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Caitlin Hitchcock
Research staff, Emotion group

Caitlin.Hitchcock@mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk
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

Publications:

  • 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. doi:doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2017.05.008
  • 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
CBSU publications
HITCHCOCK, C. , Gormley, S., Rees, C., Rodrigues, E., Gillard, J., Panesar, I., Wright, I.M., Hammond, E., WATSON, P., Werner-Seidler, A., DALGLEISH, T. (In Press) A randomised controlled trial of memory flexibility training (MemFlex) to enhance memory flexibility and reduce depressive symptomatology in individuals with major depressive disorder, Behaviour Research and Therapy [Open Access]

SMITH, D., Meiser-Stedman, R., Johnson, R.D., HITCHCOCK, C. , DALGLEISH, T. (2018) Developing an Emotion- and Memory-Processing Group Intervention for PTSD with complex features: a group case series with survivors of repeated interpersonal trauma., European Journal of Traumatotology [Open Access]

HITCHCOCK, C. , Golden, A-M.J., Werner-Seidler, A., Kuyken, W And DALGLEISH, T. (2018) The Impact of Affective Context on Autobiographical Recollection in Depression, Clinical Psychological Science, 6(3): 315–324. [Open Access]

BLACK, M., HITCHCOCK, C. , BENVAN, A., O’LEAHRY, C., Clarke, J., ELLIOT, R., WATSON, P., Lafortune, L., Rae, S., Gilbody, S., Kuyken, W., Johnston, D., Newby, J., DALGLEISH, T. (2018) The HARMONIC trial: Study protocol for a randomised controlled feasibility trial of Shaping Healthy Minds – a modular transdiagnostic intervention for mood, stress and anxiety disorders in adults, BMJ Open, 8(8), E024546 [Open Access]

Werner-Seidler, A., HITCHCOCK, C. , BEVAN, A., McKinnon, A., GILLARD, J., Dahm, T., Chadwick, I., Panesar, I., Breakwell, L., Mueller, V., Rodrigues, E., Rees, C., Gormley, S., Schweizer, S., WATSON, P., Raes, F., Jobson, L., 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 [Open Access]

HITCHCOCK, C. , DALGLEISH, T. (2018) Study protocol for a ranomised, controlled trial estimating the effect of autobiographical Memory Flexibility Training (MemFlex) on relapse of recurrent Major Depressive Disorder, BMJ Open, 8(1):e018194 [Open Access]

DALGLEISH, T., HITCHCOCK, C. , Rees, C. (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, JEP: General, 146(9):1286-1295 [Open Access]

DALGLEISH, T., Hill, E. Dunn, B., Hoppitt, L., HITCHCOCK, C. (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 [Open Access]

HITCHCOCK, C. , Werner-Seidler, A., Blackwell, S., DALGELISH, 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 [Open Access]

HITCHCOCK, C. , DALGLEISH, T., Mueller, V., Hammond, E., Rees, C., WERNER-SEIDLER, A. (2016) The effects of autobiographical Memory Flexibility (MemFlex) training: An uncontrolled trial in individuals in remission from depression, Journal of Behaviour Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 52, September, 92-98 [Open Access]

DALGLEISH, T., HITCHCOCK, C. , Hammond, E., Rees, C., Panesar, I., WATSON, P.,WERNER-SEIDLER, A. (2015) Memory Flexibility training (MemFlex) to reduce depressive symptomatology in individuals with major depressive disorder: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial., BMC Trials, 16:494 [Open Access]

HITCHCOCK, C. , Ellis,A., Williamson, P. and Nixon, R.D.V. (2015) The prospective role of cognitive appraisals and social support in predicting children’s posttraumatic stress, Abnormal Child Psychology, 43(8), 1485-1492 [Open Access]

HITCHCOCK, C. , Nixon, R.D., Weber, N. (2014) A review of overgeneral memory in child psychopathology, British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 53(2), 170-193 [Read More]

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