MA(Oxon), MSc, DClinPsych
Wellcome Trust Clinical Doctoral Fellow & Honorary Clinical Psychologist
The aim of my current program of research is to develop the psychological understanding and treatment of dissociative experiences in non-affective psychosis. This is a 3-year Wellcome Trust Clinical Doctoral Fellowship following on from my clinical training doctorate at the Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training, where my dissertation also focused on dissociation.
To complement my research, I work one day per week in the Oxford Early Intervention service, specialising in dissociative experiences in first-episode psychosis.
I have a long-standing interest in working with people with psychosis, having previously worked in the O-CAP team as a research assistant on several studies, and more recently as a trial therapist on clinical trials including Feeling Safe and SlowMo.
I also have an interest in the clinical and theoretical overlap between psychosis, trauma, and dissociation, and previously worked in a specialist child and adolescent trauma service. Reflecting the overlap between dissociation and trauma, my research is supervised both by Professor Daniel Freeman (O-CAP) and by Professor Anke Ehlers (OxCADAT).
I am an HCPC registered clinical psychologist.
Describing the indescribable: A qualitative study of dissociative experiences in psychosis
CERNIS E. et al, (2020), PLoS One
What is the relationship between dissociation and self-harming behaviour in adolescents?
Černis E. et al, (2019), Clin Psychol Psychother, 26, 328 - 338
Developing a new measure of dissociation: The Dissociative Experiences Measure, Oxford (DEMO).
Černis E. et al, (2018), Psychiatry Res, 269, 229 - 236
Worry processes in patients with persecutory delusions.
Startup H. et al, (2016), Br J Clin Psychol, 55, 387 - 400
Targeting Recovery in Persistent Persecutory Delusions: A Proof of Principle Study of a New Translational Psychological Treatment (the Feeling Safe Programme).
Freeman D. et al, (2016), Behav Cogn Psychother, 44, 539 - 552