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Louise Isham

MA MSc DClinPsy

Research Clinical Psychologist & NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow

I am currently undertaking a 5-year program of research to develop the psychological understanding and treatment of harmful grandiose delusions. I am also a trial therapist on the Feeling Safe Study, a clinical trial investigating a novel psychological intervention for persecutory beliefs. Prior to this I was a trial therapist on The Sleep Study - a pilot randomised controlled trial of a sleep intervention designed specifically for psychiatric inpatients.The intervention included CBT for sleep problems and bright light therapy.

In addition to my role within O-CAP I also work as a consultant clinical psychologist for the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, which provides specialist CBT training and supervision. My area of particular interest is CBT for psychosis and I am the course lead for the OCTC PGCert in Enhanced CBT: Psychosis and Bipolar. I am an HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist and BABCP accredited CBT practitioner.

Oxford Cognitive Approaches to Psychosis

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).