Dr Clara Strauss
Research Tutor and Joint Admissions Tutor
Qualifications: BA (Sussex), DPhil (Sussex), DClinPsych (CCCU), PGDip Cognitive Therapy (Soton), CPsychol
Room no: 14 AD 02
I am usually at the University on Mondays and Tuesdays. Please note that I work for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust two days a week.
My research interests are in evaluating third-wave cognitive behaviour therapies (CBT) for psychosis and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and in particular mindfulness-based therapies. As well as looking at whether or not therapies are effective, I am interested in exploring mechanisms of change during these therapies, that is, identifying the factors that change during therapy that promote recovery. Finally, I am interested in developing and testing cognitive models of mental health conditions. At Surrey I am supervising a number of clinical and counselling psychology trainee research projects within my areas of interest.
I am part of a mindfulness for psychosis research team with Paul Chadwick, Mark Hayward, and others. We currently have an RfPB research grant to evaluate the effectiveness of mindfulness-based group therapy for people distressed by hearing voices. Recently we also completed a funded study evaluating a mindfulness-based group therapy for people living with chronic depression.
I am also part of a mindfulness research team with Kate Cavanagh and Fergal Jones looking at whether mindfulness can be learned through self-help. Current projects include a randomised controlled trial of a mindfulness self-help book for students experiences stress with Billie Lever Taylor and a randomised controlled trial of an online mindfulness self-course.
Another research team I am involved in is with Mary John, Fergal Jones, Brenda Davis and Lana Jackson and we are evaluating mindfulness-based therapies for young people.
Strauss, C. Hayward, M. & Chadwick, P. (2012). Group person-based cognitive therapy for chronic depression: A pilot randomized controlled trial. British Journal of Clinical Psychology. doi: 10.1111/j.2044-8260.2012.02036.x
Dannahy, L, Hayward, M., Strauss, C., Turton, W., Harding, E. & Chadwick, P. (2011). Group person-based cognitive therapy for distressing voices: Pilot data from nine groups. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 42, 111-116. Doi: 10.1016/j.jbtep.2010.07.006
May, K., Strauss, C., Coyle, A. & Hayward, M. (2012). Person-based cognitive therapy for distressing voices: a thematic analysis of participant experiences of the therapy. Psychosis. DOI: 10.1080/17522439.2012.708775
Hale, L., Strauss, C., & Lever Taylor, B. (2012). The effectiveness and acceptability of mindfulness-based therapy for obsessive compulsive disorder: A review of the literature. Mindfulness. DOI:10.1007/s12671-012-0137-y
Amin, R., Strauss, C. & Waller, G. (in press). Body-Related Behaviours and Cognitions in the Eating Disorders. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
Books and Chapters
Hayward, M., Strauss, C. & Kingdon, D.(due for publication October 2012). Overcoming Distressing Voices. Constable & Robinson: London
Strauss, C. & Hayward, M. (due for publication December 2012). Group Person-based Cognitive Therapy for Distressing Psychosis. In L. Johns, E. Morris, & J. Oliver (eds). ACT and Mindfulness for Psychosis. Wiley-Blackwell: London
Oliver, J., McGuinness, H, Hayward, M. & Strauss, C. (due for publication December 2012). Service User Experience of ACT and PBCT. In L. Johns, E. Morris, & J. Oliver (eds). ACT and Mindfulness for Psychosis. Wiley-Blackwell: London
Conferences and Talks
Strauss, C. (2012). Changing relationship to distressing voices through mindfulness practice. European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies Congress 2012
Strauss, C.. (2011). Person-based cognitive therapy for chronic depression. British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy Annual Conference 2011
Strauss, C. & Turton, W. (2010). Person-based cognitive therapy for distressing voices. British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy Annual Conference 2012
Joint CI (2010): £35,000 grant to conduct a pilot RCT of Group PBCT for chronic depression. Grant awarded by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 2010
Co-applicant (2011): £180,000 grant to conduct a pragmatic RCT of Mindfulness for Voices (M4V) groups. Grant awarded by the National Institute of Health Research from their Research for Patient Benefit funding stream.
I currently teach on the clinical psychology training programme on the Research Methods module (focusing on quantitative research methods), the CBT modules and the psychosis module.
For the doctorate in clinical psychology programme my roles are:
- Research Tutor
- Acting Research Director 2011-2012 (maternity cover)
- Joint Admissions Tutor
Division of Clinical Psychology (South East Coast Branch)
From 2012 to 2015 I am Chair of the South East Coast Branch of the Division of Clinical Psychology. The branch's role is to represent DCP members living and working in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. We are shortly planning to undertake a survey of our membership so we can find out what our members would most like from the branch. Please check back for a link to this survey when it is available.
If you would like to find out more about the DCP SEC branch or if you are interested in joining our committee please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mood and Anxiety Research in Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
I am a clinical psychologist working in Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in their Research & Development Department.
My role is to jointly lead on mood and anxiety research in the Trust (MARS). MARS is a partnership between the Trust and the University of Sussex. In MARS we have three aims:
1. To increase the number of funded, high quality mood and anxiety research studies recruiting in the Trust.
2. To increase the number of mood and anxiety peer reviewed publications affiliated to the Trust or to MARS
3. To see that our MARS research findings make a difference to the clinical services in the Trust