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Clinical research group

The Clinical Psychology research group delivers world-class research into the advancement of theoretical knowledge and clinical practice in clinical psychology.

The group gained acknowledgement as a world-leading research centre for mood disorders, interested in psychological processes implicated in unipolar and bipolar depressive disorder and evidence-based approaches to treatment.

A core structure within the group is the Mood Disorders Centre (MDC), a partnership between the University of Exeter and the National Health Service (NHS) that has directly led to treatment innovations that address key priorities in treating mood disorders and improving the health and quality-of-life of patients.

Emerged from this is the Study of Maladaptive to Adaptive Repetitive Thought (SMART) Lab that conducts innovative world-leading research to translate basic science into improved interventions for worry and rumination, and to further disseminate and train transdiagnostic treatment and prevention.

In addition, the clinical research group also holds the Psychopharmacology and Addiction Research Centre (PARC), which contains colleagues from across the University and builds on Psychology’s strengths in addiction and obesity research.

Another focus for the group’s activities is the Centre for Research into Inhibition Training, Impulse Control and Associative Learning (CRITICAL), which brings together colleagues from all four research groups across the department (clinical, social, cognitive, and animal behaviour).

Finally, the Centre for Research in Ageing and Cognitive Health (REACH) focuses on improving the well-being of older people and people with dementia.

Group members

Dr Anna Adlam Associate Professor  MDC, CEDAR, CREATE
Dr Julian Basanovic Lecturer  
Dr Catherine Butler Academic Director, Selection Lead on Doctorate in Clinical Psychology  
Dr Doretta Caramaschi Lecturer  
Prof. Barney Dunn Professor of Clinical Psychology and Mental Health Lead for APEX/NIHR Primary School Care MDC
Prof. Paul Farrand Professor of Evidence Based Psychological Practice and Research CEDAR, CREATE
Dr Louise Gates Lecturer  
Dr Andrew Gibbs Senior Lecturer  
Prof. Anke Karl Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology MDC
Dr Natalia Lawrence Associate Professor in Translational Medicine MDC, CRITICAL, PARC
Dr Jennifer Lay Lecturer  
Dr Jenny Limond Senior Lecturer and Research Director for DClinPsy/Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist  
Dr Cassandra Lowe Lecturer  
Dr Nick Moberly Senior Lecturer MDC
Prof. Celia Morgan Professor of Psychopharmacology PARC
Prof. Heather O'Mahen Professor in Perinatal Clinical Psychology MDC
Dr Matthew Owens Lecturer MDC, SMART Lab
Dr Lamprini Psychogiou Senior Lecturer in Translational Medicine MDC
Dr Henrietta Roberts Research Tutor DClinPsy and Research Fellow (RuMeChange trial)  
Dr Gemma Sharp Associate Professor in Reproductive and Mental Health Epidemiology  
Dr Alexander Shaw Lecturer PARC
Dr Cordet Smart    
Dr Janet Smithson Senior Lecturer in Psychology  
Dr Raluca Topciu Senior Lecturer in Clinical Research  
Dr Rosie Walker Lecturer  
Prof. Ed Watkins Professor of Experimental and Applied Clinical Psychology MDC, SMART Lab
Prof. Huw Williams Professor  
Dr Kim Wright Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology MDC
Research Assistants/Associates/Research Fellows/Associate Research Fellows
Dr Jemima Dooley Research Fellow and Engagement Officer - Nurture-U MDC
Natalie Flay    
Hollie Gay   CEDAR, CREATE
Flora Hemming    
Asha Ladwa Post Doc on RESPOND trail and Mental Health Mission Award  
Dr Alexandra Newbold RCT Trial Manager - Nurture-U MDC 
Laura Warbrick Research Fellow - NIHR predoc fellowship  
Research and Clinic Therapists
Hiba Choueiri  Clinical Practitioner  
Megan Colletta  Clinical Research Therapist  
Hugo Durward  Clinical Therapist  
Jerry Fox  Clinical Therapist  
Dave Jago  Clinical Practitioner, Research HI Practitioner  
Jo Mackenzie  Clinical Research Therapist  
Michaela Octigan  Clinical Therapist  

Emma Thom

 Clinical Therapist  
Administration Team
Charlie Dibble Operational Manager MDC, CEDAR
Rachael Milne Associate Research Fellow (AccEPT Clinic Coordinator) MDC
Katie Stewart Administrator, AccEPT Clinic & Wellcome Building MDC
Nicole Madeley Administrator, Nurture-U MDC
PhD students
Hind Saleh Alharbi    
Samia Alharbi    
Shahina Begum    
Fatmawati Fadli    
Sophie Hearn    
Danielle Windget    


The Sir Henry Wellcome Building for Mood Disorders Research (MDC)

The Sir Henry Wellcome Building for Mood Disorders Research, managed by Professor Ed Watkins, is dedicated to the improvement of the understanding and treatment of mood disorders.  This state-of-the art, fit-for-purpose built clinical research facility houses individual and group treatment rooms, with built-in audiovisual recording, plus office and meeting space for clinical research.

The AccEPT clinic at the MDC

The AccEPT Clinic, led by Drs. Barney Dunn and Kim Wright, provides evidence-based psychological therapies to people in the community who experience severe or recurrent mood disorders, as well as aiding the development of new treatments by offering innovations in psychological therapies to these client groups. It is funded by the NHS via the NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group.

The MDC biobehavioural lab

The MDC biobehavioural lab, led by Dr Anke Karl, supports research into the understanding of neural and peripheral physiological correlates of those mechanisms hypothesised to cause or maintain mood and related disorders. It comprises testing rooms equipped with psychophysiology and EEG equipment, eye tracker and virtual reality suites.

The PARC psychopharmalogical lab

The PARC psychopharmalogical lab, led by Professor Celia Morgan, supports research into the acute effects of pharmacological challenges on human volunteers. Three dedicated Home Office approved labs contain facilitites for administering pharmacological challenge, phlebotomy and preparation and storage of blood samples and psychological data.

The Research, Learning, Innovation and Development Building

The clinical group collaborate closely with individuals in the RILD building, at the R,D & E hospital site. The Wellcome Wolfson Medical Research Centre (opened December 2013), a new £28 million facility that brings together key clinical and biomedical scientists working in genomics, neuroscience, cell biology and human physiology. This building also houses the NIHR Exeter Clinical Research Facility (; a purpose built testing facility for early stage clinical trials.

MR Scanner

Exeter's MR  scanner is a 1.5T Phillips Gyroscan Magnetic with SENSE technology capable of high speed whole-volume acquisitions for event and epoch fMRI designs. Button-box, joystick and trackball response manipulanda with optic-fibre connections are available. The scanner is equipped with an Applied Science Labs MRI-compatible eye tracking system. It is a research-dedicated machine, housed in the Peninsula Medical School's research building, and operated by the medical physicists in the Department of Physics; the School of Psychology is part of a consortium of users in several departments of the university and beyond. Concurrent ERP and fMRI recording is available.

Centre for Biomedical Modelling and Analysis

The centre is a university-wide Wellcome Trust funded resource supporting researchers with advanced and complex data analyses of biomedical data and implementation of new technologies into existing research.

Peninsula Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (PENCLAHRC)

PenCLAHRC is the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) of the South West Peninsula. It offers excellent research infrastructure including specialist groups in medical statistics, health economics, evidence synthesis and modelling, and PPI, and the clinical trials unit. MDC and REACH have close links with PENCLAHRC.