NEST

Staff

The NEST collaborators consist of:

Professor Markus Reuber

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Professor Markus Reuber is a Reader at the University of Sheffield and Honorary Consultant Neurologist with a special interest in epilepsy. His research interests include epileptology and neurology including functional imaging in epilepsy, the long-term effects of epilepsy surgery on memory, the effects of epilepsy or anticonvulsant drugs on sex hormones. Most of his research, however, has concentrated on the diagnosis, aetiology and treatment of nonepileptic attacks and a more recent interest in using the methodology of Conversation Analysis to help neurologists with communication challenges (such as taking the history in patients with blackouts, engaging patients in treatment choices or explaining the relevance of psychological treatment to patients with functional neurological symptoms). Thirdly, Professor Reuber is involved in a number of projects intended to improve the management of epilepsy (focusing on medication adherence, neuropsychological side-effects of medication and access to specialist services).

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Professor Allan House

Allan_House.jpg Professor Allan House is the director of the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences and Head of the Academic Unit of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, University of Leeds. He is a member of a multi-disciplinary research group, which undertakes research into psychosocial aspects of physical illness. Their current research has been supported by (among others) Cancer Research UK, the Stroke Association, the National Institute of Health Research, MRC and ESRC. His research interests include: Liaison Psychiatry, Applied Health Research, Overlap between physical and mental disorder, Suicide and self-harm and Medically unexplained symptoms.

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Dr Richard Brown

Image Dr Richard Brown is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and Academic Director of Clinical Psychology Doctorate (ClinPsyD, University of Manchester and Honorary Clinical Psychologist for Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust. Richard's primary research interests are in medically unexplained illness, particularly somatoform and dissociative disorders. His main focus is the cognitive basis of somatization and dissociation, as well as the development and assessment of treatment techniques in this area. He retains active interests in consciousness, executive function, hypnosis and suggestion. His main research projects have also included: Neuropsychological mechanisms of somatic awareness and disturbance, Body-focused attention and medically unexplained symptoms, Hyper-vigilance and the placebo response in chronic musculoskeletal pain, CBT for functional bowel complaints.

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Stephanie Howlett

Image Stephanie Howlett is a Specialist Psychotherapist in the Department of Neurology of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with many years experience of working with psychogenic somatic symptoms. In the past Stephanie has worked with functional bowel disorders. Since 2003 she has been offering a regional psychotherapy service for patients with non-epileptic seizures and other functional neurological symptoms, and has developed an augmented model of psychodynamic interpersonal therapy for working with this group.

Professor Michael Barkham

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Professor Michael Barkham is Director of the Centre for Psychological Services Research (CPSR) at the University of Sheffield and a clinical psychologist by training. His primary interests focus on the processes and outcomes of psychological therapies and he was a member of the Sheffield research team that carried out a series of MRC-funded psychotherapy trials investigating the efficacy of psychodynamic-interpersonal (also known as exploratory) therapy. He continues to be involved in trials that focus on new models of psychological therapies but also works with large practice-based data sets investigating patient outcomes and therapist effects within everyday NHS practice.

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Professor Phil Smith

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Professor Phil Smith has been consultant neurologist in Cardiff since 1996 and previously was consultant neurologist in Cornwall from 1992. Prof Smith's main clinical and research interests are the diagnosis of transient loss of consciousness, and improving medication adherence and patient communication. Prof Smith is President of the UK Chapter of International League Against Epilepsy, co-editor of Practical Neurology and Chair of the Royal College of Physicians´ Specialty Certificate Examination for Neurology.

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Dr Hannah Cock

Image Dr Hannah Cock is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Clinical Neurosciences at St Georges, University of London and Consultant Neurologist in the Atkinson Morley Regional Neuroscience Centre, St Georges Hospital. Hannah is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London), and member of the Association of British Neurologists, the Higher Education Academy, and the International League Against Epilepsy (British Section). Dr Cock has published numerous journal articles, reviews and book chapters on both Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy, and is a regular speaker at conferences and courses, both nationally and internationally. Dr Cock has been involved as a collaborator in a number of multicentre clinical trials and genetic studies. Having moved away from laboratory work, Dr Cock is now involved in developing clinical projects, in particular in relation to statusepilepticus, functional non-epileptic attack disorder and service provision.

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Dr Sumeet Singhal

Image Dr Singhal was appointed as a Consultant Neurologist with interest in Epilepsy at Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham in October 2008. Since then Dr Singhal has
developed a Non-Epileptic Attack (NEA) service, consisting of a dedicated clinic, outpatient provocation testing and a physiotherapy MDT
clinic, receiving referrals from GPs, Neurologists and local Epileptologists. Dr Singhals main research interests consist of Non-epileptic attacks and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

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Dr Cindy Cooper

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Cindy Cooper is currently Director of the Clinical Trials Research Unit (CTRU) at ScHARR. The remit of the CTRU is to support the design and implementation of clinical trials of complex health interventions. Cindy is also Chair of the Yorkshire & Humber Regional Funding Committee for Research for Patient Benefit. Cindy's research interests include: Trials methodology, Psycho-social aspects of long-term conditions, Health technology evaluation, Transcultural research, Public and patient involvement in research. Cindy is the Chair of the Yorkshire & Humber Regional Funding Committee for Research for Patient Benefit Programme, Member of the Faculty of the National Institute for Health Research, Member of the Social Science Trials Methods Group and Member of the MS Society Professional Network - special interest group in mental health & wellbeing.

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