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Caitlin Hitchcock
Research staff, Emotion group
01223 355 294

I am a clinical psychologist and Senior Scientist on the Cognition, Emotion, and Mental Health Programme. My research investigates the cognitive processes that contribute to the development and maintenance of emotional disorders. My work advances understanding of the cognitive mechanisms that drive emotional disturbance, and draws from experimental cognitive science to develop novel therapeutic interventions.

Specifically, I am interested in:

  • Methods for enhancing current psychological treatment approaches, and to reduce primary and secondary risk of psychological disorders
  • How the recall of autobiographical memories relates to prognosis for depression and PTSD
  • Whether autobiographical memory-based intervention is able to improve symptoms of emotional disturbance
  • Identification of cognitive processes common across psychological disorders, and development of transdiagnostic interventions which target these processes


  • Werner-Seidler, A.*, Hitchcock, C.*, Bevan, A., McKinnon, A., Breakwell, L., Mueller, V., Gillard, J., Chadwick, I., Schweizer, S., Raes, F., & Dalgleish, T. (2018). A comparison of MEmory Specificity Training (MEST) to education and support (ES) in the treatment of recurrent depression: A randomised controlled trial. Behavior Research and Therapy, 105, 1-9. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2018.03.004. * joint first author
  • Jobson, L., Miskon, N., Dalgleish, T., Hitchcock, C., Hill, E., Golden, A-M., Zulkefly, S., & Mukhtar. F. (2018). Impact of Culture on Autobiographical Life Structure in Depression. British Journal of Clinical Psychology. doi: 10.1111/bjc.12181
  • Hitchcock, C., Golden, A.-M. J., Werner-Seidler, A., Kuyken, W., & Dalgleish, T. (2017). The Impact of Affective Context on Autobiographical Recollection in Depression. Clinical Psychological Science, 2167702617740672. doi:10.1177/2167702617740672
  • Hitchcock, C., Rees, C., & Dalgleish, T. (2017). The devil’s in the detail: Accessibility of specific personal memories supports rose-tinted self-generalizations in mental health and toxic self-generalizations in clinical depression. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 146(9), 1286-1295. doi:10.1037/xge0000343
  • Travers-Hill, E., Dunn, B. D., Hoppitt, L., Hitchcock, C., & Dalgleish, T. (2017). Beneficial effects of training in self-distancing and perspective broadening for people with a history of recurrent depression. Behavior Research and Therapy, 95, 19-28.
  • Hitchcock, C., Werner-Seidler, A., Blackwell, S. E., & Dalgleish, T. (2017). Autobiographical episodic memory-based training for the treatment of mood, anxiety and stress-related disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 52, 92-107. doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2016.12.003
  • Norton, P. J., Gorji, A., Bahmani, D. S., Brand, S., Burgmer, M., Cabrera, C., Deacon, B. J., Drummond, S. P. A., Hitchcock, C., Rosenbaum, S., & Ward, P. B. (2017). Trauma, anxiety, and depression in Iran: A report from the 3rd International Anxiety Congress in Iran. The Behavior Therapist, 40, 192-194.
  • Hitchcock, C. & Westwell, M. S. (2016). A cluster-randomised controlled trial of the impact of Cogmed Working Memory Training on both academic performance and regulation of social, emotional, and behavioural challenges. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 58, 140-150. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12638

  • Hitchcock, C., Mueller, V., Hammond, E., Rees, C., Werner-Seidler, A. & Dalgleish, T. (2016). The effects of autobiographical Memory Flexibility (MemFlex) training: An uncontrolled trial in individuals in remission from depression. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 52. 92-98. doi:10.1016/j.jbtep.2016.03.012

  • Hitchcock, C., Hammond, E., Rees, C., Panesar, I., Watson, P., Werner-Seidler, A., & Dalgleish, T. (2015). Memory Flexibility training (MemFlex) to reduce depressive symptomatology in individuals with major depressive disorder: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 16, 494. doi:10.1186/s13063-015-1029-y

  • Hitchcock, C., Ellis, A., Williamson, P., & Nixon, R. V. (2015). The Prospective Role of Cognitive Appraisals and Social Support in Predicting Children’s Posttraumatic Stress. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 43, 1485-1492. doi:10.1007/s10802-015-0034-7

  • Dalgleish, T., Bevan, A., McKinnon, A., Breakwell, L., Mueller, V., Chadwick, I., Schweizer, S., Hitchcock, C., Watson, P. & Raes, F. (2014). A comparison of MEmory Specificity Training (MEST) to education and support (ES) in the treatment of recurrent depression: study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial. Trials, 15. 293. doi: 10.1186/1745-6215-15-293

  • Hitchcock, C., Nixon, R. D. V., & Weber, N. (2014). A review of overgeneral memory in child psychopathology. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 53. 170- 193. doi:  10.1111/bjc.12034

  • Hitchcock, C., Nixon, R. D. V., & Weber, N. (2014). A longitudinal examination of overgeneral memory and psychopathology in children following recent trauma exposure. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 28. 531–538. doi: 10.1002/acp.3027
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