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Dr Matthew Owens-Solari

Dr Matthew Owens-Solari

Lecturer in Psychology

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 Sir Henry Wellcome Building for Mood Disorders Research F07

 

Sir Henry Wellcome Building for Mood Disorders Research, University of Exeter, Queens Drive, Exeter, EX4 4QQ, UK

 Office hours:

Matt's office hours in Term 1

Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am - 12pm

Overview

Qualifications

  • From 2005 to 2008 - PhD in Psychology, University of Southampton
  • From 2004 to 2005 - MSc (Distinction) Research Methods in Psychology, University of Southampton

Career

Matt started his research career as a Research Assistant at the Dorset Research Development and Support Unit with Professor Roger Baker. Here he worked on a clinical psychology programme developing an emotional processing paradigm. Matt gained his MSc in Research Methods at the University of Southampton, where he went on to win an ESRC-funded collaborative award with the School of Psychology and Hampshire Educational Psychology Service. His Phd focussed on how anxiety and depression affect working memory processes and academic performance in schoolchildren. He was supervised by Dr Julie Hadwin and Professor Jim Stevenson and examined by Professor Michael Eysenck (Royal Holloway, University of London).  Matt then took a position as postdoctoral scientist with Professor Ian Goodyer in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge (2009-2014). In this role he tested and developed models of emotional disorder and psychological traits in large longitudinal cohorts. Matt is now Research Fellow at the MDC and Trial Manager for the multi-centre European trial (MooDFOOD) that will assess the effect of nutritional strategies on the prevention of depression.

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Research

Research interests

Psychopathology

Broadly speaking, my main research interest lies in the aetiology of emotional disorders, as well as in the consequences of common problems such as anxiety and depression in everyday life. I am particularly interested in how the environment, genes and endocrine activity interact with one another to influence cognition and predict psychopathology. My research has assessed the inter-relationships between both proximal (e.g. cognitive processing, morning cortisol) and distal (e.g. genetic polymorphism, early family adversity) factors in the development of mood disorders. Currently I am investigating the role of diet and nutritional supplementation in preventing depression in at-risk individuals.
 

Cognition and Emotion
A second research stream is concerned with the interplay between working memory and emotion, especially in academic contexts. For example, it has been shown that high levels of trait anxiety can disrupt working memory processes to artificially lower scores on tests of academic performance as well as ability.
 

Health Services Research
I have worked on Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (Cambridge and Peterborough) project evaluating the experiences of young people with mental health problems going through services transitions (mental health services or social services) into adulthood.
 

Personality
With former PhD student Dr Ruth Spence and Professor Ian Goodyer, I also have an interest in the relationship between temperament and personality. In particular, how these two factors may differentially predispose people to mental health problems and may influence their levels of mental health service use.
Throughout all my research I have taken a keen interest in a variety of multivariate statistical methods, including continuous and categorical latent variable modelling.
 

Research projects

MooDFOOD

I am the Trial Manager for the UK arm of the MooDFOOD multi-country randomised controlled trial on depression. MooDFOOD is a collaborative European Commission-funded project (€8.9 million) investigating the role of diet and lifestyle changes in preventing depression. The project is comprised of 7 Work Packages and involves 14 partners in 9 countries. The trial is a collaboration between Spain, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK. The University of Exeter (led by Professor Ed Watkins) is playing a significant role in the development and training of the behavioural intervention for the trial. Approximately one thousand people at risk of suffering depression, who are overweight with elevated symptoms but have no current diagnosis, will participate in the study and be followed up for a year. About 250 of these will come from the UK. In this work we are testing the effects of dietary and lifestyle coaching, either with or without taking nutritional supplements, on preventing depression.
 

Research networks

In my research I also collaborate with Professor Ian Goodyer and team (Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge) and Professor Jim Stevenson and Dr Julie Hadwin (School of Psychology, University of Southampton).

