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Dr Alyson Dodd

Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow

Department: Psychology

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Alyson is a Senior Research Fellow. Her research investigates the links between psychological mechanisms and mood.

Alyson’s research expertise is in the psychological mechanisms underlying mania risk and bipolar disorder, student mental health and wellbeing, and psychological interventions (online and face-to-face). Her methodological expertise is quantitative research, particularly survey and questionnaire design, development and psychometric evaluation of measures (psychological mechanisms and outcomes), and randomised controlled trials.

Alyson is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Alyson supervises undergraduate and postgraduate project and research internship/placement students in the Department of Psychology, leads the psychopathology component of the undergraduate module Social, Developmental and Psychopathology (Level 5), and is Module Tutor for the Research Internship module (Level 6).

Campus Address

Room 151
Northumberland Building


0191 243 7250

Qualifications

  • PhD in Psychology
  • MA (Hons) in Psychology
  • PgCert in Academic Practice

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

  • Psychological mechanisms underpinning the development and maintenance of mania risk and bipolar disorder

  • Emotion regulation and psychopathology

  • Student mental health and wellbeing

  • Development/evaluation of process and outcome measures

  • Psychological interventions for emotion regulation and mood difficulties

Sponsors and Collaborators

Alyson’s research has been funded by the National Institute for Health Research and the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust.

Current/Recent Projects

Current

Principal Investigator – Understanding what matters to students: Dimensions of quality of life in undergraduates. British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants. With KCL, Work & Wellbeing Ltd, and Student Minds.

Principal Investigator - Mood, wellbeing and university experience: a national longitudinal survey. With the universities of Newcastle, Exeter, Staffordshire, Glasgow, Reading, Manchester, KCL and Student Minds.

Co-Investigator - SMARtEN: Student Mental Health Research Network. UKRI. See https://www.smarten.org.uk/ for more information.

Co-Investigator – Class of 2020: (from Fresher to Graduate): A longitudinal study of the impact of life experiences and personality style on cognitive function, mental health and educational attainment in undergraduate students. With Newcastle University.

Development of an outcome measure to assess functioning in young people with bipolar disorder. With Newcastle University and Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.

Wright, K., Dodd, A. L., Medina-Lara, A., Warren, F., Lynch, T., Dunn, B., Jones, S. H., Taylor, R. & Pragnell, L. (2017-2019). The clinical and cost effectiveness of adapted Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for Bipolar Mood Instability in primary care (ThrIVe-B programme): A feasibility study. National Institute of Health Research, Research for Patient Benefit. £261,698 - Co-Investigator

 

Recently completed

Lobban, F., Diggle, P., Dodd, A. L., Mallinson, S., Jones, S. H., Morriss, R., Stevenson-Turner, K., & Dagnan, D. (2012-2015). A pilot study to assess the feasibility of a web-based intervention for prevention of relapse in bipolar disorder (ERP-Online). National Institute of Health Research, Research for Patient Benefit. £239,997 - Co-Investigator

Dodd, A. (2013). Psychological processes and bipolar disorder. Early Career Small Grant, Lancaster University. £6800 – Principal Investigator

Key Publications

Wright, K., Dodd, A. L., Warren, F., Medina-Lara, A., Taylor, R., Jones, S., Owens, C., Javaid, MM., Dunn, B., Harvey, J., Newbold, A. & Lynch, T. (in press). The clinical and cost effectiveness of adapted Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for Bipolar Mood Instability in primary care (ThrIVe-B programme): A feasibility study. Trials.

Bradstreet, S., Dodd, A. L., & Jones, S. (in press). Internalised stigma in mental health: an investigation of the role of attachment style. Psychiatry Research. doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2018.03.047

Musiat, P., Potterton, R., Gordon, G., Spencer, L., Zeiler, M., Waldherr, K., Kuso, S., Nitsch, M., Adamcik, T., Wagner, G., Karwautz, A., Ebert, D., Dodd, A….and Schmidt, U. (accepted for publication). Web-based indicated prevention of common mental disorders in university students in four European countries – study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Internet Interventions.

