I am a Research Assistant and Trial Therapist in the Oxford Cognitive Approaches to Psychosis (O-CAP) team, primarily working on two exciting randomised controlled trials; gameChange and THRIVE. Both trials aim to transform the lives of patients with psychosis through the use of virtual reality therapies.
THRIVE aims to test the effectiveness of a novel virtual reality intervention for people with psychosis who find it difficult to go outside due to fears of harm from others.
The gameChange project is a large multi-site RCT testing virtual reality therapy to help people with psychosis feel safer and more confident when out and about in everyday social situations. It is funded by an NIHR Invention for Innovation award and involves collaborations with the Royal College of Arts, the McPin Foundation, NIHR MindTech, Oxford VR and multiple NHS trusts and Universities across the UK.
My main roles include recruiting patients into the two studies from multiple NHS trusts, and delivering the virtual reality therapies.
I began working for the O-CAP team in 2017 as a research assistant working on the Feeling Safe Study, a randomised controlled trial of a novel translational psychological treatment for persecutory delusions.
I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at Cardiff University.
The psychological treatment of persistent persecutory delusions: an explanatory randomized controlled trial comparing a new theoretically-driven psychological treatment (Feeling Safe Programme) to befriending
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Coronavirus conspiracy beliefs, mistrust, and compliance with government guidelines in England.
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