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Emily Holmes

PhD DClinPsych

Visiting Professor in Clinical Psychology

  • Programme Leader; MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences, Cambridge

Professor Emily A. Holmes is currently a Visiting Professor in Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford and worked here between 2005-2012. She is now Programme Leader at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge.  She is also a Wellcome Trust Clinical Fellow and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist.

Emily is a Clinical Psychologist with a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience. Her overarching research interest is investigating mental imagery and emotion in psychopathology for cognitive therapies. She set up the Experimental Psychopathology and Cognitive Therapies Research Group (EPaCT) initially with support from the Royal Society, ESRC, MRC and John Fell OUP Research Fund. The EPaCT team aim to use experimental psychology techniques to increase our understanding of the mechanisms underlying psychological disorders. Cognitive psychology is a rapidly developing science with rigorous techniques to investigate mental processes. Our projects aim to test recent theory, which will in turn deliver information to drive future cognitive therapies (e.g. "CBT") innovations informed by basic science.

Our current research focuses on understanding the role of mental imagery and emotion, particularly in relation to for anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. Current projects include (i) investigation of intrusive memories (which tend to be image based); and (ii) developing computerised technologies for cognitive bias modification.


2012-onward: Visiting Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford, Dept. of Psychiatry.

2012-onward: Programme Leader, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge.

2010: Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford, Dept. of Psychiatry.

2010-2014: Wellcome Trust Intermediate Clinical Fellow.

2005-2010: Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow. University of Oxford, Dept. of Psychiatry.

2002-2005: PhD Cognitive Neuroscience, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge.

2000-2005: Clinical Psychologist, The Traumatic Stress Clinic, London.

1997-2000: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London.

1995-1997: Research Associate, The Lighthouse Int., New York, USA.

1994-1995: MA Social Sciences, Institute of Psychology, Uppsala University, Sweden; and Research Assistant.

1989-1993: BA Hons (Oxon), Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford.

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