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Dr Ross White BSc, PhD, DClinPsy, CPsychol, FHEA, FACBS

Reader in Clinical Psychology Primary Care & Mental Health

Research

Global Mental Health

I have a strong interest in Global Mental Health. I was a co-editor of the ‘Palgrave Handbook for Global Mental Health: Socio-cultural Perspectives’ (http://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9781137395092). I am involved in research collaborations with the WHO and UNHCR investigating the efficacy of psychological interventions for refugees in low-income countries (http://www.elrha.org/map-location/who-psychosocial-selfhelp-call2/) and across the EU (https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/213037_en.html). This includes an interest in the processes involved in the linguistic/cultural adaptation of psychological therapies. I was a co-investigator on the AHRC funded 'Researching Multilingually at the Borders of language, the Body, Law and State' project (http://researching-multilingually-at-borders.com/) and 'Idioms of distress, resilience and wellbeing' (http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/projects?ref=AH%2FP009786%2F1) projects.

Investigating acceptance based psychological interventions for psychosis

I have extensive experience of conducting research investigating the emotional impact that the experience of psychosis can have on people. In recent years, I have secured research funding to conduct randomised controlled trials and process evaluations of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for promoting emotional adaptation following psychosis. I was Principal Investigator on the first ever blind RCT of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for psychosis, which led to further grant funding being secured to conduct further trials. I am committed to exploring the role that acceptance-based interventions (including ACT and mindfulness-based interventions) can play in promoting emotional regulation across a range of psychological and somatic symptoms.

Research Grants

Treating common mental disorders in Congolese refugees in Uganda and Rwanda: Culturally adapting and evaluating the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of community-based sociotherapy

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (ESRC), UK RESEARCH AND INNOVATION (UKRI) (UK)

September 2018 - September 2021

Feasibility study for a proposed trial of an evidence-based low intensity psychosocial intervention delivered by lay therapists for asylum seekers and refugees(PROSPER).

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE (UK) (NIHR)

September 2018 - August 2020

Re-define:Refugee Emergency: DEFining and Implementing Novel Evidence-based psychosocial interventions

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

January 2018 - December 2020

Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language, the Body, Law and the State

ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL (AHRC)

April 2014 - March 2017

Idioms of Distress, Resilience and Well-Being: Enhancing understanding about mental health in multilingual contexts

ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL (AHRC)

November 2016 - July 2017