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Jessica Bird

BSc(Hons), DClinPsy

Research Clinical Psychologist & NIHR Research Fellow

  • The Feeling Safe Study

My research aims to improve the assessment, understanding, and treatment of specific psychotic experiences - with a particular focus on paranoia - in adolescence. This involves developing better assessment tools, talking to young people about their experiences, and identifying the key mechanisms driving psychotic experiences at this age. The aim is to use this knowledge to develop more effective interventions to help young people feel safer, happier, and do more of what is important to them.

I also work as a trial therapist on the Feeling Safe study, a randomised controlled trial of a novel psychological treatment for persecutory delusions, and gameChange, a project aiming to transform services for patients with psychosis by providing psychological therapies using immersive virtual reality. 

I am an HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist and completed my doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford in 2016.

We investigate why people experience hallucinations and delusions, and use that knowledge to develop truly effective treatments for these problems. The Oxford Cognitive Approaches to Psychosis (O-CAP) research group, set up in 2011 by Prof Daniel Freeman, is one of the largest clinical psychology research teams in the world. Notable achievements include the development of a new, powerful psychological treatment for persecutory delusions (the Feeling Safe Programme) and the pioneering of automated psychological treatment delivered in virtual reality (VR).

Oxford Cognitive Approaches to Psychosis 


Current: DPhil in Psychiatry, Magdalen College, University of Oxford (Expected 2020)

2016 Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford 

2010 BSc (1st Hons) Psychology, University of York 

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