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Clinical and Wellbeing Group

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The Clinical and Wellbeing Group brings together an interdisciplinary team that leads biopsychosocial research focusing on psychological distress and its amelioration in both clinical and non-clinical populations.

Current research includes uncovering the psychological, cognitive and physiological mechanisms underlying stress, mental health problems (including anxiety, OCD and ADHD), as well as those resulting from the consequences of physical ill-health and neurological conditions (e.g., acquired brain injury).

We also develop and evaluate psychological interventions, and conduct feasibility assessments, with the aim of advancing psychological, physical and mental health and improving wellbeing.

The Clinical and Wellbeing Group is part of the ARU Centre for Mind and Behaviour.

We offer a Psychology PhD. We have also identified a range of innovative research project opportunities for postgraduate researchers.

For more information, contact Dr Sharon Morein-Zamir at [email protected] or Dr Jane Scott at [email protected]


Find out more about our group members on their profile pages.

  • Lily Gyimes
  • Enes Kartal
  • Laura Laken
  • Ann Pettit
  • Carter Smith

Gillard, J., Werner-Seidler, A., Dalgleish, T. and Stretton, J. (2023) 'Script-driven imagery of socially salient autobiographical memories in major depressive disorder', Scientific Reports, 13(1), 14577.

Melegkovits, E., Blumberg, J., Dixon, E., Ehntholt, K., Gillard, J., Kayal, H., . . . Bloomfield, M. (2023) 'The effectiveness of trauma-focused psychotherapy for complex post-traumatic stress disorder: A retrospective study', European Psychiatry, 66(1), E4. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1192/j.eurpsy.2022.2346

Morein-Zamir, S. and Ahluwalia S. (2023) 'Hoarding disorder: evidence and best practice in primary care', British Journal of General Practice, 73 (729), pp. 182-183. Available at: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp23X732513

Belcher, H. L., Morein-Zamir, S., Stagg, S. D. and Ford, R. (2022) 'Shining a Light on a Hidden Population: Social Functioning and Mental Health in Women Reporting Autistic Traits But Lacking Diagnosis', Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-022-05583-2

Davenport, C., Lambie, J., Owen, C. and Swami, V. (2022) 'Fathers’ experience of depression during the perinatal period: a qualitative systematic review', JBI Evidence Synthesis, 20(9), pp. 2244-2302.

Morein-Zamir, S., Kasese, M., Chamberlain, S. R. and Trachtenberg, E. (2022) 'Elevated levels of hoarding in ADHD: a special link with inattention', Journal of Psychiatric Research, 145, pp. 167-174. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychires.2021.12.024

Fox, J., Smith, A.-M., Driver, P., & Vasconcelos e Sa, D. (2022). Teaching Family Carers about the Recovery Concept in Mental Health: An Exploration of the Potential Impact of Utilizing an Online Program. Journal of Recovery in Mental Health, 5(1), 45-65.

Bogosian, A., Hurt, C. S., Hindle, J. V., McCracken, L. M., Vasconcelos e Sa, D. A., Axell, S., Tapper, K., Stevens, J., Hirani, P. S., Salhab, M., Ye, W. and Cubi-Molla, P. (2021) 'Acceptability and Feasibility of a Mindfulness Intervention Delivered via Videoconferencing for People With Parkinson’s', Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/0891988720988901

Lambie, J. A., Lambie, H. J. and Sadek, S. (2020) '“My child will actually say ‘I am upset’… Before all they would do was scream”: Teaching parents emotion validation in a social care setting', Child: care, health and development, 46(5), pp. 627-636. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/cch.12770

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