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Bot M, Brouwer I, Roca M, Kohls E, Penninx B, Watkins ER, van Grootheest G, Cabout M, Hegerl U, Gili M, et al (2019). Effect of Multinutrient Supplementation and Food-Related Behavioral Activation Therapy on Prevention of Major Depressive Disorder Among Overweight or Obese Adults with Subsyndromal Depressive Symptoms. JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association, 321, 858-868. Full text.
Psychogiou L, Russell G, Owens M (2019). Parents’ postnatal depressive symptoms and their children's academic attainment at 16 years: Pathways of risk transmission. British Journal of Psychology Full text.
van Harmelen A-L, Gibson JL, St Clair MC, Owens M, Brodbeck J, Dunn V, Lewis G, Croudace T, Jones PB, Kievit RA, et al (2016). Friendships and Family Support Reduce Subsequent Depressive Symptoms in At-Risk Adolescents. PLOS ONE, 11(5), e0153715-e0153715. Full text.
Corder K, Atkin AJ, Bamber DJ, Brage S, Dunn VJ, Ekelund U, Owens M, van Sluijs EMF, Goodyer IM (2015). Revising on the run or studying on the sofa: prospective associations between physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and exam results in British adolescents. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 12(1).
Owens M, Herbert J, Jones PB, Sahakian BJ, Wilkinson PO, Dunn VJ, Croudace TJ, Goodyer IM (2014). Elevated morning cortisol is a stratified population-level biomarker for major depression in boys only with high depressive symptoms. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 111(9), 3638-3643. Abstract.  Author URL.
Toseeb U, Brage S, Corder K, Dunn VJ, Jones PB, Owens M, St Clair MC, van Sluijs EMF, Goodyer IM (2014). Exercise and depressive symptoms in adolescents: a longitudinal cohort study. JAMA Pediatr, 168(12), 1093-1100. Abstract.  Author URL.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Baldofski S, Mauche N, Dogan-Sander E, Bot M, Brouwer IA, Paans NPG, Cabout M, Gili M, van Grootheest G, Hegerl U, et al (2019). Depressive Symptom Clusters in Relation to Body Weight Status: Results from Two Large European Multicenter Studies. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 10
Bot M, Brouwer I, Roca M, Kohls E, Penninx B, Watkins ER, van Grootheest G, Cabout M, Hegerl U, Gili M, et al (2019). Effect of Multinutrient Supplementation and Food-Related Behavioral Activation Therapy on Prevention of Major Depressive Disorder Among Overweight or Obese Adults with Subsyndromal Depressive Symptoms. JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association, 321, 858-868. Full text.
Grasso AC, Olthof MR, van Dooren C, Roca M, Gili M, Visser M, Cabout M, Bot M, Penninx BWJH, van Grootheest G, et al (2019). Effect of food-related behavioral activation therapy on food intake and the environmental impact of the diet: results from the MooDFOOD prevention trial. European Journal of Nutrition
Psychogiou L, Russell G, Owens M (2019). Parents’ postnatal depressive symptoms and their children's academic attainment at 16 years: Pathways of risk transmission. British Journal of Psychology Full text.
van Harmelen A-L, Gibson JL, St Clair MC, Owens M, Brodbeck J, Dunn V, Lewis G, Croudace T, Jones PB, Kievit RA, et al (2016). Friendships and Family Support Reduce Subsequent Depressive Symptoms in At-Risk Adolescents. PLOS ONE, 11(5), e0153715-e0153715. Full text.
Spence R, Owens-Solari M, Goodyer I (2016). Help-seeking in emerging adults with and without a history of mental health referral: a qualitative study. BMC Research Notes, 9(1). Abstract.  Full text.
