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Adele Holder


Research Assistant

I am a Research Assistant in the O-CAP team working mainly on the THRIVE and GameChange trials. 

THRIVE is a randomised controlled trial, assessing whether virtual reality can help people with persecutory delusions feel safer. GameChange is a randomised controlled trial aimed to transform the lives of patients with psychosis, by providing psychological therapies through immersive virtual reality to help ease anxiety. This project involves collaborations with the Royal College of Arts, the McPin Foundation, NIHR, MindTech, OxfordVR, and multiple universities across the UK. These are both multi-site trials across Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Northamptonshire NHS trusts.

I have previously worked as a research assistant in the psychopharmacology group under the supervision of Professor Philip Cowen. The research focus was on exploring the efficacy of a lithium mimetic, ebselen, in the treatment of hypo/mania in people with bipolar affective disorder.

I completed my Undergraduate degree in Psychology with Professional placement at Cardiff University and graduated in 2016. I have also worked as a clinician in an eating disorders service for 1.5 years prior to this post.