Dr Debora Antoniotti de Vasconcelos e Sa

Lecturer in Psychology

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Psychology and Sport Science

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Applied, Social and Health Psychology

Debora is a clinical psychologist and lecturer in psychology. Her main areas of interests are clinical and family interventions for carers and individuals experiencing psychosis and other mental health and physical conditions.

debora.sa@anglia.ac.uk

Background

Debora's research focuses on Expressed Emotion (attributions and behavioural control) and its impact on clients and carers’ outcome and recovery using Experience Sampling Methodology (ESM).

Before joining ARU in September 2017, Debora worked as a postdoctoral trial coordinator of a mindfulness-based intervention project for people with Parkinson’s disease at City, University of London. Her PhD explored the role of behavioural control, controllability and self-blame attributions in High and Low-Expressed Emotion carers of clients with psychosis, and examined the impact of these beliefs and behaviours on clients’ and carers’ outcomes.

Before moving to the UK, Debora joined the Depression and Anxiety Disorders Research Programme (Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she coordinated clinical psychiatry research trials with individuals with depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders.

 

Spoken Languages

  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • German

Research interests

  • Carers and staff’s expressed emotion, attributions and behavioural control and its impact on client and carer/staff outcome
  • Expressed emotion
  • Psychosis
  • Mental and physical health
  • Interpersonal/family interactions
  • Experience sampling methodology
  • Family and clinical interventions

Areas of research supervision

  • Carers and staff’s expressed emotion, attributions and behavioural control and its impact on client and carer/staff outcome
  • Expressed emotion
  • Psychosis
  • Mental and physical health
  • Interpersonal/family interactions
  • Experience sampling methodology
  • Family and clinical interventions

Teaching

Module leader

  • Mental Health and Distress
  • Clinical Formulation and Treatment

Currently teaching

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Critical Issues in Health Psychology
  • Diagnosis and Treatment in Clinical Child Psychology
  • Introduction to Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Mental Health and Distress

Qualifications

  • PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester, 2014
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Systemic family therapy, Autonoma University of Lisbon, 2003
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology (clinical cognitive-behavioural and systemic therapy), University of Lisbon, 2001

Memberships, editorial boards

British Psychological Society (BPS)

  •  Graduate member of the (MBPsS)
  • Chartered psychologist (# 237718)
  • General Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology

Portuguese Board of Psychologists (OPP)

  • Chartered psychologist and effective member (# 23511)

Selected recent publications

Vasconcelos e Sa, D., Barrowclough, C., Hartley, S. and Wearden, A., 2017. Self‐blame attributions in relatives of people with recent‐onset psychosis: Associations with relatives’ distress and behavioural control. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 56(2), pp.172-188.

Bogosian, A., Hurt, C.S., e Sa, D.V., Hindle, J.V., McCracken, L. and Cubi-Molla, P., 2017. Distant delivery of a mindfulness-based intervention for people with Parkinson’s disease: the study protocol of a randomised pilot trial. Pilot and feasibility studies, 3(1), p.4.

Vasconcelos e Sa, D., Wearden, A., Hartley, S., Emsley, R. and Barrowclough, C., 2016. Expressed Emotion and behaviourally controlling interactions in the daily life of dyads experiencing psychosis. Psychiatry research, 245, pp.406-413.

Hartley, S., Haddock, G., Vasconcelos e Sa, D., Emsley, R. and Barrowclough, C., 2015. The influence of thought control on the experience of persecutory delusions and auditory hallucinations in daily life. Behaviour research and therapy, 65, pp.1-4.

Hartley, S., Haddock, G., e Sa, D.V., Emsley, R. and Barrowclough, C., 2014. An experience sampling study of worry and rumination in psychosis. Psychological medicine, 44(8), pp.1605-1614.

Hartley, S., Varese, F., Vasconcelos e Sa, D., Udachina, A., Barrowclough, C., Bentall, R.P., Lewis, S.W., Dunn, G., Haddock, G. and Palmier-Claus, J., 2014. Compliance in experience sampling methodology: the role of demographic and clinical characteristics. Psychosis, 6(1), pp.70-73.

Vasconcelos e Sa, D., Wearden, A. and Barrowclough, C., 2013. Expressed emotion, types of behavioural control and controllability attributions in relatives of people with recent-onset psychosis. Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology, 48(9), pp.1377-1388.

Berry, K., Gregg, L., e Sa, D.V., Haddock, G. and Barrowclough, C., 2012. Staff–patient relationships and outcomes in schizophrenia: The role of staff attributions. Behaviour research and therapy, 50(3), pp.210-214.