Dodd, A. L., Mallinson, S., Griffiths, M., Morriss, R., Jones, S. H. & Lobban, F. (2017). Users’ experiences of an online intervention for bipolar disorder: important lessons for design and evaluation. Evidence-Based Mental Health, 20, 133-139. dx.doi.org/10.1136/eb-2017-102754

Kelly, R. E., Dodd, A. L., & Mansell, W. (2017). “When my moods drive upwards there is nothing I can do about it”: A review of extreme appraisals of internal states and the bipolar spectrum. Frontiers in Psychology. 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01235

Dodd, A. L., Lobban, F., Mezes, B. & Jones, S. H. (2017). Psychological mechanisms and the ups and downs of personal recovery in bipolar disorder. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 53(3), 310-328. doi: 10.1111/bjc.12140

Dodd, A. L. & Haigh, M. (2017). Non-reflective thinkers apply extreme personal meanings to their activated moods. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 45(5), 483-496. doi: 10.1017/S1352465817000248

Lobban, F., Dodd, A. L., Sawczuk, A. P., Asar, O., Dagnan, D., Diggle, P. J., Griffiths, M., Honary, M., Knowles, D., Long, R., Morris, R., Parker, R. & Jones, S. H. (2017). Randomised controlled trial to assess feasibility and acceptability of web-based enhanced relapse prevention for bipolar disorder (ERPonline). Journal of Medical Internet Research. 19(3):e85. DOI: 10.2196/jmir.7008

Haigh, M. & Dodd, A. L. (2017). Extreme cognitions are associated with diminished ability to use disconfirming evidence. Psychology & Psychotherapy: Theory, Research & Practice, 90(1), 70-83. DOI: 10.1111/papt.12096

Algorta, G. P., Dodd, A. L., Stringaris, A., Youngstrom, E. A. (2016). Diagnostic efficiency of the SDQ for Parents to identify ADHD in the UK: A ROC analysis. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 25(9), 949-957

Palmier-Claus, J., Dodd, A. L., Tai, S., Emsley, R. & Mansell, W. (2016). Appraisals to Affect: Testing the Integrative Cognitive Model of Bipolar Disorder. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 55(3), 225-35. doi: 10.1111/bjc.12081

Fisk, C., Dodd, A. L., & Collins, A. (2015). Response styles, bipolar risk and mood in students: The Behaviours Checklist. Psychology & Psychotherapy: Theory, Research & Practice, 88(4), 412-42. DOI: 10.1111/papt.12052

Lobban, F., Dodd, A. L., & ERP Team (2015). Feasibility and Acceptability of Web-based Enhanced Relapse Prevention for Bipolar Disorder (ERPonline): Trial Protocol.  Contemporary Clinical Trials, 41, 100-109.

Jones, S., Dodd, A., & Gruber, J. (2014). Development and Validation of a New Multidimensional Measure of Inspiration: Associations with Risk for Bipolar Disorder. PLoS ONE 9(3): e91669. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.009166

Dodd, A. L., Mansell, W., Beck, R. A. & Tai, S. (2013). Self appraisals of internal states and risk of analogue bipolar symptoms in student samples:  Evidence from standardised behavioural observations and a diary study. Cognitive Therapy & Research.  37: 981-995

Kelly, R. E., Mansell, W., Wood, A. M., Alatiq, Y., Dodd, A., & Searson, R. (2011). Extreme and conflicting appraisals of activated internal states discriminate remitted bipolar disorder from remitted unipolar depression and non-clinical controls. Journal of Affective Disorders, 134 (1-3): 438-443

Dodd, A. L., Mansell, W., Morrison, A. P., & Tai, S (2011). Extreme appraisals of internal states and bipolar symptoms: The Hypomanic Attitudes and Positive Predictions Inventory. Psychological Assessment, 23 (3): 635-645

Dodd, A. L., Mansell, W., Bentall, R. P., & Tai, S. (2011). Do extreme beliefs about internal states predict mood swings in an analogue sample? Cognitive Therapy & Research, 35 (6): 497-504. 

Dodd, A. L., Mansell, W., Morrison, A. P., & Tai, S. (2011). Bipolar vulnerability and extreme appraisals of internal states: A computerised ratings study. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 18(5): 387-396.

Dodd, A. L., Mansell, W., Morrison, A. P., & Tai, S. (2011). Factor structure of the Hypomanic Attitudes and Positive Predictions Inventory and associations with analogue symptoms in a student sample. Personality & Individual Differences, 50 (3), 349-354

Mansell, W., Paszec, G., Seal, K., Pedley, R., Jones, S., Thomas, N., Mannion, H., Saatsi, S., & Dodd, A. L. (2011). Extreme appraisals of internal states in bipolar I disorder: A multiple control group study.  Cognitive Therapy & Research, 35 (1), 87-97

Dodd, A. L., Mansell, W., Sadhnani, V., Morrison, A. P., & Tai, S. (2010). Principal components analysis of the Hypomanic Attitudes and Positive Predictions Inventory associations with measures of personality, cognitive style and analogue symptoms in a student sample. Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy, 38 (1), 15-35

For a full list of publications please see Alyson’s Northumbria Research Link profile or Google Scholar profile

PGR Supervision

  • Psychosocial processes/mechanisms underlying mood dysregulation in non-clinical and clinical groups (i.e. bipolar disorder)
  • Automatic and effortful mood regulation


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