individual Differences, 47, 753-757. Abstract.
Wright KA, Everson-Hock ES, Taylor AH (2009). The effects of physical activity on physical and mental health among individuals with bipolar disorder: a systematic review. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 2(2), 86-94. Abstract.

2008

Wright K, Gudjonsson G, Young S (2008). An investigation of the relationship between anger and offence-related shame and guilt. Psychology, Crime and Law, 14, 415-423. Abstract.
Wright KA, Lam D, Brown RG (2008). Dysregulation of the behavioral activation system in remitted bipolar I disorder. J Abnorm Psychol, 117(4), 838-848. Abstract.  Author URL.

2007

Wright K, Gudjonsson GH (2007). The development of a scale for measuring offence-related feelings of shame and guilt. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 18(3), 307-316. Abstract.

2005

Lam D, McCrone P, Wright KA, Kerr N (2005). Cost-effectiveness of relapse-prevention cognitive therapy for bipolar disorder: a 30 month study. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 186(6), 500-506.
Wright KA, Lam DH, Newsom-Davis I (2005). Induced mood change and dysfunctional attitudes in remitted Bipolar I Affective Disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 114(4), 689-696. Abstract.
Lam DH, Hayward P, Watkins ER, Wright K, Sham P (2005). Relapse prevention in patients with bipolar disorder: cognitive therapy outcome after 2 years. Am J Psychiatry, 162(2), 324-329. Abstract.  Author URL.
Lam D, Wright K, Sham P (2005). Sense of hyper-positive self and response to cognitive therapy in bipolar disorder. Psychol Med, 35(1), 69-77. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2004

Lam, D.H. (2004). Bipolar affective disorder: Current perspectives on psychological theory and treatment. In Power M (Ed) Mood Disorders: a Handbook of Science and Practice, Chichester: Wiley, 235-246.
Lam D, Wright KA, Smith N (2004). Dysfunctional assumptions in bipolar disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 79(1-3), 193-199.

2003

Lam DH, Watkins ER, Hayward P, Bright J, Wright K, Kerr N, Parr-Davis G, Sham P (2003). A randomized controlled study of cognitive therapy for relapse prevention for bipolar affective disorder: outcome of the first year. Arch Gen Psychiatry, 60(2), 145-152. Abstract.  Author URL.

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External Engagement and Impact

Committee/panel activities

2011-2012: Member of Department of Health task and finish group for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) for SMI initiative

2007-2012: Expert member of South West 2 NHS Research Ethics Committee


Editorial responsibilities

2012-present: Associate Editor of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

Teaching

Dr Wright currently teaches on professional training programmes and the BSc in Psychology:

Courses

  • BSc: Cognitive Behavioural Approaches to Mood Disorders
  • DClinPsy: Module convenor for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy strand
  • DClinPsy: academic tutor
  • IAPT High Intensity Programme: Module convenor for Depression strand

 

Modules

2019/20


Supervision / Group

Postgraduate researchers

  • Michael Begley
  • Asha Ladwa
  • Joseph Lowenstein
  • Benjamin Rosser
  • Kerry Wingfield-Digby

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