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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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Contact by phone
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

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

Effectiveness of TNFa inhibitors to reduce depression in chronic physical illness

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

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

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

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

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

Jun
29

Searching and Review Clinic

The University of Exeter, St Luke's campus, South Cloisters (Room 2.35)

These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team to manage and respond...
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Jul
13

Searching and Review Clinic

ITTC Building, Plymouth Science Park (Room N14)

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

News

Starting school young can put child wellbeing at risk

22 June 2017

New research, supported by PenCLAHRC, has shown that the youngest pupils in each school year...
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Carers speak about helping to shape research and education

16 June 2017

Carers have spoken about the value of sharing their experiences with students and researchers at...
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Older adults under-referred for mental health therapies

06 June 2017

A large research study from the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter, supported by PenCLAHRC, has...
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News

Research Projects

PenCHORD: Modelling the optimal size of Derriford Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU)

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

Providing modelling evidence of the optimal size for an expanded Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU) at...
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PenCHORD - Torbay and South Devon stroke care

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

PenCHORD worked with Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust to understand the resources needed...
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Research Projects