I am an ESRC New Investigator 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
Hitchcock, C., Goodall, B., … Dalgleish, T. (2021). The acute course and treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in very young children: Diagnostic prevalence and predictors in hospital-attending children and a randomised controlled proof-of-concept trial of trauma-focused cognitive therapy for 3-8 year olds. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. doi:10.1111/jcpp.13460
Moradi, A. R., Piltan, M., … Hitchcock, C. (2021). Proof-of-concept for the autobiographical Memory Flexibility (MemFlex) intervention for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Clinical Psychological Science. doi: 10.1177/2167702620982576
Piltan, M., Moradi, A. R., Chobin, M. H., Azadfallah, P., Eskandari, S., & Hitchcock, C. (2021). Impaired autobiographical memory flexibility in Iranian trauma survivors with posttraumatic stress disorder. Clinical Psychological Science. doi: 10.1177/2167702620953637
Hitchcock, C., Goodall, B., Sharples, O., Meiser-Stedman, R., Watson, P., Ford, T., & Dalgleish, T. (2021). Population prevalence of the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder subtype for young children in nationwide surveys of the British general population and of children-in-care. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2020.12.036
Hitchcock, C., Smith, A. J., Elliott, R., O’Leary, C., Gormley, S., Parker, J., ... & Dalgleish, T. (2021). A randomized, controlled proof-of-concept trial evaluating durable effects of Memory Flexibility Training (MemFlex) on autobiographical memory distortions and on relapse of recurrent Major Depressive Disorder over 12 months. Behaviour Research and Therapy. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2021.103835
Barry, T. J., Hallford, D. J., Hitchcock, C., Takano, K., & Raes, F. (2021). The current state of Memory Specificity Training (MeST) for emotional disorders. Current Opinion in Psychology. doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2021.02.002
de Haan, A., Hitchcock, C., Meiser-Stedman, R., Landolt, M. A., Kuhn, I., ... & Dalgleish, T. (2021). Efficacy and moderators of efficacy of trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapies in children and adolescents: protocol for an individual participant data meta-analysis from randomised trials. BMJ Open, 11. e047212.
Elliott, R., McKinnon, A., Dixon, C., Boyle, A., …. Hitchcock, C. (2020). Prevalence and predictive value of ICD-11 posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD diagnoses in children and adolescents exposed to a single-event trauma. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 62. 270-276.
Werner-Seidler, A., Hitchcock, C., Hammond, E., Hill, E., … Dalgleish, T. (2020) Emotional complexity across the life story: Elevated negative emodiversity and diminished positive emodiversity in sufferers of recurrent depression. Journal of Affective Disorders, 273. 106-112.
Clifford, G., Hitchcock, C., & Dalgleish, T. (2020). Fractured pasts: The structure of the life story in sexual-trauma survivors with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Clinical Psychological Science, 8. 723-738.
Clifford, G., Hitchcock, C., & Dalgleish, T. (2020). Negative and positive emotional complexity in the autobiographical representations of sexual trauma survivors. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 126, 103551.
Hitchcock, C., Newby, J., Jarvis, E., Howard, R., Golden, A-M., Kuyken, W., & Dalgleish, T. (2019). Memory fluency for positive and negative autobiographical events in depression: Performance on the Good Day - Bad Day Task. Journal of Experiment Psychology: General, 149. 198-206.
Clifford, G., Hitchcock, C., & Dalgleish, T. (2019). Compartmentalization of self-representations in female survivors of sexual abuse and assault, with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Psychological Medicine, 50. 956-963.