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This new centre will draw together the recognised expertise of a number of researchers within the department.
There will be a strong and particular focus on the existing research groups focused on cognitive neuroscience, occupational and health psychology, mindfulness-based interventions, and cognitive impairments associated with mental health problems. The Centre will benefit from a close and explicit partnership with City's local branch of Mind (the mental health charity).
Academic experts teach on undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees offered by the Psychology Department. Their teaching is informed by their research and the close links with external partners.
The centre also benefits from the launch of the new research clinic.
We aim to support the transformation of local community mental health services through:
We aim to bring innovation and best practice to Hackney and (East) London by:
Professor Tina Forster
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Dr Corinna Haenschel
At City, the diversity and breadth of research interest into Mindfulness and Mindfulness-based interventions was prominently featured at the launch of the Centre for Psychological Wellbeing and Neuroscience in 2014.
The team of Mindfulness researchers are actively investigating the real-life benefits of Mindfulness, and engaging in cutting-edge research on weight loss, autism, mental health, neurological conditions, and employment. We are in dialogue with Mindfulness researchers across disciplines, as well as commissioners, service users, and practitioners with experience of Mindfulness and other evidence-based interventions for improving wellbeing.
Academic experts at City engaged in Mindfulness Research and their particular interests:
Fran Smith is interested in how people experience, make sense of and apply mindfulness skills in both mental health and physical health settings. Current research projects include how anxiety is experienced following mindfulness training and relationship to food in people with type 2 diabetes following mindfulness training.
Katy Tapper is interested in mindfulness and behaviour change. Current research projects include the effects of different types of mindfulness strategies on eating behaviours and decision making. She is also interested in the mechanisms underlying such effects and the ways in which they may be enhanced or limited by certain personality or physiological traits.
Lynsey Mahmood is interested in experimental research that investigates the use of mindfulness in altering social judgements and perceptions of others. Current research projects include the effects of mindfulness in reducing attribution bias and stereotype threat. She is also interested in the use of mindfulness in the workplace, particularly the effect mindfulness has on implicit bias and group dynamics.
Tina Forster is interested in the cognitive and neural changes associated with mindfulness training; in particular, changes related to body perception and interoception.
Paul Flaxman is interested in the beneficial effects, for example stress reduction, of mindfulness in employees.
Sebastian Gaigg is interested in the effect of mindfulness on emotion, and in particular, alleviation of anxiety in people with ASD.
Angeliki Bogosian is interested in the application of mindfulness in long-term neurological conditions.
Dr Katy Tapper
The research clinic carries out applied psychology research with the aim of addressing research questions related to therapy processes and outcomes, assessment, and clinical training targeted at late adolescence/young people within a university context. Housed in the Department of Psychology, the research clinic also provides facilities for academics and doctoral students at City to gain training in a range of therapeutic and research methods and approaches. This will include access to the latest research equipment and technology to enhance the quality and rigour of treatment delivery and future research impact in clinical and non-clinical settings.
Dr Jessica Jones Nielsen
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