School:Psychology and Sport Science
Julia is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and Clinical Psychologist working in a specialist mental health service for adults with a diagnosis of Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Her research interests include clinical psychology, cross-cultural psychology, and individual differences in risk and resilience in mental health.
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Julia joined ARU as a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology in April 2022. She also works as a Clinical Psychologist in a specialist NHS mental health service for adult survivors of complex trauma with a diagnosis of Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In her clinical practice, she delivers (trauma-focused) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Prior to her DClinPsy, Julia completed a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, investigating the neural basis of social processing in depression and a MSc in War and Psychiatry, examining levels of psychological distress in refugees.
See above research interests. Contact Julia if you are interested in discussing a potential research project.
Topol Digital Fellow, Health Education England, NHS, UK
Ottisova, L., Gillard, J. (joint first authors), Wood, M., Langford, S., Haris, A., Wild, J., Bloomfield, M., Robertson, M (2022). Effectiveness of psychosocial interventions in response to disasters in mitigating adverse mental health outcomes in healthcare workers: a systematic review. Journal of Traumatic Stress. 1- 13. doi.org/10.1002/jts.22780
Hitchcock, C., Goodall, B., Wright, I.M., Boyle, A., Johnston, D., Dunning, D., Gillard, J., Griffiths, K., Humphrey, A., McKinnon, A., Panesar, I.K., Werner-Seidler, A., Watson, P., Smith, P., Meiser-Stedman, R. and Dalgleish, T. (2022), The early course and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder in very young children: diagnostic prevalence and predictors in hospital-attending children and a randomized controlled proof-of-concept trial of trauma-focused cognitive therapy, for 3- to 8-year-olds. J Child Psychol Psychiatr, 63: 58-67. doi.org/10.1111/jcpp.13460
Gillard, J., Stretton, J., Gormley, S., Griffiths, K., Hitchcock, C., Dalgleish, T. (2021). Converging evidence for enduring perceptions of low social status in individuals in remission from depression. Journal of Affective Disorders, 294, pp661-670. doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2021.07.083
Jobson, L., Mirabolfathi, V., Moshirpanahi, S., Parhoon, H., Gillard, J., Muhktar, F., Moradi, A. & Mohan, S. (2019). Investigating Emotion in Malay, Australian and Iranian Individuals with and without Depression. Nature Scientific reports 9 (1), 1-11. doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-54775-x
Werner-Seidler, A., Hitchcock, C., Bevan, A., McKinnon, A., Gillard, J., Dahm, T., Chadwick, I., Panesar, I., Breakwell, L., Mueller, V., Rodrigues, E., Rees, C., Gormley, S., Schweizer, S., Watson, P., Raes, F., Jobson, L & Dagleish, T. (2018). A cluster randomized controlled platform trial comparing group MEmory specificity training (MEST) to group psychoeducation and supportive counselling (PSC) in the treatment of recurrent depression. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 105, 1-9. doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2018.03.004
Hitchcock, C., Gormley, S., Rees, C., Rodrigues, E., Rodrigues, E., Wright, I., Gillard, J., Panesar, I., Wright, I., Hammond, E., Watson, P., Werner-Seidler, A. &Dalgleish, T. (2018). A randomised controlled trial of memory flexibility training (MemFlex) to enhance memory flexibility and reduce depressive symptomatology in individuals with major depressive disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 110, 22-30, doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2018.08.008
Hitchcock, C., Gormley, S., O’Leary, C., Rodrigues, E., Wright, I., Griffiths, K., Gillard, J., Watson, P., Hammond, E., Werner-Seidler, A. & Dalgleish, T. (2018). Study protocol for a randomised, controlled platform trial estimating the effect of autobiographical Memory Flexibility training (MemFlex) on relapse of recurrent major depressive disorder. BMJ Open, 8:e018194. doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018194
Petrini, K., McAleer, P., Neary, C., Gillard, J., & Pollick, F.E. (2014). Experience in judging intent to harm modulates parahippocampal activity: An fMRI study with experienced CCTV operators. Cortex, 57, 74-91. doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2014.02.026
Morris, E. D., Kim, S. J., Franco, N., Cavallo, D., Gillard, J., Zheng, M. Q., & Krishnan-Sarin, S. (2012). Occupancy of naltrexone at kappa opioid receptors may predict efficacy in reducing drinking in alcoholics. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab, 32, 91-92.