Name: Tina Adkins
Thesis title: The Development and Implementation of a Mentalizing Intervention for Foster Parents
Brief Biography: I received my MA in Counseling in the US and an MSc in Developmental Psychoanalytic Psychology through UCL and the Anna Freud Centre. I have spent much of my career within the field of social work, specifically working with foster and adopted children and their parents. Before starting this PhD, I was involved with psycho-educational training and teaching of foster and adoptive parents in Texas.
Thesis abstract: My work showed me that much of the training received by foster and adoptive parents is inadequate for dealing with traumatized children, and as a result, these children are sometimes asked to leave their foster home due to their clinical or behavioral issues. Because foster and adoptive parents in Texas receive little to no help in the form of family therapy or other clinical interventions, I decided to create a psycho-educational training intervention for these parents based on the core tenets of Mentalization-Based Family Therapy. This intervention is designed to not only educate them on trauma, attachment and reflective parenting/mentalization, but I am hoping it increases their ability to mentalize with their children and that this in turn improves their relationship, lowers their stress and leads to less child behavior problems.
Supervisors: Prof. Peter Fonagy; Dr. Patrick Luyten
Name: Manuel Batsch
Thesis title: The Hallucinatory Mode of Thinking in Freud’s First Metapsychology
Thesis abstract: My work is part of a very broad epistemological field that tries to understand the kind of knowledge generated by Freud’s practice of psychoanalysis. I question those links between theories and practice at a formal level, which means that my object of study remains the Freudian text. My research is structured on three points:
1/ I research how some psychological phenomena resist Freud’s verbal description? My hypothesis is that those phenomena revolve around hallucinatory modes of thinking.
2/ I research how Freud created a form of writing to overcome those resistances? My hypothesis is that Freud’s metapsychology is also a metapsychological writing: a formal attempt to describe the hallucinatory mode of thinking.
3/ I research the function of Freud’s metapsychology in the psychoanalytical practice? My intuition is that Freud’s metapsychology was necessary to develop the idea of a construction in the cure.
Supervisors: Prof. Juliet Mitchell; Dr. Liz Allison
Name: Michael Berry
Thesis title: Towards a Psychodynamically-informed Model for the Biopsychosocial Treatment of Male Sexual Dysfunction.
Thesis abstract: It is widely believed that psychotherapeutic sex therapy has become increasingly divorced from psychoanalysis in recent years. This may be a mutual separation, insofar as psychoanalysis’ attention to sexuality in general, and sexual dysfunction in particular, appears to have diminished considerably in recent years, and the field of sex therapy proper has shifted towards cognitive behavioural and biomedical models.
My research holds that psychoanalytic and psychodynamic therapy techniques, though largely absent from theoretical and clinical sex therapy literature, may be vital in the treatment of men’s sexual dysfunction. The specific hypothesis of this research project is: despite the ostensive disconnection between psychoanalysis and sex therapy, psychoanalytic methods may be used frequently in clinical sex therapy (though sex therapists often may not define their clinical techniques as psychoanalytic per se). Additionally, this research postulates that psychoanalytic methods can be effectively integrated with other psychotherapeutic techniques and proven biomedical therapies in the optimized biopsychosocial treatment of men’s sexual dysfunction.
This research aims to increase our understanding of how psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy can best be operationalized in the multi-modal, biopsychosocial treatment of male sexual dysfunction (SD). The research project addresses two fundamental questions: first, do psychologists and sex therapists regularly use psychoanalytic and psychodynamic therapy techniques in treating men’s sexual dysfunctions? Second, how are psychoanalytic and psychodynamic techniques best integrated into the treatment of men’s sexual dysfunctions?
Methodologically, this project uses two main tools: (1) a questionnaire survey of psychotherapists who treat men’s sexual dysfunctions, and (2) interviews with practitioners (from a range of methodological paradigms) in the sex therapy field. The significance of this project for psychoanalysis consists in the (re-)introduction of psychoanalytic methodologies in the wider arena of sexual therapy, and the establishment of an empirical research foundation for the utility of psychoanalytic methods in treating male sexual dysfunction.
