Dr Catherine Deeprose

Dr Catherine Deeprose

Lecturer in Psychology

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health & Human Sciences)


Lecturer in Psychology
MPsych Clinical Pathway Leader


PhD in Psychology, University of Sheffield, 1999 - 2002
Postgradute Certificate in Higher Education, University of Sheffield, 2000 - 2002

Research Associate, University of Sheffield, 2002 - 2005
Scientific Manager, Cognitive Drug Research, 2005 - 2008
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford, 2008 - 2010

Honorary Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford, 2010 - current
Lecturer in Psychology, University of Plymouth, 2012 - current

Professional membership

British Psychological Society, Associate Fellow and Chartered Psychologist
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research interests

My research interests are at the interface of cognitive and clinical psychology. I am particularly interested in the role of cognitive vulnerability factors in the development of psychopathology.

Key themes are:

1) Autobiographical and prospective memory in clinical disorders, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder
2) Cognition and emotion in normal and pathological aging
3) Cognitive function and cognition assessment

Current work is investigating how changes in cognitive function through normal and pathological aging may influence autobiographical and prospective memory, and the impact this may have on the development and maintenance of clinical disorders such as depression in older adults.

I collaborate with NeuroCoRe (The Neuro-Cognitive Research Centre; http://www.neurocore.org.uk/).

Autobiographical Memory

Involuntary memories for previously experienced traumatic or stressful events are the hallmark symptom of posttraumatic stress disorder but are also known to cause significant distress in other clinical disorders, including depression. Current work in collaboration with Professor Jackie Andrade (Plymouth University) examines the cognitive processes underlying the development and maintenance of involuntary memories, as well as potential techniques to modulate these processes. Research conducted in collaboration with Professor Emily Holmes (University of Oxford) has shown that involuntary intrusive memories may be reduced by interference by specific cognitive tasks when completed shortly after a stressful event (Deeprose et al., 2011; Holmes et al., 2009).

Prospective Cognition

Just as past memories can intrude to mind unbidden, future events can also intrude in an involuntary and distressing way, and may have particular relevance to psychopathology. The Impact of Future Events Scale (Deeprose & Holmes, 2010; Deeprose, Malik & Holmes, 2011) provides a measure of the psychological impact of involuntary imagery for the future. This appears to be of importance both in anxiety and depression (Morina, Deeprose, et al., 2011) and also in bipolar disorder (Hales, Deeprose, Goodwin & Holmes, 2011). Ongoing projects include exploring the role of prospective cognition in clinical disorders, and exploring the relationship between involuntary memories of the past and involuntary imagery of the future across the lifespan.

Research groups

  • Centre for Research in Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (CBCB)
  • Behaviour
  • VOYAGE: Rural and urban ageing and health inequalities