The Research Team

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Dr Jenny Limond, Director of PGR for Professional Doctorates/Director of Research for DClin PSY Programme 

Jenny’s research and clinical interests are in developing interventions for children with neurological conditions, including traumatic brain injury, brain tumours, CNS infections and neurodevelopmental disorders. Areas of particular interest include the impact of development on response to interventions, metacognition and interventions to support executive functioning, processing speed, memory and learning. Jenny also has a strong interest in developing single-case experimental designs to facilitate clinical research.

Email: J.Limond@exeter.ac.uk

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Anke

Dr Anke Karl, Research Supervisor

Anke is the strategic group lead of the Clinical Psychology Research Group and the Mood Disorders Centre. She is also the Director of the MDC Biobehavioural Lab.

Her research focuses on biobehavioural underpinnings of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and recovery from psychological trauma. She is also interested in translational clinical research about how our understanding of biopsychological processes and mechanisms can inform the development or refinement of psychological therapies for trauma survivors with PTSD and depression.

She received her research training in clinical psychology and behavioural neuroscience at Humboldt University Berlin, Germany. In 2001, she was awarded the Young Scientist Award of the Biological Psychology Division of the German Society for Psychology. After completion of post-doctoral research at the Center for Stress and Anxiety Disorders (CSAD) of the University at Albany, N.Y., USA, she held faculty positions in Germany at the Technische Universitat Dresden and in the UK at the University of Southampton before joining the University of Exeter. She has published research in leading clinical psychology and neuroscience journals and received funding from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation), Gerald Kerkutt Trust, Compassionate Mind Foundation and her PhD students were funded by ORSAS, ESRC, Wellcome Trust/Exeter Graduate Fellowships and Varela Award.

She also received five year advanced clinical training in Germany at the Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Brandenburg and is a licensed Psychological Psychotherapist (Approbation) and an associate therapist at the AccEPT clinic.

Email: a.karl@exeter.ac.uk
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Nick Moberly

Dr Nick Moberly, Research Tutor

Nick is interested in motivation and goal processes in relation to affect, emotion and mood disorders, particularly depression. Nick is also interested in the psychological processes and mechanisms that differentiate depressed and non-depressed people during the process of goal pursuit, in terms of effort, reward and disengagement. He has also conducted experience-sampling research that investigates psychological processes in ecologically valid settings and has an interest in extending this methodology to clinical populations. Finally, Nick is interested in autobiographical memory processes in both healthy and depressed individuals, particularly in relation to personal goals and the self.

Email: n.j.moberly@exeter.ac.uk
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Dr Janet Smithson, Research Supervisor

Janet is a qualitative social psychology researcher. She has worked on a variety of national and European funded research projects. Her main research interests include gender and discourse, work-life practices and policies, life course transitions, qualitative methodologies, internet-mediated discourse and communication. Besides teaching on the DClinPsy course she is carrying out research on mediation and alternative dispute resolution, and on older people's user of the internet for well-being. Recent research projects include a study of online support sites for young people who self harm, a study of online professional-service user interaction, and a qualitative meta-synthesis of studies of cancer and alternative medicine.

Email: j.smithson@exeter.ac.uk
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Dr Pia Pechtel, Research Tutor

Pia's research focuses on the intersection of clinical psychology and developmental neuroscience. The aim of her work has been to improve our understanding of neurobiological vulnerabilities to psychological disorders and high-risk behavior in individuals who experienced childhood abuse. More specifically, she aims to develop a clinical-neurodevelopmental model of the sequelae of childhood abuse to (a) identify critical phases of adolescent brain development, (b) investigate the impact of abuse on affective and reward brain circuitries, and (c) predict their translation into high-risk behavior (e.g., self-harm, substance use) and mental illness. Her research explores such brain-behavior relationships using a number of techniques including electroencephalography (EEG), functional and structural magnetic resonance imagining (MRI), and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), with the ultimate goal of using this research to inform the development of interventions to prevent high-risk behavior in adolescence and to promote resilient functioning across development.

She received her PhD in Psychology from Massey University in New Zealand where she worked as a researcher on a national project to develop evidence-based therapy guidelines for sexual abuse and assault. She then completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University before joining the faculty of Harvard Medical School. She relocated to the UK to complete her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) at the University of Exeter.

Pia currently works part-time as a clinical psychologist in a sexual abuse specialist service for children and young people (JACAT). She also have been a research tutor and coordinator for the children and young people curriculum on the DClinPsy program since 2016.

Email: P.Pechtel@exeter.ac.uk

Anna Adlam

Dr Anna Adlam, Research Supervisor

Dr Anna Adlam is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist (D.Clin.Psy.) and academic Neuropsychologist (Ph.D.), who specialises in working with individuals who have survived paediatric brain injury. Anna gained her Ph.D., investigating dissociations in memory in developmental amnesia, at the Institute of Child Health, UCL (1999-2003). Following this, Anna worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the MRC-Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (2003-2006), investigating the neural correlates of semantic memory. Anna went on to complete her doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at the University of East Anglia (UEA, 2006-2009) before joining the UEA as a Clinical Lecturer/Senior Lecturer. Anna also worked as a clinical psychologist for the Cambridge Centre of Paediatric Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (2009-2012).

Anna is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter and is a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow (2015/16). Anna also co-ordinates the Paediatric Neurocognitive Interventions Research Group, an international research network conducting studies in the UK/Europe USA and Australia.

Email: A.R.Adlam@exeter.ac.uk
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Dr Alicia Rossiter, Research Tutor

 

Email: A.Rossiter2@exeter.ac.uk