Supervisors: Prof. Peter Fonagy; Dr. Patrick Luyten
Name: Ana Calderon
Thesis title: Development and validation of the Adolescent Psychotherapy Q-set (APQ)
Thesis abstract: The Adolescent Psychotherapy Q-set (APQ) provides a basic language for the description and comparison of the psychotherapy process in young person’s treatments. The APQ is a Q-set composed of 100 items divided in three types: (1) items describing young person’s emotional states, attitude, and behaviour; (2) items reflecting the therapist actions and attitudes; (3) items attempting to capture the nature of the interaction of the dyad. It is intended to be neutral with respect to any particular theory of psychotherapy (i.e. phanteoretical), and should permit the portrayal of a wide range of events, interventions, and processes in the psychotherapy process.
Supervisors: Prof. Mary Target; Dr. Nick Midgley
Name: Jonathan Isserow (PT)
Thesis title: Dreaming on the Surface of the Skin: Towards a Psychoanalytic Visual Research Methodology in Documentary Film
Research Interests: Psychoanalysis, documentary film, film studies, visual culture, psychoanalytic infant observation
Brief Biography: Jonathan Isserow competed a Fine Art degree prior to training as an art psychotherapist. He has worked extensively as a clinician in Child and Family psychiatry in the NHS. He completed an MA in Psychoanalytic Observation at the Tavistock clinic before embarking on his research degree. He currently convenes the MA Art Psychotherapy training at the University of Roehampton
Thesis abstract: My practice based research investigates the possibility of developing a psychoanalytic visual research methodology in documentary film. It does so through developing theoretical and filmic links between the two disciplines – that being psychoanalysis and documentary film. I critically analyze the seminal documentary practice of James and Joyce Roberston, elucidating and contextualising their approach as visual researchers. I use this analysis to inform the development of my own film making practice that paradoxically attempts to visually explore the unconscious and the interior through representations of the ordinary, external and surface.
Supervisors: Prof. Stephen Hart (Documentary Film); Dr Lesley Caldwell (Psychoanalysis Unit)
Name: Daniel Stolfi
Thesis title: Working Title - Refracted Truths: Mediating Constructions of Identity through the Illness and Healing Experience of Homeless Native American Men along the Wasatch Front, Utah.
Research Interests: General areas of interest include spirituality, creativity and healing as performative and symbolic embodiment of social and cultural value and how this informs our understanding of social medicine across cultures, particularly from the perspective of masculine ideologies, masculine marginalization, and male resistance to help-seeking. Specific areas of interest include the illness and healing experience of Great Basin Native Americans, with an emphasis on Native American men in urban settings; adult male homelessness as an autonomous and non-representational spatial practice; and Mormonism as cultural production.
2010 - MSc Medical Anthropology, University College London;
2008 - MA Drama therapy, University of Plymouth; 1982 – BA Honours, University of South Africa
1979 – BA, University of Witwatersrand.
Supervisors: Prof. David Napier (Anthropology); Prof. Juliet Mitchell (Psychoanalysis Unit)
Name: Pia Tohme
Supervisors: Prof. Mary Target; Dr. Yael Shmueli-Goetz
Thesis title: Mentalizing Adolescence: Reflective Functioning Capacities in Parents of Identical Twins and its Relationship to Adolescent Attachment
Thesis abstract: The current study aims at assessing the impact of parental mentalization, both mothers' and fathers', in promoting a secure attachment in their relationships with their adolescents. The sample will consist of a 100 pairs of UK identical twin sample, therefore ruling out the effects of genes, and particularly looking at the effects of environmental influences on the relationship between parental reflective functioning skills and adolescent attachment. This research will extend previous findings by Fonagy et al. (1991) and Arnott and Meins (2007) by not only looking at the impact of maternal mentalization, but also focusing on paternal reflective functioning on attachment patterns in adolescence, which has not been studied elsewhere, thus offering some insight into the potentially unique contribution of paternal mentalization on the adolescent psychosocial adjustment.
Name: Patricia Townsend (PT)
My PhD project is to investigate the process of making visual art from a psychoanalytic viewpoint. I am interested in the ways in which new artworks come into being, the trajectory of their development, the states of mind the artist moves through along this trajectory and the physical spaces that help or hinder the process. I draw on the ideas of a range of psychoanalytic writers focusing, in particular, on the writings of D.W. Winnicott, Marion Milner, Christopher Bollas and Kenneth Wright.
Supervisors: Dr Sharon Morris (Slade), Dr Lesley Caldwell (Psychoanalysis Unit)
Name: Cathy Troupp (PT)
Thesis title: Does Meaning Matter in the Recovery from Anorexia Nervosa?
