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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

External links
University of Exeter Medical School: Primary care
MIR: MIRtazapine added to SSRIs for Treatment Resistant Depression in Primary Care
Clinical Trials Research Unit

Projects

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

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

Mapping Dementia Services in the South West

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

Effectiveness of TNFa inhibitors to reduce depression in chronic physical illness

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

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

Upcoming Events

Mar
07

Searching and Review Clinic (FULLY...

The University of Exeter, St Luke's campus, South Cloisters (Room 1.47)

**This clinic is now fully booked.  Please visit http://clahrc-peninsula.nihr.ac.uk/searching-and-review-clinics to choose another date.** These clinics have been set...
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Mar
14

PPI Advice Clinic

The University of Exeter, St Luke's campus, South Cloisters room 1.22

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News

New estimates of the size of the lesbian, gay and bisexual population in England

13 February 2017

Public Health England (PHE) has published a report, compiled by PenCLAHRC researchers based in the...
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PenCLAHRC staff share experiences of patient and public involvement in research

13 February 2017

Senior PenCLAHRC staff members have shared their experiences of patient and public involvement in research...
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Job Opportunity - PenCLAHRC Research Assistant/Fellow

03 February 2017

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a self-motivated and enthusiastic Research Assistant or Research Fellow,...
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Research Projects

Self-harm and Suicide in Schools

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia

This six-month study includes a survey consultation with all secondary schools in South-West England and...
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PenCHORD - Review of Operational Research in scheduled and unscheduled care

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

Review and evaluation of simulation modelling work relating to Accident and Emergency departments worldwide, to...
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Research Projects