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Prof Chris Brewin
1-19 Torrington Place
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  • Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Research Summary

Past research projects include the development of neural model of intrusive imagery in mental disorders, a neuroimaging study of emotional memory in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, an evaluation of the NHS mental health response to the 2005 London bombings, a study of delayed onset PTSD in UK war pensioners, a test of psychological intervention for elderly victims of crime, and an evaluation of imagery rescripting as an intervention for depressed patients with intrusive memories. The five areas in which I am currently most active are: the design of mental health responses for survivors of disasters and terrorist attacks; considering how memory research should be applied in the courts; experimental studies designed to influence rates of intrusive memory following trauma; the diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (I am closely involved with the proposals for the International Classification of Diseases 11th edition); and the use of immersive virtual reality to improve self-compassion.
Keywords: Anxiety, Amygdala, Brain imaging, Clinical trials, Cognition, Depression,
Emotion, fMRI, Hippocampus, Memory, Neuroimaging, Neuroscience, Post-traumatic
stress disorder, Stress, Terrorism, Disasters, Memory, Virtual Realty, Self-compassion.
Conditions: Anxiety disorders, Depressive disorders, Dissociative disorders
Methods: Functional MRI (fMRI), Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs)

Academic Background
1981   Doctor of Philosophy University of Sheffield
1977   Master of Science University of Oxford
1975   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Oxford
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