Brief Biography: Cathy is a psychoanalytic child and adolescent psychotherapist, trained at the Tavistock Clinic. She has substantial experience working with children and young people with eating disorders, as well as a particular interest in psychotherapy research, outcome evaluation, and research-practice interaction. She works both at Great Ormond Street Hospital and in the Mentalization-Based Treatment for Families (MBT-F) team at the Anna Freud Centre.
Thesis abstract: A mixed methods study of the experience and meaning of illness for children and young people diagnosed with anorexia nervosa and other restrictive eating disorders, and their parents.
The study has a longitudinal design, with children with anorexia nervosa (AN) and their parents being recruited from Great Ormond Street Hospital Department for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and interviewed three times over a two-year time period. Time 1 interviews are currently underway. Interviews will be analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) and Reflective Functioning (RF). This is most likely the first time that RF has been applied to narratives on children with ED and their parents. Further, the study will bring together these methods of analysis with a psychoanalytic conceptual framework. Particular attention will be given to changes in research participants’ meanings over time, and comparisons between parents’ and children’s accounts. The project has National Research Ethics Committee (NREC) approval.
The study is intended to yield both a qualitative and quantitative contribution to the question of how parents and children themselves understand the meaning of the eating disorder, and what factors may promote change in the treatment of young people with anorexia nervosa (AN). In particular, the study addresses the question of whether the acquisition of insight, and the development of personal narratives that imbue the condition with meaning, are important in the process of recovery.
The research is undertaken in the context of the trend within eating disorders treatment towards family-based, behaviourally oriented treatments for young people, where parents ‘take charge’ of their child’s eating but where exploring the meanings attached to the eating disorder, and understanding of its potential communicative intent, is usually not part of the treatment focus.
Supervisors: Prof. Mary Target (UCL Psychoanalysis Unit); Dr Dasha Nicholls (GOSH/Institute of Child Health)
Name: Kalina Yordanova
Thesis title: Transmission of Traumatic Experiences in the Families of War Survivors
2006-2007 MA in Central and South East European Studies, University College London;
1997-2002 MA in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Sofia University ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’, Bulgaria.
Thesis abstract: My research explores the inter-generational transmission of war experiences in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In order to investigate this, I use semi-structured interviews, family trees and children’s drawings. My research is trying to describe how parents hand down their traumatic experience to their children and what their children’s response is. On the basis of the collected data, I argue that parents’ desire to avoid the topic of the war derives from the ambiguity of their experiences in war. Second, war narratives are gender-dependent: women’s stories of the war are related to preserving life while their husbands’ narratives are about destruction. Consequently, women are more comfortable with sharing their experiences with children than men. Third, the war is often felt by former soldiers to have been thrilling and more ‘colourful’ than the everyday life after it. As a result, they do not fully invest themselves in their families but in the regular meetings with other former combatants where they relive their experience by telling war jokes, going to the places where they served the army or remembering the ones who died in the war. Men’s participation in the war feeds into their wives’ and children’s suspicion of men’s debatable morality in war. Men have not only failed to sustain order and peace, but have actually destroyed the latter by having engaged in violence. Their emotional withdrawal from the family and their failure to sustain law and order represent a collapse of the paternal function in the aftermath of the war.
Supervisors: Mr. Ger Duijzings (SSEES) and Mr. Lionel Bailly (UCL Psychoanalysis Unit)
Name: You Zhou
Thesis title: Adolescent Twin’s Mental Representations of Self and Other in Relation with Zygosity, Attachment Patterns, and Psychological Disturbances.
Research Interests: Attachment, Object Relations and Psychopathology in a developmental framework. I'm also becoming interested in the impact of early object relations in arts and creative process.
2006-2009 BSC Social Psychology, Loughborough University; 2009-2010 MSc Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology, Anna Freud Centre/UCL; 2010- MPhil/PhD Psychoanalytic Studies.
Thesis abstract: My PhD project is a genetic-behavioural study to examine different levels of object representations in relation with different attachment patterns and psychopathology in adolescence. I am using about 150 pairs of monozygotic and dizygotic adolescent twins (aged 14-15 years old) as my sample, which is a partial sample selected using randomized sampling strategy from a two year collative study TEDS project (Twin Early Development Study) between UCL and SGDP of KCL. A specific coding manual was adapted from a well-established coding system Differentiation-Ralatedness Scale to examine individual's levels of object representations. Five trained coders and I are coding each twin's representations of self, their parents and the other twin based on their interview narratives. These coded data will be linked with twin's attachment pattern and psychopathology from an existing database.
For adolescent twins, there is added difficulty to complete their separation-individuation developmental task during the adolescent period, so I am hoping to address following questions in my PhD study:
1) Whether there is a role of genetic impact on object representations despite of sparse literature;
2) Whether twin's secure attachment with his or her parents provide a better foundation for adolescent twin to establish an individuated and differentiated identity from the other twin.
3) How the levels of object representations might be able to work as an underlying mechanism to understand the link between attachment patterns and psychopathology.
Supervisors: Prof. Peter Fonagy; Prof. Pasco Fearon
Name: Katy Cook
Thesis Title: Manifestations of Lacanian Psychoanalysis in the fiction of Jean Rhys
Brief Biography: Following an MA in Analytical Psychology and an MA in Modern English Literature, Katy began doctoral research at UCL under the supervision of Gregory Dart and Lionel Bailly. Her research aims to blend the fields of her previous graduate studies in an interdisciplinary pursuit that addresses the commonalities (as well as the difficulties) that exist within the intersection of Literature and Psychoanalysis.
Thesis abstract: The specific aim of this research is to psychoanalytically explore the fiction of Jean Rhys’s novels in light of the psychological processes that mirror the development of Rhys’s oeuvre. Psychoanalytic criticism, particularly that which utilizes the work of Jacques Lacan, will offer a potentially valuable and largely unexplored way of reading and appreciating Rhys’s work, specifically in regard to the progression of her five novels. Some notable themes that connect the literature and psychological texts in question will include the subjects of desire, loss, and Otherness.
Supervisors: Prof. Juliet Mitchell; Dr Lionel Bailly
Name: Ya-Wen Lee
Thesis title: Multi-dimensions of the Reflective Functioning Questionnaire
Research Interests: Reflective functioning (mentalization), depression, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
Brief Biography: I'm a counseling psychologist from Taiwan, practicing psychoanalytic approach psychotherapy. I am interested in mentalization theory, depression, and neuroscience. I am also keen on getting the psychoanalytic training here in London. My PhD research is about trying to find the markers of Reflective Functioning change in psychotherapy and to come up with an alternative way of measuring RF. It would be part of REDIT (Randomised Evaluation Study of Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy).
Thesis abstract: The aim of my thesis targets at better understanding of the internal structure of the RFQ54 and its improvement. Results will be used to further refine the questionnaire. The second part of my thesis will focus on the potential applications of the revised RFQ54, such as shortening the questionnaire without compromising its validity and applying the RFQ in longitudinal studies to discern the trajectory change of RF in psychotherapy.
Supervisors: Prof. Peter Fonagy; Dr Patrick Luyten
Name: Nicolas Lorenzini
Thesis title: Mothers’ implicit attitudes towards parenting: Relationships to parenting quality and offspring’s attachment style
Brief Biography: Chilean clinical psychologist. Trained as a Lacanian psychoanalyst. I have completed the MSc in Theoretical Psychoanalytic Studies at this Unit and I am currently a 2nd year PhD Student.
Thesis abstract: My PhD thesis is framed within the Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) trial. DIT is a 16-session psychodynamic psychotherapy for depression and anxiety. The on-going trial aims at establishing this therapy within the NICE guidelines for depression, therefore it will be offered for free to NHS users as part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies initiative. My work within this trial will be developing a model for the trajectory of change during therapy and at follow-up. As a secondary goal I plan to measure implicit-self-esteem pre and post-therapy. My interest has always been the utilisation of psychoanalysis in public health contexts, where time and resources are scarce. I have become interested in bringing together the richness of psychoanalytic thinking and empirical methodology. I think such communion is the only way to be able to offer public health user a cure which takes into account the subject and the unconscious.
Supervisors: Prof. Peter Fonagy; Dr Patrick Luyten
Name: Dee McQuillan
Research Interests: Freud's ideas generally, the establishment of psychoanalysis in London and the work of one psychoanalyst, James Strachey, particularly; also, letters as primary sources.
Thesis title: A Study of James Strachey's Working Life
Brief Biography: I am a mature student with an editorial background. My first degree was history, some time ago in both senses. I am a voluntary mental health worker, have an MSc in Theoretical Psychoanalytic Studies from UCL and am in the third year of PhD study at the Unit researching James Strachey's working life.
Thesis abstract: I am using historical and biographical research methods to recover information about Strachey's past and generate ideas and questions. James Strachey (1887-1967) worked as a psychoanalyst in Gordon Square during the 1920s and 30s then took charge of what was to become The Standard Edition from 1948. He left thousands of letters and documents, indeed he was rather a hoarder of paperwork; most of his papers are in the British Library but I have been able to find additional primary material.
Supervisors: Prof. Sonu Shamdasani; Prof. Juliet Mitchell
Name: Leonardo Niro Nascimento (PT)
Thesis title: Predictive Egos: From Helmholtz to Freud and the Bayesian Brain
Research Interests: Psychoanalysis, neuroscience, philosophy of mind, history of psychology
MA in Psychoanalytic Studies at University of Essex
Psychology at PUC-SP (Brazil)
The free-energy principle, developed by Karl Friston and team, is an integrative model of the brain that builds on hierarchical Bayesian models of neural processing. According to it, the brain works by extracting statistical data from the environment and using it to construct probabilistic models with which it predicts future input. Free-energy is a measure of the prediction-error, i.e., of the difference between the prediction and the input, and is ultimately also a measure of entropy, so that biological agents must constantly minimize free-energy – either by changing the models or by changing reality so that it fits the model – in order to maintain low entropy. This represents a deeply embodied and situated view of the brain, for in it each agent is taken as ‘a statistical model of its environmental niche’ (Friston, 2011: 89), so that each biological agent represents a “map” of its environment. Some authors, including Friston (Carhardt-Harris and Friston, 2010; Hopkins, 2012; Solms and Panksepp, 2012), have already started to note some general similarities between the free-energy model and Freud’s economic model of the mind. The economic model, first developed by Freud in Studies on Hysteria (Freud & Breuer, 1893-5), says that each impression or input to the brain generates an increase in what he called “the sum of excitation”, and that the main task of the brain would be to minimize this quantity. In the paper on Freud, Friston and Carhardt-Harris state that ‘the process of minimizing ‘the sums of excitation’ is exactly the same as minimizing the sum of squared prediction-error or free-energy in Helmholtzian schemes’ (Carhardt-Harris and Friston, 2010: 1270). In my presentation I intend to explore this and other similarities, as well as to propose some consequences of this model which were explored by Freud but not yet by others. However, the main goal of my work is to show that those similitudes are not coincidental, and that they can be traced back to a tradition which ultimately starts with Kant, and is further developed by Joh. Mueller, Helmholtz, Fechner, Bruecke and Freud, according to which “we see our concepts”. This perspective was largely abandoned in academic psychology along the XX century – apart from psychoanalysis – having only recently returned.
Supervisors: Dr Patrick Luyten; Prof. Jim Hopkins
Name: Neil Austin (PT)
Research Interests: Current research interests include measuring children's capacity for reflective functioning and being able to make use of outpatient psychological therapies following therapeutic milieu inpatient treatment.
Thesis title: tbc
Brief Biography: Neil Austin is a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist. He has worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital since 2009 and works in the Mildred Creak children's inpatient psychiatric unit where he is responsible for overseeing the individual psychotherapy interventions.
Specialisms: These include psychodynamic psychotherapy treatment of complex post-traumatic stress disorder, emerging personality disorders and mentalisation based approaches with children and adolescents. He has extensive clinical experience of multi-disciplinary teamwork within inpatient settings, working with children and adolescents who present with complex and severe mental health difficulties.
Qualifications and training: BA (Hons), MA, M Psych Psych, MACP; Neil Austin first trained in adult psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Arbours Association in London. He subsequently trained as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, also in London. He is a Member of the Association of Child Psychotherapists.
Thesis abstract: tbc
Supervisors: Dr Patrick Luyten; Dr Jill Hodges
Name: Chia-Chi Chow
Thesis title: Working title: Mentalizing Capacity in Adolescents
Research Interests: My research interests lie in psychological resilience and factors related to its development as well as human creativity. Right now I am focus on the relationship between attachment, mentalization and personality development. I am also keen to explore different family dynamics in eastern and western culture.
Brief Biography: I am a clinical psychologist in Taiwan. Before coming to London last year, I worked with children and adolescents with emotional disturbances in medical centers and psychiatric clinics. With psychoanalysis theories, I’ve got better understandings of family dynamics and the human psyche. During my PhD study, I would like to explore the influences of external environment and inherent genetic factors on mentalizing capacity or empathy in adolescents.
Thesis abstract: The research would explore the influences of important factors in the development of mentalizing capacity or empathy in adolescence including interaction quality between children and parents, aggression types and neurobiological correlates.
Supervisors: Prof. Pasco Fearon; Dr Yael Shmueli- Goetz
Name: Jonathan Davidoff
Thesis title: tbc
Research Interests: My research interests are around the Lacanian theory of psychosis, its clinical implications and its possible junctions with the arts and literature in particular. I am interested as well in post-Lacanian French psychoanalysis as well as in the British School of psychoanalysis. I am interested in Post-Structuralist philosophy as well as in some metaphysical authors such as Gerschom Scholem, Franz Rosenzweig and Emil Fackenheim. I am one of the coordinators of a series of conferences entitled "Psychoanalysis and Politics”, which is part of the Nordic Summer University and organise two symposia a year around different topics related to psychoanalysis, psychology, politics, philosophy, sociology, history and aesthetics.
Brief Biography: Studied a BA in Psychology in Mexico (of which a year studied in Buenos Aires). Studied an MA in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis in Essex University and wrote my dissertation on Lacanian theory, Post-Structuralist Philosophy and Postcolonial Literature. Studied an MA at the Tavistock Centre in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
Thesis abstract: tbc
Supervisors: Dr Patrick Luyten; Dr Lionel Bailly; Dr Liz Allison
Name: Arthur Eaton
Thesis abstract: My provisional research project for the PhD is centered around Freud’s definition of the instinct in Instincts and their Vicissitudes.
Thesis title: tbc
Brief Biography: Before coming to London for the MSc in Theoretical Psychoanalytic Studies, I studied philosophy at the University of Amsterdam, specializing in Marxism and Lacan.
Supervisors: Prof. Sonu Shamdasani; Dr Renee Danziger
Name: Udita Iyengar (PT)
Thesis abstract: tbc
Thesis title: tbc
Brief Biography: My background is in Neuroscience, where I have a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College in USA, and a Master of Science degree in psychodynamic developmental neuroscience from UCL and Yale University. My M.Sc. integrated psychoanalytic theory with neuroscience, and brought me to my current research interests. I am a first year overseas PhD student, conducting my research at the Attachment & Neurodevelopment Laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Professor Peter Fonagy and Dr. Lane Strathearn are my supervisors. I am currently investigating attachment styles and brain response of mothers with a history of substance abuse. I am interested in understanding the neuroscience of addiction and brain reward activation, as well as exploring parenting behaviors from attachment and psychoanalytic perspectives.
Supervisors: Prof. Peter Fonagy (UCL Psychoanalysis Unit); Dr Lane Strathearn (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX)
Name: Charis Kontou
Thesis title: tbc
Brief Biography: I studied psychology in Athens and worked as a clinical psychologist in some psychiatric hospitals. I attended the MSc in Theoretical Psychoanalytic Studies in UCL and the Foundation Course in the British Psychoanalytic Society. It is worth to mention that these courses boosted my interest in the psychoanalytic research and particularly in the investigation of some fundamental developmental stages towards the construction of the subject.
Thesis abstract: In this PhD project I will mainly trace the origins of separation, the subsequent melancholia and its effects on the subject, by studying the myth of Persephone.
Supervisors: Prof. Sonu Shamdasani; Prof. Juliet Mitchell; Dr Lionel Bailly
Name: David Lucas (PT)
Thesis title: Magical Thinking and Anxiety Disorder (working title).
Research Interests: Attachment theory, object relations, sense of agency, cognitive and computational neuroscience.
Brief Biography: Freelance writer/editor and part-time PhD student. Studied Biology at Imperial College and has an MSc in
Theoretical Psychoanalytic Studies from UCL.
Thesis abstract: An interdisciplinary, conceptual study of magical thinking as it relates to obsessive-compulsive and anxiety disorders.
Supervisors: Dr Patrick Luyten; Dr Liz Allison
Name: Emily Stapley
Thesis title: Improving Mood with Psychoanalytic and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy: My Experience (IMPACT-ME) – the experiences of parents.
Research Interests: My research interests lie in trying to understand the processes or mechanisms behind developing and overcoming depression, in order to inform treatment and preventive interventions for this disorder.
Brief Biography: I graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology from Lancaster University in 2009. Two years later, I completed an MSc degree in Research Methods in Psychology at UCL. The focus of my Masters dissertation was on the mental health and functioning of adults with parents with depression. I have also worked as a Research Assistant on three large projects: the Meningococcal Outcomes Study in Adolescents and In Children (MOSAIC), a randomised controlled trial of the Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Programme (HELP) for adolescents with obesity and their families, and the CAMHS Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC).
Thesis abstract: tbc
Supervisors: Prof. Mary Target; Dr Nick Midgley