Laura Pass –
I am a Research Clinical Psychologist working with Shirley Reynolds at the Charlie Waller Institute, University of Reading. Our research is focused on adolescent depression, with the aim to understand more about the disorder and to improve treatments for young people with depression symptoms. I am particularly interested in developing and evaluating interventions that may increase access to treatment. I am currently developing our research on Brief Behavioural Activation (Brief BA) for adolescent depression, including delivery of Brief BA in schools. __________________________________________________________________________________
Monika Parkinson –
I am a Clinical Psychologist and NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Reading. My particular research interests are in psychological treatments for young people with mental health difficulties and how we can better support parents and families. My NIHR funded research focuses specifically on improving outcomes and support for depressed adolescents and their parents.
Faith Orchard –
I am a clinical teaching fellow and post-doctoral researcher working with Shirley Reynolds at the University of Reading. Our research is focused on adolescent depression, with the aim to understand more about the disorder and to improve treatments for young people with depression symptoms. I am particularly interested in understanding the causal and maintaining factors involved in adolescent depression, specifically the negative thinking patterns and sleep disturbances. I am also interested in the development of low intensity guided treatment programmes for the treatment of adolescent depressive symptoms.
Shirley Reynolds –
I am a Professor and Clinical Psychologist and Director of the Charlie Waller Institute. In the Charlie Waller Institute our main aim is to develop, evaluate and disseminate effective psychological therapies to the NHS and to other health services. We work closely with colleagues in the NHS, the voluntary sector, education, social and community settings. My own research is focused on understanding and treating adolescent depression.
Master’s & PhD Students:
Emily Green –
I am a PhD student, working with Prof. Shirley Reynolds and Prof. Judi Ellis. My research aims to investigate the development of the self and identity in adolescents with depression. I am particularly interested in comparing self-image and mood in depressed and healthy adolescents. Ultimately I hope that this will increase our understanding of how depression develops and can be prevented and treated more effectively.
Becca Watson –
I am a PhD student, working with Shirley Reynolds and Ciara McCabe, at the University of Reading. My research is focused on improving our understanding and measurement of anhedonia, a core symptom of depression. Anhedonia is the loss of interest and pleasure in previously reinforcing experiences. My PhD aims to combine the knowledge gained from neuroscience and clinical psychology to develop more effective ways of identifying, assessing, and potentially treating anhedonia in depressed adolescents. I also work as an Honorary Research Assistant, conducting diagnostic anxiety and depression assessments for children and adolescents referred to the AnDY clinic.
Iona-Lewis Smith –
I am a first year PhD student, supervised by Prof. Shirley Reynolds and Dr Laura Pass. My research is funded by the Titcomb Foundation and Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. I am supporting research on mental health and Behavioural Activation interventions in secondary schools, and I’m particularly interested in adolescent values.
Simon Brett –
I am a qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner and a 4th year Msci Psychological Theory and Practice student at the University of Reading. Under the supervision of Laura Pass, I will be assisting with research into adolescent depression and delivering Brief Behavioural Activation for Adolescents (BATD-A).
Mona Jones –
I am a 4th year MSci Psychological Theory and Practice student at the University of Reading. As a newly qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, supervised by Laura Pass, my main role will be assisting with research tasks in the AnDY clinic and offering Behavioural Activation (BA) sessions to children and adolescents with depression. This will be as part of a research project into looking at the mental wellbeing of adolescents in schools and using brief BA to treat depression.
Sundus Khalid –
I am a PhD student, working with Prof. Shirley Reynolds and Dr.Claire Williams, in the University of Reading. My research is investigating the relationship between nutrition and mood in adolescents. I’m particularly interested in comparing the diet of depressed and healthy adolescents and to assess the differences in their nutritional profile, including total calorie intake and amount of major food components (such as protein, fats, flavonoids, vitamin, minerals and fibre).
Lucas Shelemy –
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.
Jeni Fisk –
I am a PhD student, working with Shirley Reynolds and Judi Ellis, in the University of Reading. My research aims to investigate the relationship between mood, memory and executive function skills (thinking processes that help us plan, organise and solve problems) in adolescents. In particular, I am interested in whether mood influences how adolescents remember autobiographical memories and to the extent to which executive function abilities contribute to how specific memory retrieval is.
Samr Binsaif –
I am a PhD student working with Prof. Shirley Reynolds and Dr. Laura Pass. My research is focused on depression among girls in Saudi Arabia. The aim of my research is to investigate rate of self-reported symptoms of depression among female adolescents in schools in Saudi Arabia. Also I am interested in exploring their experience of depression, and how they describe and understand the symptoms of depression and how they are similar and different from western culture.