Tuesday, 20 June 2017

A message of recommendation from Leoni Cachia

I completed an online 6 week course; An Introduction to Clinical Psychology, by the University of Liverpool. The course provides 5 credits if you choose to complete the assessment. The facilitator was Keith Morgan, and the course is held once a year.

The course was comprised of 6 main components, one covered each week, specifically related to clinical applied psychology and a therapeutic focus utilising CBT and formulation.

The experience was valuable for me as I am actively pursing a career in clinical psychology and it aids my continued professional development. I have been able to network online and virtually meet a diverse range of people from all over the world with an interest in mental health. It has also provided me the chance to build connections with other academics and professionals.

I would recommend the course to anyone that wishes to learn more about clinical psychology. Some previous knowledge is best but not a requirement. It is a flexible course and it is taught at FHEQ level 4.

I was lucky to have the course partially funded by the staff development fund, agreed by my line manager.

Find out more here: https://continuingeducation.liverpool.ac.uk/clinical-psychology-with-claire-dowling/ 

Friday, 9 June 2017

30th Anniversary of the Erasmus Programme

This June marks the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus programme and Middlesex University is joining the celebrations on the 29th through a dedicated day of talks and workshops. The event will be an occasion to find out interesting details about the programme and its great benefits (international collaboration, cultural exchange, learning new skills, personal growth).

Ruxandra Anghel from our department has been invited to give a presentation focusing on how we can make the Erasmus experience different and personalised, based on the unforgettable adventure Fiona and Ruxandra had last year in Lisbon.

Plan of the day and workshops schedule are below. And here is the registration link:


If you cannot make it on the 29th, but you are interested to know more about Erasmus, please contact Ruxandra Anghel. She is also looking for an Erasmus partner in creativity for the next academic year. 

Monday, 15 May 2017

Research Seminar: Visiting Speaker Distinguished Professor Cathy Spatz Widom

*** Everyone Welcome! No need to book in advance**

Date: Friday 16th June 
Time: 14:00-15:00 
Room: Town Hall Committee Room 2 

What has become of abused and neglected children?

Distinguished Professor Cathy Spatz Widom (John Jay College and City University of New York)


Numerous cross-sectional studies have reported associations between childhood adversities and outcomes.  However, the results of these studies are ambiguous because they represent only a snapshot of the child, adolescent, or adult at the time.  Since the late 1980s, Cathy Spatz Widom has been studying a large group of children with documented cases of physical and sexual abuse and neglect and another group without those histories (controls), matched on the basis of age, sex, race, and approximate childhood family social class.  Both groups (abuse/neglect and controls) have been followed up in several waves of in-person interviews and data collection efforts over 30 years.  This presentation will describe the long-term consequences of childhood abuse and neglect across multiple domains of functioning, pointing out differences by sex and race, and implications for policy and practice.

Cathy Spatz Widom, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor in the Psychology Department at John Jay College and a member of the Graduate Center faculty of the City University of New York. Her work represents the intermingling of two disciplines – psychology and criminology -- and this is reflected in her publications, awards, and funding. She is an elected fellow of the American Psychological Association, American Psychopathological Association, and American Society of Criminology (ASC).  Widom served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Child Maltreatment Research, Policy, and Practice for the Next Decade and is currently a member of the Committee on Law and Justice at the Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences at the National Research Council. Her work has been funded by the National Institute of Justice, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and she has received numerous awards for her research, including the Edwin H. Sutherland Award in 2013 from the ASC and the Stockholm Prize in Criminology in 2016. Widom and her colleagues have published over 145 scholarly papers and book chapters on the long-term consequences of childhood abuse and neglect, including two articles in Science (1989 and 2015). Dr. Widom received her Ph.D. in psychology from Brandeis University.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Visiting Scholar from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University 15th-19th May

The Centre for Psychoanalysis will be hosting a visiting scholar from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University from May 15th to the 19th. 

Dr Aliya Abesheva is teaching in the Faculty of Philosophy and Political Science, with particular research interests in psychoanalysis and psychology. 

She will be giving an open lecture titled 'Social Alienation and the Problem of the Destruction of the Subject in Freud's Conception of Neurosis'.  

Date: Tuesday 16th of May 
Time: 16.00 
Location: CG83

Please do come along, and pass this information along to anyone who you think may be interested. 

For further information or to arrange contact/exchanges about research ideas with Aliya during her stay here please email Julia Borossa.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Research Seminar: Visiting Speaker Amy Woy (University of Westminster)

*** Everyone Welcome! No need to book in advance***

Date: Thursday 27th April 
Time: 12:00-13:00 
Room: College Building C133

Which songs would you take to a desert island? A naturalistic investigation of music and memory. 

Amy Woy (University of Westminster)

Desert Island Discs is a long-running BBC Radio 4 program that invites well-known guests to select eight recordings they would take with them if stranded alone on a desert island. 65 interviews were transcribed with guests from a broad range of professions and ages. Where possible age period was recorded as well as genre, and popularity of the music selected, and reason for the choice. Overall, results demonstrated the presence of a reminiscence bump, although individuals from some professions were less likely to conform to this typical pattern. In line with other research, music was strongly linked to autobiographical remembering but with a bias towards songs that would trigger memories of people. Implications regarding the relevance for reminiscence therapy are discussed. 

Amy is a (second year) doctoral researcher at the University of Westminster, where she graduated with First Class Honours in BSc Cognitive Neuroscience in 2014. Her dissertation, with Dr. Catherine Loveday, assessed the BBC Radio 4 show Desert Island Discs, where she investigated music and autobiographical memory in a more naturalistic setting. The findings were first presented at the 6th International Conference on Memory in Budapest in July 2016. Her current project focuses on the use of multi-sensory stimuli such as music, objects, and photographs, to evoke autobiographical memories in people with varying degrees of memory impairment. Amy aims to contribute to the understanding of autobiographical memory structure, and identify a more tailored and effective approach for non-drug therapies.