Sussex Psychosis Research interest Group (SPRiG)

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Welcome to SPRiG

The Sussex Psychosis Research interest Group (SPRiG) incorporates clinical and academic researchers within the University of Sussex, Brighton and Sussex Medical School and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The SPRiG group is part of the Clinical and Developmental research group at the University of Sussex.

Current research includes the contribution of genetics, neuroimaging, psychological processes, health and social contexts to psychosis and well-being outcomes; the development of new psychological therapies, including third wave CBT and computer-based therapies; understanding and addressing childrens’ and adolescents’ attitudes to psychosis, to promote positive non-stigmatising schema; and earlier engagement in help seeking.

We host SPRiG seminars throughout the year at University of Sussex or Sussex Education Centre. Visit our events pages for more information or follow us on Twitter for updates on psychosis new items, research projects and psychosis events. @SPRiGSussex 


Our next seminar is Wednesday 25th January 4.00-5.00pm 

“Preferences for psychological therapies for voice-hearing experiences”

Dr Clio Berry: Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Evaluation and Improvement, Primary Care and Public Health, Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Various forms of specialist psychological interventions have been developed for people who hear voices. When such therapies are offered, uptake by this patient group is often poor. Preferences patients have are one important factor that affects uptake as well as impacting on engagement, satisfaction and outcomes. PREFER is the first known study that surveyed people who hear voices with variable (and no) diagnoses to ask them about what they specifically want in a voice-hearing intervention. This survey was conducted with 26 NHS Trusts across England, recruiting 335 patients from 2020 to 2022. Patients were asked to rank different options for practical and technical elements of therapy, from most to least preferred. The findings of these rankings will be presented. Overall, patients expressed clearer consensus in their preferences for practical elements such as timing and location. More individual difference was observable in preference for more technical elements such as target outcomes. We hope the findings will be used to inform how to best design and offer therapies for patients who hear distressing voices.

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SPRiG Director: Professor Kathy Greenwood
School of Psychology
University of Sussex
East Sussex
United Kingdom

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The Sussex Psychosis Research interest Group (SPRiG) incorporates clinical and academic researchers within @sussexuni @bsmsmedschool & @withoutstigma

Join us tomorrow 25th May at 4-5pm for our SPRiG seminar where Dr Joseph Barnby will talk about “being precise abou……

Join us on Wednesday 27th October 4-5pm where Dr Peter Mosley will be speaking about ‘cognitive models of voice hea……

For anyone who missed our brilliant workshop yesterday on how to build a strong online therapeutic alliance the res……

Join us on Wednesday 6th October 4-5.30 for a workshop on how to build a strong therapeutic alliance online. Everyo……

Thank you to Steph Allan @eolasinntinn for a great talk last week about implementing digital applications for psychosis

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