CBT Theory & Therapy Research Group


The group conducts a wide range of research actvities in clinical and non-clinical areas. Below are some descriptions of current research programmes.

PTSD & Emotional Memory

Current theories of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) suggest that patients re-experience traumatic memories because of the way they were encoded at the time of the trauma. We are currently conducting a brain scanning memory investigation in fMRI with patients who have PTSD or depression.

We are currently looking for participants to take part in this study. If you are aged 18-50, right-handed and:

1) Currently depressed

2) Or have suffered a serious trauma (e.g. serious assault or road traffic accident)

then we would like to hear from you. Please contact Dr Matthew Whalley for more information on 020 7679 5365 or email.


Hypervigilance in PTSD

Hypervigilance is one of the 'arousal' symptoms, a core diagnostic criteria for PTSD. We are investigating the use of a new experimental task for assessing hypervigilance in people who were affected by the London bombings of July 2005.

If you were on one of the trains on 7th July 2005 and would like to take part please contact Dr Matthew Whalley for more information on 020 7679 5365 or email.


Intrusive Imagery in Depression

High frequency intrusions in depressed patients are thought to maintain the condition. We are conducting a treatment study investigating the effectiveness of a short imagery-focussed treatment for depression.