Roca M, Kohls E, Gili M, Watkins E, Owens M, Hegerl U, van Grootheest G, Bot M, Cabout M, Brouwer IA, et al (2016). Prevention of depression through nutritional strategies in high-risk persons: rationale and design of the MooDFOOD prevention trial. BMC Psychiatry, 16 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Memarzia J, St Clair MC, Owens M, Goodyer IM, Dunn VJ (2015). Adolescents leaving mental health or social care services: predictors of mental health and psychosocial outcomes one year later. BMC Health Serv Res, 15 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Corder K, Atkin AJ, Bamber DJ, Brage S, Dunn VJ, Ekelund U, Owens M, van Sluijs EMF, Goodyer IM (2015). Revising on the run or studying on the sofa: prospective associations between physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and exam results in British adolescents. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 12(1).
Owens M, Herbert J, Jones PB, Sahakian BJ, Wilkinson PO, Dunn VJ, Croudace TJ, Goodyer IM (2014). Elevated morning cortisol is a stratified population-level biomarker for major depression in boys only with high depressive symptoms. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 111(9), 3638-3643. Abstract.  Author URL.
Toseeb U, Brage S, Corder K, Dunn VJ, Jones PB, Owens M, St Clair MC, van Sluijs EMF, Goodyer IM (2014). Exercise and depressive symptoms in adolescents: a longitudinal cohort study. JAMA Pediatr, 168(12), 1093-1100. Abstract.  Author URL.
Brodbeck J, Goodyer IM, Abbott RA, Dunn VJ, St Clair MC, Owens M, Jones PB, Croudace TJ (2014). General distress, hopelessness-suicidal ideation and worrying in adolescence: concurrent and predictive validity of a symptom-level bifactor model for clinical diagnoses. J Affect Disord, 152-154, 299-305. Abstract.  Author URL.
Owens M, Stevenson J, Hadwin JA, Norgate R (2014). When does anxiety help or hinder cognitive test performance? the role of working memory capacity. Br J Psychol, 105(1), 92-101. Abstract.  Author URL.
Spence R, Owens M, Goodyer I (2013). The longitudinal psychometric properties of the EAS temperament survey in adolescence. J Pers Assess, 95(6), 633-639. Abstract.  Author URL.
Owens M, Goodyer IM, Wilkinson P, Bhardwaj A, Abbott R, Croudace T, Dunn V, Jones PB, Walsh ND, Ban M, et al (2012). 5-HTTLPR and early childhood adversities moderate cognitive and emotional processing in adolescence. PLoS One, 7(11). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Walsh ND, Dalgleish T, Dunn VJ, Abbott R, St Clair MC, Owens M, Fairchild G, Kerslake WS, Hiscox LV, Passamonti L, et al (2012). 5-HTTLPR-environment interplay and its effects on neural reactivity in adolescents. Neuroimage, 63(3), 1670-1680. Abstract.  Author URL.
Owens M, Stevenson J, Hadwin JA, Norgate R (2012). Anxiety and depression in academic performance: an exploration of the mediating factors of worry and working memory. School Psychology International, 33(4), 433-449. Abstract.
Baker R, Owens M, Thomas S, Whittlesea A, Abbey G, Gower P, Tosunlar L, Corrigan E, Thomas PW (2012). Does CBT facilitate emotional processing?. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 40(1), 19-37. Abstract.
Hinrichs S, Owens M, Dunn V, Goodyer I (2012). General practitioner experience and perception of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) care pathways: a multimethod research study. BMJ OPEN, 2(6). Author URL.  Full text.
Akister J, Owens M, Goodyer IM (2010). Leaving care and mental health: Outcomes for children in out-of-home care during the transition to adulthood. Health Research Policy and Systems, 8 Abstract.  Full text.
Owens M, Stevenson J, Norgate R, Hadwin JA (2008). Processing efficiency theory in children: working memory as a mediator between trait anxiety and academic performance. Anxiety Stress Coping, 21(4), 417-430. Abstract.  Author URL.
Baker R, Thomas S, Thomas PW, Owens M (2007). Development of an emotional processing scale. J Psychosom Res, 62(2), 167-178. Abstract.  Author URL.
Baker R, Holloway J, Thomas PW, Thomas S, Owens M (2004). Emotional processing and panic. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 42(11), 1271-1287. Abstract.
Baker R, Holloway J, Holtkamp CCM, Larsson A, Hartman LC, Pearce R, Scherman B, Johansson S, Thomas PW, Wareing LA, et al (2003). Effects of multi-sensory stimulation for people with dementia. J Adv Nurs, 43(5), 465-477. Abstract.  Author URL.

