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Congratulations to Dr Ross Bartels who, with his colleagues, has published a 3-study paper in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, entitled ‘Tracking Mouse Trajectories Related to Decisions About Sexual Interest’.

Bartels, R. M., Lister, V. P., Imhoff, R., & Banse, R. (2019). Tracking mouse trajectories related to decisions about sexual interest. Archives of Sexual Behavior. Advanced online version, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-019-1436-3

The paper examines whether mousetracking (a measure of real-time decision-making) can be applied to the assessment of sexual interest, both typical (i.e., towards men or women) and atypical (i.e., towards children vs. adults). Studies 1 and 2 show that men identifying as same-gender attracted or opposite-gender attracted produced the expected pattern of responses (e.g., less curved mouse trajectories and faster response latencies towards their preferred sexual category), while Study 3 showed this same pattern with regards to an interest in adults (versus children) in a teleiophilic sample from the general population. These findings provide advantages over other forms of assessment, as mousetracking highlights the real-time decisions being made towards stimuli. The importance of considering perspective-taking when assessing sexual interest are also discussed. The findings also have implications for the assessment of atypical (or offence-related) interests in forensic populations; a goal for future research.

The paper can be read (via an Enhanced PDF) at: https://rdcu.be/bFRt8

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Dr Ross Bartels has (in collaboration with Professor Theresa Gannon) contributed a chapter entitled “Theories of Rapists” in the new SAGE Encyclopedia of Criminal Psychology.

Details of the book can be found here

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Louise Canacott – a DClinPsy trainee- and Dr Nima Moghaddam have had a new article published:

Canacott, L., Moghaddam, N., & Tickle, A. (2019). Is the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) efficacious for improving personal and clinical recovery outcomes? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/prj0000368

The meta-analyses revealed that, relative to control conditions, WRAP was: (a) superior for promoting self-perceived recovery outcomes (demonstrating a small-but-significant pooled effect), but (b) not superior for reducing clinical symptomatology. However, restriction to randomized-controlled trials revealed one small effect favoring WRAP for reducing depression.

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Congratulations to Dr Phil Willmot who has been awarded an ‘Early Career Researcher Grant’ by the Association of Commonwealth Universities to present at the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services conference in Montreal (25-27th June, 2019).

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Congratulations to Louise Calver (a DClinPsy trainee) and Dr Nima Moghaddam have had a new article published examining how patients adjust to to the experience of head and neck cancer.

For those interested in reading the paper, the reference is below:

Calver, L., Tickle, A., Biswas, S., & Moghaddam, N. (2019). How patients adjust psychologically to the experience of head and neck cancer: A grounded theory. European Journal of Cancer Care,
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ecc.13068

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Dr Ross Bartels (and colleagues Dr Robert Lehmann & Dr David Thornton) have published a paper in the open-access journal Frontiers in Psychiatry (Forensic Psychiatry).

The paper is entitled ‘Validating the utility of the Wilson Sex Fantasy Questionnaire with men who have sexually offended against children‘. It examines whether one of the oldest self-report sexual fantasy measures is valid and useful for use with men who have sexually offended against children, as well as men who report some level of sexual interest in children but have not offended. The study highlights some strengths and limitations that are useful for forensic clinicians and researchers to consider.

The paper can be read and downloaded here – https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00206/full

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Amanda Roberts has received funding form the Society from the Study of Addictions (SSA) to host the first Current Advances in Gambling Research (GAGR) on 12th July 2019 alongside colleagues from UEL.  The conference will be held at University Square Stratford, University of East London and is free to attend.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Current Advances in Gambling Research (2019): Gambling Research in the UK

Fri, 12 July 2019, 09:30 – 16:00 BST

University of East London, Water Lane, London E15 4LZ

The conference aims to bring together inter-disciplinary academic experts in a range of gambling fields, including (but not limited to) behaviour, addiction, clinical treatment services, economics, and neuroscience to discuss the latest data driven developments in research on gambling in a supportive and critically reflective environment. We aim to showcase some of the excellent gambling research being done in the UK, and provide a networking opportunity for researchers. Although primarily a research driven academic conference, attendance is open to everyone.

Up to 8 further presentation slots (15 minutes each) are also available. If you are interested in presenting your research at this conference, please submit an abstract via the following link (max 1750 characters):

https://uelpsych.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d1mt0jEPiJ55153

The deadline for abstract submission is MONDAY 13th MAY. Successful submissions will be notified by Friday 17th May.

The deadline for conference registration is MONDAY 24th JUNE.

For more details please see: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/current-advances-in-gambling-research-2019-gambling-research-in-the-uk-tickets-59814857850?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

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Amanda Roberts and her colleagues have had two new papers accepted for publication on the topic of problematic gambling.

For those interested in reading the papers when they are published, the references are below:

Sharman, S., Murphy, R., Turner, J. & Roberts, A (2019). Psychosocial correlates in treatment seeking gamblers: Differences in early age onset gamblers vs later age onset gamblers. Addictive Behaviors.  

Rogers, J., Landon, J., Sharman, J., & Roberts, A. (2019).  Anonymous women? A scoping review of the experiences of women in Gamblers Anonymous (GA).  International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction.

In addition to these, Amanda and colleague also recently published a paper examining whether GPS should screen for gambling disorders.

Roberts, A., Bowden Jones, H., Roberts, D. & Sharman, S. (2019). Should GPs routinely screen for gambling disorders? British Journal of General Practice,  69  (682):  226-227.

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