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: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10503307.2019.1657250


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, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-019-1436-3

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: https://rdcu.be/bFRt8

Louise Canacott (DClinPsy trainee) and Dr Nima Moghaddam publish new article

Louise Canacott – a DClinPsy trainee- and Dr Nima Moghaddam have had a new article published:

Canacott, L., Moghaddam, N., & Tickle, A. (2019). Is the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) efficacious for improving personal and clinical recovery outcomes? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/prj0000368

The meta-analyses revealed that, relative to control conditions, WRAP was: (a) superior for promoting self-perceived recovery outcomes (demonstrating a small-but-significant pooled effect), but (b) not superior for reducing clinical symptomatology. However, restriction to randomized-controlled trials revealed one small effect favoring WRAP for reducing depression.