Chapters

Watkins E, Owens-Solari M, Cook L (2018). Habits in depression: Understanding and intervention. In Verplanken B (Ed) The Psychology of Habit Theory, Mechanisms, Change, and Contexts, Springer. Abstract.

Reports

Goodyer IM, Owens M, St.Clair M, Wilkinson P (2011). Currencies for Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS): a Report to the Payment by Results Group, Department of Health. Department of Health, NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for Cambridge & Peterborough.
Dunn VJ, Owens M, Gwaspari M, Harris K, Ryan M, Tsancheva S, Goodyer IM (2011). Transfer of Care at 17 (TC-17) - pilot phase. An investigation of factors which influence two groups of young people facing transitional care at 17: 1. young people in local authority care (YPiC); 2. CAMHS users (CAMHSu). NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for Cambridge & Peterborough. National Institute of Health Research, NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for Cambridge & Peterborough.
Owens M, Ryan M, Gwaspari M, Harris K, Dunn VJ, Goodyer IM (2010). Child and adolescent mental health and social care services in Cambridge and Peterborough: a quantitative mapping exercise. A Report for the Cambridge & Peterborough Child and Adolescent CLAHRC theme. National Institure for Health Research, NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for Cambridge & Peterborough.

Publications by year


2019

Baldofski S, Mauche N, Dogan-Sander E, Bot M, Brouwer IA, Paans NPG, Cabout M, Gili M, van Grootheest G, Hegerl U, et al (2019). Depressive Symptom Clusters in Relation to Body Weight Status: Results from Two Large European Multicenter Studies. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 10
Bot M, Brouwer I, Roca M, Kohls E, Penninx B, Watkins ER, van Grootheest G, Cabout M, Hegerl U, Gili M, et al (2019). Effect of Multinutrient Supplementation and Food-Related Behavioral Activation Therapy on Prevention of Major Depressive Disorder Among Overweight or Obese Adults with Subsyndromal Depressive Symptoms. JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association, 321, 858-868. Full text.
Grasso AC, Olthof MR, van Dooren C, Roca M, Gili M, Visser M, Cabout M, Bot M, Penninx BWJH, van Grootheest G, et al (2019). Effect of food-related behavioral activation therapy on food intake and the environmental impact of the diet: results from the MooDFOOD prevention trial. European Journal of Nutrition
Psychogiou L, Russell G, Owens M (2019). Parents’ postnatal depressive symptoms and their children's academic attainment at 16 years: Pathways of risk transmission. British Journal of Psychology Full text.

2018

Watkins E, Owens-Solari M, Cook L (2018). Habits in depression: Understanding and intervention. In Verplanken B (Ed) The Psychology of Habit Theory, Mechanisms, Change, and Contexts, Springer. Abstract.

2016

van Harmelen A-L, Gibson JL, St Clair MC, Owens M, Brodbeck J, Dunn V, Lewis G, Croudace T, Jones PB, Kievit RA, et al (2016). Friendships and Family Support Reduce Subsequent Depressive Symptoms in At-Risk Adolescents. PLOS ONE, 11(5), e0153715-e0153715. Full text.
Spence R, Owens-Solari M, Goodyer I (2016). Help-seeking in emerging adults with and without a history of mental health referral: a qualitative study. BMC Research Notes, 9(1). Abstract.  Full text.
Roca M, Kohls E, Gili M, Watkins E, Owens M, Hegerl U, van Grootheest G, Bot M, Cabout M, Brouwer IA, et al (2016). Prevention of depression through nutritional strategies in high-risk persons: rationale and design of the MooDFOOD prevention trial. BMC Psychiatry, 16 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2015

Memarzia J, St Clair MC, Owens M, Goodyer IM, Dunn VJ (2015). Adolescents leaving mental health or social care services: predictors of mental health and psychosocial outcomes one year later. BMC Health Serv Res, 15 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Corder K, Atkin AJ, Bamber DJ, Brage S, Dunn VJ, Ekelund U, Owens M, van Sluijs EMF, Goodyer IM (2015). Revising on the run or studying on the sofa: prospective associations between physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and exam results in British adolescents. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 12(1).

2014

Owens M, Herbert J, Jones PB, Sahakian BJ, Wilkinson PO, Dunn VJ, Croudace TJ, Goodyer IM (2014). Elevated morning cortisol is a stratified population-level biomarker for major depression in boys only with high depressive symptoms. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 111(9), 3638-3643. Abstract.  Author URL.
Toseeb U, Brage S, Corder K, Dunn VJ, Jones PB, Owens M, St Clair MC, van Sluijs EMF, Goodyer IM (2014). Exercise and depressive symptoms in adolescents: a longitudinal cohort study. JAMA Pediatr, 168(12), 1093-1100. Abstract.  Author URL.
Brodbeck J, Goodyer IM, Abbott RA, Dunn VJ, St Clair MC, Owens M, Jones PB, Croudace TJ (2014). General distress, hopelessness-suicidal ideation and worrying in adolescence: concurrent and predictive validity of a symptom-level bifactor model for clinical diagnoses. J Affect Disord, 152-154, 299-305. Abstract.  Author URL.
Owens M, Stevenson J, Hadwin JA, Norgate R (2014). When does anxiety help or hinder cognitive test performance? the role of working memory capacity. Br J Psychol, 105(1), 92-101. Abstract.  Author URL.

2013

Spence R, Owens M, Goodyer I (2013). The longitudinal psychometric properties of the EAS temperament survey in adolescence. J Pers Assess, 95(6), 633-639. Abstract.  Author URL.

2012

Owens M, Goodyer IM, Wilkinson P, Bhardwaj A, Abbott R, Croudace T, Dunn V, Jones PB, Walsh ND, Ban M, et al (2012). 5-HTTLPR and early childhood adversities moderate cognitive and emotional processing in adolescence. PLoS One, 7(11). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Walsh ND, Dalgleish T, Dunn VJ, Abbott R, St Clair MC, Owens M, Fairchild G, Kerslake WS, Hiscox LV, Passamonti L, et al (2012). 5-HTTLPR-environment interplay and its effects on neural reactivity in adolescents. Neuroimage, 63(3), 1670-1680. Abstract.  Author URL.
Owens M, Stevenson J, Hadwin JA, Norgate R (2012). Anxiety and depression in academic performance: an exploration of the mediating factors of worry and working memory. School Psychology International, 33(4), 433-449. Abstract.
Baker R, Owens M, Thomas S, Whittlesea A, Abbey G, Gower P, Tosunlar L, Corrigan E, Thomas PW (2012). Does CBT facilitate emotional processing?. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 40(1), 19-37. Abstract.
Hinrichs S, Owens M, Dunn V, Goodyer I (2012). General practitioner experience and perception of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) care pathways: a multimethod research study. BMJ OPEN, 2(6). Author URL.  Full text.

2011

Goodyer IM, Owens M, St.Clair M, Wilkinson P (2011). Currencies for Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS): a Report to the Payment by Results Group, Department of Health. Department of Health, NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for Cambridge & Peterborough.
Dunn VJ, Owens M, Gwaspari M, Harris K, Ryan M, Tsancheva S, Goodyer IM (2011). Transfer of Care at 17 (TC-17) - pilot phase. An investigation of factors which influence two groups of young people facing transitional care at 17: 1. young people in local authority care (YPiC); 2. CAMHS users (CAMHSu). NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for Cambridge & Peterborough. National Institute of Health Research, NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for Cambridge & Peterborough.

2010

Owens M, Ryan M, Gwaspari M, Harris K, Dunn VJ, Goodyer IM (2010). Child and adolescent mental health and social care services in Cambridge and Peterborough: a quantitative mapping exercise. A Report for the Cambridge & Peterborough Child and Adolescent CLAHRC theme. National Institure for Health Research, NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for Cambridge & Peterborough.
Akister J, Owens M, Goodyer IM (2010). Leaving care and mental health: Outcomes for children in out-of-home care during the transition to adulthood. Health Research Policy and Systems, 8 Abstract.  Full text.

2008

Owens M, Stevenson J, Norgate R, Hadwin JA (2008). Processing efficiency theory in children: working memory as a mediator between trait anxiety and academic performance. Anxiety Stress Coping, 21(4), 417-430. Abstract.  Author URL.

2007

Baker R, Thomas S, Thomas PW, Owens M (2007). Development of an emotional processing scale. J Psychosom Res, 62(2), 167-178. Abstract.  Author URL.

2004

Baker R, Holloway J, Thomas PW, Thomas S, Owens M (2004). Emotional processing and panic. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 42(11), 1271-1287. Abstract.

2003

Baker R, Holloway J, Holtkamp CCM, Larsson A, Hartman LC, Pearce R, Scherman B, Johansson S, Thomas PW, Wareing LA, et al (2003). Effects of multi-sensory stimulation for people with dementia. J Adv Nurs, 43(5), 465-477. Abstract.  Author URL.

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External Engagement and Impact

Awards and distinctions

  • 2014 - My paper on cortisol and depression was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences – the fourth most-cited journal in the health and medical sciences
  • 2012 - Published in the British Journal of Psychology, our paper on anxiety and cognition featured in the British Psychological Society Annual report
  • 2012 - Accepted as postdoctoral member of Clare Hall College, University of Cambridge.
  • 2008 - Winner of the Gordon Trasler Award (University of Southampton) honouring original work relating to the application of psychological research for the benefit of society

 


Editorial responsibilities

I act as a reviewer for a number of peer-review academic journals including:

  • Psychological Medicine
  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognition and Emotion
  • Anxiety, Stress & Coping
  • Learning and Individual Differences
  • Behaviour Research and Therapy

Invited lectures

  • Owens, M. (2013, March). Anxiety, working memory and academic performance in schoolchildren. Invited talk presented at the Department of Psychology, Edge Hill University, UK.
  • Owens, M. (2012, December). Anxiety and Academic Performance. Invited talk presented at the Attention and executive functioning in high-trait anxiety: Implications for cognitive and academic performance workshop, BabeĊŸ-Bolyai University, Romania.

Media Coverage

Matt’s research has been featured widely in the media.

 

Teaching

Currently I am teaching on the following Undergraduate modules:

  • Classic studies in Psychology (PSY1126)
  • Development Psychology and Psychopathology (PSY2306)
  • Contemporary Issues in Psychology (PSY3403)
  • Women's Mental Health (PSY3430)
  • Psychology Research Project Supervision (PSY3401)
  • Personal Tutor

Modules

2019/20


Supervision / Group

Alumni

  • Ruth Spence 2nd Supervisor - University of Cambridge

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