Admission Price: Free to enter
Speaker: Dr Shirley Thomas
The Centre for Language and Communication Science Research at the School of Health Science, City, University of London welcomes Dr Shirley Thomas to discuss their research on behavioural activation as a psychological intervention for post-stroke depression as part of the research seminar series.
About one-third of people become depressed after stroke. Depression can have a negative impact on recovery, quality of life and carer strain. There is currently insufficient evidence for the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of psychological therapies for post-stroke depression. People with communication problems or cognitive problems are often excluded from studies evaluating psychological interventions. In the presentation I will talk about behavioural activation as a psychological intervention for depression that can potentially be delivered to a wide range of stroke survivors. The Communication and Low Mood (CALM) study was a multicentre randomised controlled trial (RCT) of behavioural activation with 105 participants who had aphasia and low mood and had promising results. The recently completed behavioural activation therapy for post-stroke depression (BEADS) trial was a multicentre feasibility trial with nested qualitative research and economic evaluation with 48 participants which included both people with and without aphasia. I will present the main findings from these studies, reflect on our experiences of this research and discuss areas for future research and practice.
About the speaker
Shirley Thomas is an Associate Professor in Rehabilitation Psychology at the University of Nottingham. Shirley is a Health Psychologist and her main research interest is in the psychological impact of stroke, particularly the assessment and treatment of mood problems following stroke. She completed a multicentre randomised controlled trial of behavioural therapy to treat low mood in people who have aphasia following a stroke (the CALM study), funded by the Stroke Association. She has recently completed an NIHR-HTA funded feasibility trial of behavioural activation for post-stroke depression (the BEADS study). She is a collaborator on a range of other studies including a biopsychosocial intervention for stroke carers, a feasibility study of a group psychoeducational intervention for people with TIA and minor stroke, solution focused brief therapy for people with aphasia, and peer befriending for people with aphasia.
A light lunch with refreshments will be provided. Further information and event timings can be found on our website.
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12.45pm - 2.00pmMonday 14th January 2019