People with disabilities are often at increased risk of developing mental health problems compared to people without disabilities; yet, they have lower rates of accessing mental health services. We are interested in exploring:
- the range of psychological therapies available to people with intellectual, physical and sensory disabilities in terms of actual access rates, therapist confidence, and adjustments made to improve the accessibility of psychological therapies.
- how computerised psychological interventions can be implemented in inclusive educational and therapeutic settings to improve mental well-being and reduce mental health problems.
- Pudelwohl: Development and pilot study of an interactive tablet-app to improve the subjective well-being of people with intellectual disabilities.
- Access-id: Exploring the perspectives of people with intellectual disability regarding the accessibility of an online mood-management website and an online therapist-guided intervention for depression
- Co-development of an interactive digital intervention to promote the well-being of people with intellectual disabilities
- Feasibility and Acceptability of an Interactive Mental Well-Being Intervention for People With Intellectual Disabilities: Pilot Mixed Methods Study
The tendency to make hostile attributions in ambiguous social situations represents a cognitive bias associated with aggression. Most research aiming to assess and modify cognitive biases does not include children and young people with neurodevelopmental disorders or special educational needs, despite their high prevalence of externalising and internalising problems that might be partly explained by cognitive biases.
In her research, Mrs Nora Schmidt focuses on:
- Investigating interpersonal cognitive biases in children and young people with neurodevelopmental disorders, a group at high risk of psychiatric comorbidity. This includes looking at the extent to which children and young people with neurodevelopment disorders and special educational needs have been included or explicitly excluded from interventions targeting interpersonal cognitive bias with the objective to explore the effectiveness of such interventions in CYP with NDD and the inclusiveness of CBM research toward NDD
- Developing and evaluating an online CBM-I interventions to reduce hostile attributions and reactive aggression in pupils with and without neurodevelopment disorders or special educational needs in inclusive schools.
- Developing an accessible measure of hostile attribution bias that can be used with children with and without special educational needs.
- Inclusiveness of cognitive bias modification research toward children and young people with neurodevelopmental disorders: A systematic review
RAISE-Project - Restorative Approaches in Inclusive School Environments:
Development and evaluation of teacher training workshops to improve their competence in managing classroom conflicts and to improve student-student and student-teacher relationships