Anxiety Group

Members of Staff

Cathy Creswell

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I am an NIHR Research Professor based at the University of Reading and an Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. My research focuses primarily on the development and maintenance of anxiety disorders in children and young people, improving access to evidence based interventions and improving treatment outcomes for this group.
http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Cathy_Creswell

 

Polly Waite
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Email: p.l.waite@reading.ac.uk
I am a Clinical Lecturer and MRC Clinical Research Training Fellow in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading, and my research focuses specifically on anxiety disorders in adolescence. I am also a Clinical Psychologist and therefore much of my interest is in improving our understanding of anxiety disorders in teenagers in order to guide our development of more effective psychological treatments.
http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Polly_Waite
https://twitter.com/pollywaite

 

Helen Dodd
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Email: h.f.dodd@reading.ac.uk
I am a lecturer in Psychology at the University of Reading. My research examines the development of anxiety disorders in children. I am particularly interested in examining cognitive processes associated with anxiety, for example, what children pay attention to and how they respond to uncertainty and ambiguity, and how these processes affect risk for anxiety. My research also considers the role of child temperament and the family environment and the way in which these factors work together to affect children’s risk for anxiety.
http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Helen_Dodd2

Brynjar Halldorsson

Email: b.halldorsson@reading.ac.uk
I am a Clinical Postdoctoral Research Fellow and a Clinical PsBrynjar_AnDYychologist, working with Professor Cathy Creswell in the University of Reading. My research interests include anxiety disorders in children and adolescents as well as Cognitive and Behavioural approaches to understanding and treating emotional problems. My current research is focused on investigating social anxiety disorder in children. The work aims to examine how this common emotional problem functions and is maintained in this population. It is our hope that this work will inform how we currently treat children who suffer from social anxiety.

Claire Hill
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Email: claire.hill@reading.ac.uk
I am a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading.  My research focuses on childhood anxiety disorders and I am particularly interested in the development of more accessible psychological therapy such as online and app-based treatments.  I am also looking at the role that parents have in managing child anxiety and how we can best involve parents in treatment for childhood anxiety disorders to improve treatment outcomes.

Sarah Harrison
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I am an assistant psychologist working within Berkshire CAMHS. I am seconded from this post to the AnDY research unit part time, to help set up a new and exciting PPI group with Prof. Cathy Creswell. PPI is the involvement of patients and public within research and this is an area I am keen to see developed.  We are establishing groups for both parents and young people to work alongside the researchers on their projects.

Frankie Glover

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Email: f.glover@reading.ac.uk

I am a Clinical Research Assistant in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading. My role in the clinic is to support and conduct assessments with young people and their families to determine the presence or absence of anxiety and/or depression and to invite them to take part in research at the University.

 

Rachel Evans RE

Email: r.evans2@reading.ac.uk

I am a Research Assistant in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading. I am currently working with Tessa Reardon on a large scale project investigating influences on accessibility of treatment for child anxiety disorders. Within the AnDY clinic, my role also involves conducting diagnostic assessments for anxiety and depression in young people and delivering low-intensity treatment for anxiety in teenagers.
PhD Students

Suzannah Ravenscroft
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Email: s.f.ravenscroft@pgr.reading.ac.uk
I am a PhD student working with Helen Dodd and Shirley Reynolds at the University of Reading. My PhD project focuses on the relationship between certain cognitive processes (where attention is given and how ambiguity is interpreted) and anxiety in children. I am particularly interested in the role of development within this relationship. I am aiming to develop new ways of measuring these cognitive processes in children using objective methods such as eye-tracking and measuring facial muscle movements.

Vici Williamson

Email: v.williamson@pgr.reading.ac.uk
I am a PhD student working with Dr Cathy Creswell at the University of Reading and Dr Sarah Halligan at the University of Bath. My research is primarily qualitative and investigates Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in children. I am particularly interested in exploring parents’ experiences of caring for their child following child trauma, the impact of the trauma on the family, and the ways in which parents support their children post-trauma.

 

Nihan Osmanagaoglu
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Email: n.osmanagaoglu@pgr.reading.ac.uk
I am a PhD student, working with Helen Dodd & Cathy Creswell, in the University of Reading. My research aim is to investigate the association between intolerance of uncertainty (IU) and anxiety in children. I am particularly interested in identification of stages in the processing uncertain information and examine how intolerance of uncertainty as an individual difference factor plays a role in the context of anxiety regarding heightened reactivity to uncertainty, inflated anticipation of threat under uncertain circumstances, and sparse behavioral reactions towards uncertainty.

 

Tessa Reardon

trEmail: t.c.reardon@pgr.reading.ac.uk
I am a PhD student working with Professor Cathy Creswell.  The aim of my work is to identify barriers to children with anxiety disorders accessing evidence-based treatments.  My first study is a qualitative study and will involve interviewing parents of children with anxiety disorders identified through a community sample.  Findings from this first study will inform the development of a large scale survey of parents of children with anxiety disorders to quantify the experience of barriers to treatment access in a nationally representative sample.
http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tessa_Reardon

Doireann O’Brien
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Email: doireann.obrien@pgr.reading.ac.uk
I am a PhD student working with Prof. Cathy Creswell and Dr. Kate Harvey at the University of Reading. My research incorporates both qualitative and quantitative methods, with the aim to investigate barriers which are preventing children with anxiety disorders from accessing evidence-based treatment. I am particularly interested in the barriers which are present at the primary care level, and my studies will involve interviewing and surveying General Practitioners to ascertain their perspectives on these issues.
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Doireann_Obrien

Peter Lawrence
peterEmail: p.j.p.lawrence@reading.ac.uk
I am a Clinical Psychologist and Research Training Fellow in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Reading. My research, supervised by Prof Cathy Creswell, focuses on the development of emotional and behavioural problems in children and adolescents. As a clinical psychologist, I am motivated to identify and understand what factors can lead to these problems developing, so that we can then target the factors in preventive or early interventions to enhance children’s development and support their families.

Sam Pearcey
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I am a PhD student at the University of Reading working with Professor Cathy Creswell and Dr Bhismadev Chakrabarti. I am investigating social skills deficits in children with social anxiety and am aiming to establish what the nature of this relationship is. I am particularly interested in establishing whether there are any particular social skills involved in child social anxiety and how to measure these social skills more effectively in this population in order to inform treatments.

Lucas Shelemy
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Email: l.shelemy@pgr.reading.ac.uk
I am a PhD student supervised by Dr Polly Waite and Dr Kate Harvey. My research is based on school-based mental health interventions. The aim of my work is to develop and evaluate an initial resource for teachers, attempting to educate and provide practical resources about mental health. The hope is that this resource will help improve mental health outcomes in adolescents, as well as teacher stress and sense of self-efficacy. I am particularly interested in using both qualitative and quantitative methods to create this sustainable and evidence-based resource.

Hannah Rogers
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I am a PhD student at the University of Reading working with Dr Polly Waite and Professor Cathy Creswell. My research is investigating moderators of exposure therapy for children and adolescents. The aim of this project is to determine whether cognitive strategies that have been tested in adult samples are also applicable for treating younger age groups. It is hoped that this work will inform current treatment for children and adolescents who suffer with social anxiety.

 


MSc Students

BSc Students

Olivia Sukiennik

I am a BSc Psychology student at the University of Reading. I am on a placement in the AnDY Clinic as an Honorary Clinical Research Assistant. My responsibilities involve undertaking semi-structured diagnostic assessments with children and adolescents with symptoms of anxiety and depression, contributing to assessment reports, and general clinical and administrative activities.

Olivia Whiteside

I am a 3rd year Psychology Student at Bournemouth University. As a placement student at Reading University I will support the work of the Centre For Autism and Berkshire CAMHS A&D Team.   My roles involve activities such as providing administrative support, shadowing assessments and engaging children in activities to allow parents to talk to clinicians.

Katie Patterson

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I am a third year psychology undergraduate student at the University of Reading. I am currently on my placement year in the ANDY clinic, working as an honorary research assistant. My main role is currently to recruit schools and distribute questionnaire materials to schools as part of a research study about improving access to anxiety treatment for children.

Chloe Williams

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I am a 3rd year Bsc Psychology student at the University of Reading. My placement at the AnDY clinic, under the supervision of Peter Lawrence, involves helping to conduct assessments of research participants, coding data for assessment procedures and helping in administrative tasks around the clinic.

Katy Penn

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I am a third year Psychology undergraduate student at the University of Surrey. I am on placement at the AnDY Clinic as an Honorary Research Assistant, with Polly Waite as my supervisor. My main role is supporting research and clinical activities in the AnDY Clinic, which includes tasks such as helping recruit participants, collecting data and taking part in administrative duties.