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Welcome to my blog page.  Click the red tags to filter all entries on this topic.  Here is a chance to:
  • Read up on some of the projects I am working on
  • Recap on research that underpins my training and lectures
  • Share some intriguing research findings
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February 12, 2020

Outside of work,  I am a very keen family historian.  It fascinates me how people lived everyday lives in past millennia and how their choices, good and bad fortune and  circumstances of history led to our being today.  What family history reveals is how different fami...

February 12, 2020

In training and lectures on treatment outcomes I often suggest that doing the wrong thing in sessions with clients has a bigger impact on doing the right things.  I was therefore interested in Findings recent reviews of brief interventions research that provided some e...

February 12, 2020

A great word I heard recently was anticipointment.   This when you find that something you thought would be great turns out to be rubbish.  Recovery may come into this category for many.  Whilst Recovery is the holy grail of addictions work, the concept is often poorly...

February 12, 2020

Artificial intelligence may soon play a critical role in choosing which depression therapy is best for patients.

A national trial initiated by UT Southwestern in 2011 to better understand mood disorders has produced what scientists are calling the project's flagship fin...

January 14, 2020

What drives a person to smoke cigarettes? What role do emotions play in this addictive behavior? Why do some smokers puff more often and more deeply or even relapse many years after they've quit? 

A team of researchers based at Harvard University now has fresh insights...

January 14, 2020

I have long suggested that parenting does not belong solely to a parent.  Parenting style is determined where the resources of a parent meet the needs of child.  Where parents have few emotional, social and material resources they struggle with children who place high...

January 14, 2020

My first day back at work in 2020 was with a fantastic team of mental health housing workers.  We had an extensive debate on the role of infectious diseases on mental health and I promised to present the research.  So, here is a review of some fascinating research on h...

December 19, 2019

Recent advances in neuroscience are unlocking how the major personality traits are linked to neural systems.  One personality trait, Neuroticism, is linked to fear centers in the brain.  People who scoring highly on this measure are very alert and sensitive to fear....

December 19, 2019

Traits are often much stronger than talents in predicting where people are most happiest.  When developing peoples sense of their future aspirations it can be more helpful to ask them what kind of person are they?  As opposed to what are you good at?  Therefore I was v...

December 19, 2019

Most people who experience severe trauma recover their health. But 23 percent develop PTSD, a difficult-to-treat illness that combines intrusive thoughts about the trauma, avoidance of reminders of it, low mood and an exaggerated startle reaction. Which trauma victims...

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