Clinical and Applied Behavioural research group (CABRG)

About us

The Clinical and Applied Behavioural research group brings together psychologists who are investigating a wide range of topics related to health, clinical, behavioural and neuro psychology. Research expertise encompasses several aspects of human behaviour in clinical and non-clinical populations, and has led to the publication of more than 100 research articles in refereed journals. The group is currently home to a number of PhD students who are all carrying out research with either clinical and analogue populations. The group members have, over the years, attracted substantial research funding from both the private and public sector, and several members have current and ongoing research funding.

Research is conducted in purpose-built laboratories in the department or through an extensive network of collaborating clinicians in the NHS. Much of the research is conducted in collaboration with colleagues at other universities and with national and international institutions.

Current projects

  • Addiction: drug and alcohol misuse, smoking
  • The role of conditioning in substance misuse, and smoking behaviour
  • Behaviour change interventions targeting diet, exercise, and alcohol consumption, impulsivity and risk-taking in clinical and non-clinical groups
  • Emotion: coping and burnout
  • End of life care
  • Psychological adjustment in pregnancy and post-partum
  • Preparation and recovery from surgery
  • Schizophrenia: neurobiology in high risk populations, genetic susceptibility.

Current grant awards

  • 20172020. Jones, C. (PI), Vandrevala, T. (CI). National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB). Reducing Acquisition of Cytomegalovirus (CMV) through antenatal Education: A feasibility study to assess an educational intervention to prevent cytomegalovirus infection in pregnancy.
  • 20152018. Ala, A. (PI), Vandrevala, T. (CI). National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB). Developing and testing an educational intervention to improve uptake of Hepatitis B and C testing in South Asians.


Postdoctoral researchers

PhD students

  • Victoria Burmester
  • Zoe Dodd
  • Dawn Leach
  • Amy Montague
  • Helen Chrissie Pike
  • I-Ling Yeh
  • Francesca Zaninotto

Collaborators and affiliated research groups

Representative publications

  • Butler, G., Chapman, D., & Terry, P. (2016). Attitudes of intravenous drug users in London towards the provision of drug consumption rooms. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 25, 31-37.
  • Fernie, B. A., Bharucha, Z., Nikčević, A. V., Marino, C. & Spada, M. M. (2017). A metacognitive model of procrastination. Journal of Affective Disorders, 210, 196-203.
  • Jones, C, Kelliher, L, Dickinson, M, Riga, A, Worthington, T, Scott, M, Vandrevala, T, Fry , C, Karanjia , N and Quiney, N (2013) Randomized clinical trial on enhanced recovery versus standard care following open liver resection. British Journal of Surgery, 100, 1015-1024.
  • Hughes, H., Meddings, S., Vandrevala, T., Homes, S. and Hayward, M. (2011) Carers' experiences of assertive outreach services: An exploratory study. Journal of Mental Health, 20, 70-78.
  • Martinelli, Cristina, Rigoli, Francesco, Dolan, Ray J. and Shergill, Sukhwinder S. (2018) Decreased value-sensitivity in schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research, 259, pp. 295-301. ISSN (print) 0165-1781
  • Martinelli, Cristina, Rigoli, Francesco and Shergill, Sukhwinder S. (2017) Aberrant force processing in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 43(2), pp. 417-424. ISSN (print) 0586-7614
  • Nikcevic, A.V., Caselli, G., Wells, A. & Spada, M.M. (2015). The metacognitions about smoking questionnaire: Development and psychometric properties. Addictive Behaviors. 44, 102-107 (correction of previous entry).
  • Pavey, L., & Churchill, S. (2014). Promoting the avoidance of high-calorie snacks: priming autonomy moderates message framing effects. PloS One , 9, e103892.
  • Pavey, L., & Sparks, P. (2012) Autonomy and defensiveness: experimentally increasing adaptive responses to health-risk information via priming and self-affirmation. Psychology & Health, 27, 259-276.
  • Vandrevala, T., Chrysanthaki, T. & Ogundipe, E. (2017) "Behind Closed Door with open minds?": Understanding nursing home staff's narratives towards their roles and duties within the context of sexuality in dementia. International Journal of Nursing Studies.
  • Vandevala T., Pavey, L. et al. (2017). Psychological rumination and recovery from work in Intensive Care Professionals: Associations with stress, burnout, depression, and health. Journal of Intensive Care.
  • Vyas, N.S., Birchwood, M., & Singh, S.P. (in press). Youth Services: Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Adolescents. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine.
  • Vyas, N.S., Ahn, K., Stahl, D.R., Caviston, P., Simic, M., Netherwood, S., Puri, B.K., Lee, Y., & Aitchison, K.J. (2014). Association of KIBRA rs17070145 polymorphism with episodic memory in the early stages of a human neurodevelopmental disorder. Psychiatry Research, 220 (1-2), 37-43.
  • Walker, S., Higgs, S., & Terry, P. (2016) Estimates of the absolute and relative strengths of diverse alcoholic drinks by young people. Substance Use and Misuse, 51, 1781-1789.