New paper on somnophilia published by Elizabeth Deehan and Dr Ross Bartels

A new study by PhD student Elizabeth Deehan and Dr Ross Bartels entitled “Somnophilia: Examining Its Various Forms and Associated Constructs” has been published in the Sexual Abuse. 

Somnophilia refers to a sexual interest in having sex someone who is asleep and is an under-researched phenomenon. Using an online sample, this new study provides the first empirical investigation into somnophilia. The study contributes to the literature by:

(1) offering a new measure designed to assess an interest in and proclivity towards somnophilic behaviour.

(2) showing that somnophilic interest is associated with necrophilic, biastophilic, and sadistic sexual fantasies, as well as a need for sexual dominance

(3) highlighting that many people are also interested in being the recipient of sexual activity while asleep (the authors term this “dormaphilia”), which is associated with masochistic fantasies and a need for sexual submission

The paper suggests that somnophilia may not be as rare as first thought. It also indicates that it is important to differentiate between consensual somnophilia and non-consensual somnophilia.

Elizabeth Deehan is now continuing to investigate somnophilia more deeply as part of her PhD research.


Dr Nima Moghaddam and colleagues publish new paper!

Congrats to Dr Nima Moghaddam who has published a new article with various colleagues, including Dr Sam Malins (the Project Lead) who is a graduate of our DClinPsy programme.

This article relates to the implementation of a digital health intervention in a regional Clinical Psychology Cancer Service.

This led to the service being shortlisted for the Mental Health Innovation of the Year Award in the upcoming HSJ Awards 2019 (

Details of the article:

Wells, C., Malins, S., Clarke, S., Skorodzien, I., Biswas, S., Sweeney, T., Moghaddam, N., & Levene, J. (2019). Using smart-messaging to enhance mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for cancer patients: A mixed methods proof of concept evaluation. Psycho-Oncology.


Dr Nima Moghaddam and Nicole Geach (DClinPsy trainee) publish new paper!!

Nicole Geach (DClinPsy trainee) and Dr Nima Moghaddam have had a new article published. The paper aims to: (1) characterise team formulation, based upon examples from practice; and (2) identify factors perceived to support or obstruct workable implementation in practice.

Four novel types of team formulation with different functions and forms are described: case review, formulating behaviour experienced as challenging, formulating the staff-service user relationship, and formulating with the service-user perspective. A number of factors perceived to support and obstruct team formulation were identified including team distress, facilitating change, managing difference and informing practice. These were found to be common across team formulation types.

The practical implications include using the identified team formulation types as a way to standardise team formulation practice.

Geach, N., De Boos, D. and Moghaddam, N. (2019), “Team formulation in practice: forms, functions, and facilitators”, Mental Health Review Journal, Vol. 24 No. 3, pp. 145-159.

Dr Nima Moghaddam publishes new article with NIHR collaborators

Congratulations to Dr Nima Moghaddam who has published a new article in Psychotherapy Research with colleagues from the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research & Care East Midlands (CLAHRC EM.

Malins, S., Moghaddam, N., Morriss, R., & Schröder, T. (2019). Extending the use of routine outcome monitoring: Predicting long-term outcomes in cognitive behavioral therapy for severe health anxiety. Psychotherapy Research.

Here is the abstract:

Objective: Routine outcome monitoring (ROM) is a well-evidenced means of improving psychotherapy’s effectiveness. However, it is unclear how meaningful ROM is for problems that span physical and mental health, such as severe health anxiety. Physical and mental health comorbidities are common amongst severe health anxiety sufferers and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a recommended treatment. Method:Seventy-nine participants received CBT for severe health anxiety in a clinical trial. The Outcome Rating Scale (ORS: a ROM assessment of wellbeing) was completed at each session. Multilevel modeling assessed whether last-session ORS predicted health anxiety and other outcomes over 12-month follow-up. Similar models were developed using health anxiety as a comparative outcome-predictor. Outcome-improvements of treatment-responders with sudden gains were compared to those of non-sudden-gainers. Results: Last-session ORS scores predicted all outcomes up to 12 months later, with a comparable predictive effect to health anxiety. Sudden-gainers on the ORS reported significantly greater improvement in depression, functioning, and wellbeing, but no difference in health anxiety or other measures. Conclusion: The ORS may be a feasible, overall estimate of health, functioning, and quality of life in psychotherapy for severe health anxiety. Sudden gains on the ORS may be clinically meaningful with respect to some long-term outcomes.

The article can be found at:


Dr Ross Bartels publishes new paper on mousetracking sexual interests

Congratulations to Dr Ross Bartels who, with his colleagues, has published a 3-study paper in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, entitled ‘Tracking Mouse Trajectories Related to Decisions About Sexual Interest’.

Bartels, R. M., Lister, V. P., Imhoff, R., & Banse, R. (2019). Tracking mouse trajectories related to decisions about sexual interest. Archives of Sexual Behavior. Advanced online version,

The paper examines whether mousetracking (a measure of real-time decision-making) can be applied to the assessment of sexual interest, both typical (i.e., towards men or women) and atypical (i.e., towards children vs. adults). Studies 1 and 2 show that men identifying as same-gender attracted or opposite-gender attracted produced the expected pattern of responses (e.g., less curved mouse trajectories and faster response latencies towards their preferred sexual category), while Study 3 showed this same pattern with regards to an interest in adults (versus children) in a teleiophilic sample from the general population. These findings provide advantages over other forms of assessment, as mousetracking highlights the real-time decisions being made towards stimuli. The importance of considering perspective-taking when assessing sexual interest are also discussed. The findings also have implications for the assessment of atypical (or offence-related) interests in forensic populations; a goal for future research.

The paper can be read (via an Enhanced PDF) at: