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Prof Chris Dickens

Mental Health and Dementia Theme Lead

Kath Maguire

After qualifying in London, Professor Dickens spent a number of years in clinical medicine before completing basic psychiatry training in Manchester. His ongoing interest in clinical medicine meant he naturally moved to the interface between medicine and psychiatry. He completed his PhD on the psychiatric problems in people with chronic low back pain whilst simultaneously completing his clinical training as a liaison psychiatrist. He has worked mostly researching the causes, effects and treatments of emotional problems in people with chronic physical illness, whilst maintaining his clinical involvement in assessing and delivering psychiatric treatments to such people. He relocated to the University of Exeter Medical School in July 2011 to take up the post as Chair of Psychological Medicine, where he has continued to focus on the development and evaluation of interventions to improve the management of common mental disorders in people with chronic physical illness. He is joint lead with Prof Willem Kuyken on the NIHR PenCLAHRC funded project Determining the Feasibility and Acceptability of Mindfulness-Based Interventions in Depressed People with Chronic Physical Health Problems.

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01392 726013 or 07703 889579

Employed by
University of Exeter

Areas of expertise
Psychological Medicine, Lead for Mental Health Research Group

Projects

Mapping Dementia Services in the South West

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for depression with chronic physical health problems

Effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindfulness based cognitive therapy in vascular disease

Improving the mental health of children and young people with long term conditions

Effectiveness of TNFa inhibitors to reduce depression in chronic physical illness

Improving the mental health of children and young people with long term conditions

Development of an Integrated Psychological Medicine Service

Publications

The puzzle of depression and acute coronary syndrome: reviewing the role of acute inflammation

Depression and health-related quality of life in people with coronary heart disease: a systematic review

Examining the relation between post myocardial infarction depression and cardiovascular prognosis using a validated prediction model for post myocardial mortality

Collaborative Interventions for Circulation and Depression (COINCIDE): study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial of collaborative care for depression in people with diabetes and/or coronary heart disease

Accessing primary health care: a meta-ethnography of the experiences of British South Asian patients with diabetes, coronary heart disease or a mental health problem

Perseverative negative cognitive processes are associated with depression in people with long term conditions

Is there a core process across depression and anxiety?

Key components in models of community-based interventions coordinating care in dementia: a mixed studies systematic review protocol

Assessing the effectiveness of enhanced psychological care for patients with depressive symptoms attending cardiac rehabilitation compared with treatment as usual (CADENCE): A study protocol for a pilot cluster randomised controlled trial and qualitative i

Feasibility and Acceptability of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Compared with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Treatment as usual in People with Depression and Cardiovascular Disorders: A three-arm Randomised Controlled Trial

Parathyroid Hormone, Cognitive Function and Dementia: A Systematic Review

Psychological interventions to improve psychological wellbeing in people with dementia or mild cognitive impairment: systematic review and meta-analysis protocol

Enhanced psychological care in cardiac rehabilitation services for patients with new-onset depression: the CADENCE feasibility study and pilot RCT

The effects of acute inflammation on cognitive functioning and emotional processing in humans: A systematic review of experimental studies

Mechanisms of action in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in people with physical and/or psychological conditions: A systematic review

Variation in ambulance call rates for care homes in Torbay, UK

The effectiveness of community-based coordinating interventions in dementia care: a meta-analysis and subgroup analysis of intervention components

The effectiveness of community-based coordinating interventions in dementia care: a meta-analysis and subgroup analysis of intervention components

Tumour necrosis factor α inhibitor therapy in chronic physical illness: a systematic review and meta-analysis of the effect on depression and anxiety

Behavioural activation written self-help to improve mood, wellbeing and quality of life in people with dementia supported by informal carers (PROMOTE): study protocol for a single-arm feasibility study

Association Between Chronic Physical Conditions and the Effectiveness of Collaborative Care for Depression: An Individual Participant Data Meta-analysis

Upcoming Events

Apr
25

Search Advice Clinic for Systematic...

ITTC Building, Plymouth (Cafe area: please go to Reception on arrival where a member of the team will meet you)

These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team to manage and respond...
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May
08

Qualitative Research Advice Clinic for...

South Cloisters Room SC2.17, St Luke's Campus, University of Exeter

Whether you are a postgraduate student, academic or researcher you can book an appointment to speak...
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News

Exeter clinicians and researchers help shape proposals to improve stroke services in Northern Ireland

08 April 2019

Pioneering work by Professor Martin James, a senior NHS clinician for stroke services in Exeter...
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Successful home-based heart rehabilitation programme rolled out

08 April 2019

A new rehabilitation programme, which helps heart failure patients achieve better quality of life from...
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STARS launches second phase of Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management Programme

04 April 2019

The first phase of The Supporting Teachers And childRen in Schools (STARS) programme, a randomised...
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News

Research Projects

Social Prescribing - Understanding what works in, and supporting provision of, nature - based therapeutic interventions for people with an identifiable mental illness

Theme: Healthy People, Healthy Environments

We have been awarded funding from DEFRA to identify what works in the use of...
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Social Prescribing - Cornwall and Plymouth Researcher in Residence

Theme: Healthy People, Healthy Environments

Evaluation work by a Researcher in Residence to assess implementation, reach, scope and acceptability of...
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Research Projects