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Cassie M Hazell

Cassie M Hazell

Cassie M Hazell

BSc MSc PhD


Postdoctoral Project Coordinator

  • Postdoctoral Project Coordinator in O-CAP
  • Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sussex
  • Co-Founder of the Early Career Hallucinations Research group (ECHR)
  • Twitter: @DrCMHazell

I completed my undergraduate degree (BSc Psychology), and masters (MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology and Mental Health) at the University of Sussex. 

I have worked in mental health inpatient services, and as a research assistant on several mental health-related trials - including the Mindfulness for Voices (M4V) trial, Relating to Voices (R2V) trial, and Anxiety Symptom Prevention Intervention (ASPI) trial. I have also been a part of the Hearing Voices Network, helping to run the Hearing Voices Brighton peer support group.

I remained at Sussex to complete my PhD under the supervision of Dr Clara Strauss, Dr Mark Hayward, and Dr Kate Cavanagh. My research interests centre around increasing access to psychological therapies for people experiencing psychosis.Within my PhD I developed a guided self-help Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) intervention targeting distressing voices (also known as verbal auditory hallucinations). The final study within my PhD was a pilot randomised controlled trial of this intervention.

Since my PhD, I have worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Some of the projects I am involved in include: the C4C trial - investigating the efficacy of a self-directed writing therapy for older adult carers of people with psychosis; the ENHANcE study - improving awareness of mental health amongst emergency first responders; and the U-DOC project - understanding and improving the mental health of UK PhD students. 


I moved to Oxford University in May 2018 as the Postdoctoral Project Coordinator for the i4i mental health challenge project, led by Professor Daniel Freeman and Dr Felicity Waite. The aim of this project is to develop, test, and implement an automated Virtual Reality Therapy for people with psychosis. 

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