Author Archive | Caitlin Hitchcock

Podcast: Tim Dalgleish on transdiagnostic approaches to human distress following trauma

Professor Dalgleish will present a keynote talk at the The 21st Australasian Conference on Traumatic Stress The 2021 ACOTS conference is a collaboration between ASTSS (the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies) and Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health. The talk is entitled: “Transdiagnostic approaches to human distress in the aftermath of trauma” […]

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The neural basis of interoception across psychiatric disorders

This paper meta-analysed transdiagnostic differences in neural activation during interoception. Left dorsal mid-insula activation was a common disruption in patients with a range of disorders, during interoceptive probes assessing pain, hunger, and interoceptive attention. This activation was anatomically distinct from brain regions involved in affective processing and from regions altered by psychological or pharmacological interventions […]

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Trauma-focused Cognitive Therapy for acute PTSD in children

This paper presents the results of a randomised controlled trial providing preliminary support for Trauma-focused Cognitive Therapy for acute PTSD in children and adolescents delivered in the early (3-6 months) post-trauma phase. MEISER-STEDMAN, R., Smith, P., MCKINNON, A., DIXON, C., Trickey, D., Ehlers, A., Clark, D.M., Boyle, A., WATSON, P., Goodyer, I. & DALGLEISH, T. […]

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The Memory Flexibility (MemFlex) intervention for depression

In a series of randomised controlled trials, we have explored the efficacy of Memory Flexibility Training – MemFlex – for clinical depression. The first trial showed promising efficacy relative to an active counselling control. Free access to the paper at We then ran a subsequent trial which showed that MemFlex did not decrease the risk […]

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Improving identification of very young children with PTSD

This paper reports the first population-representative epidemiological studies of the prevalence of PTSD in very young children. The results showed that using a developmentally-appropriate PTSD algorithm resulted in up to 20-fold increases in the estimate for PTSD prevalence in children under 6 years old. HITCHCOCK, C., GOODALL, B., Sharples, Meiser-Stedman, R., WATSON, P., Ford T. […]

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Helping to reduce depressive relapse

C2AD researchers (names in caps below) contributed to an individual patient data mega-analysis across all published Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) trials. The paper shows that MBCT is superior both to usual care and to anti-depressant medication as a secondary prevention for depressive relapse in those with a history of recurrent depression. It contributed to […]

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