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

Key publications are highlighted

Pearson DG, Deeprose C, Wallace-Hadrill SMA, Burnett Heyes S & Holmes EA 2013 'Assessing mental imagery in clinical psychology: a review of imagery measures and a guiding framework' Clin Psychol Rev 33, (1) 1-23 Author Site , DOI
Deeprose C 2013 'Test article 5 - testing Elements for the REF' British Journal of Elements Testing 4, (3) 10-12 , DOI
Deeprose C 2013 'Test article 7 - another one to try out the instructions' British Journal of Elements Testing 76, (3) 15-16 , DOI
Deeprose C 2013 'Test article 8 - another spare to test on' International Journal of Testing 28, (2) 13-35 , DOI
Holmes EA, James EL, Kilford EJ & Deeprose C 2012 'Correction: Key Steps in Developing a Cognitive Vaccine against Traumatic Flashbacks: Visuospatial Tetris versus Verbal Pub Quiz' PLoS One 7, (11) Author Site , DOI
Deeprose C, Zhang S, Dejong H, Dalgleish T & Holmes EA 2012 'Imagery in the aftermath of viewing a traumatic film: using cognitive tasks to modulate the development of involuntary memory' J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry 43, (2) 758-764 Author Site , DOI
Hales SA, Deeprose C, Goodwin GM & Holmes EA 2011 'Cognitions in bipolar affective disorder and unipolar depression: imagining suicide' Bipolar Disord 13, (7-8) 651-661 Author Site , DOI
Deeprose C, Malik A & Holmes EA 2011 'Measuring Intrusive Prospective Imagery using the Impact of Future Events Scale: Psychometric Properties and Relation to Risk for Bipolar Disorder' INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE THERAPY 4, (2) 187-196 Author Site
Holmes EA, Deeprose C, Fairburn CG, Wallace-Hadrill SMA, Bonsall MB, Geddes JR & Goodwin GM 2011 'Mood stability versus mood instability in bipolar disorder: a possible role for emotional mental imagery' Behav Res Ther 49, (10) 707-713 Author Site , DOI
Morina N, Deeprose C, Pusowski C, Schmid M & Holmes EA 2011 'Prospective mental imagery in patients with major depressive disorder or anxiety disorders' J Anxiety Disord 25, (8) 1032-1037 Author Site , DOI
Deeprose C & Holmes EA 2010 'An exploration of prospective imagery: the impact of future events scale' Behav Cogn Psychother 38, (2) 201-209 Author Site , DOI
Holmes EA, James EL, Kilford EJ & Deeprose C 2010 'Key steps in developing a cognitive vaccine against traumatic flashbacks: visuospatial Tetris versus verbal Pub Quiz' PLoS One 5, (11) Author Site , DOI
Wesnes KA, Annas P, Edgar CJ, Deeprose C, Karlsten R, Philipp A, Kalliomäki J & Segerdahl M 2010 'Nabilone produces marked impairments to cognitive function and changes in subjective state in healthy volunteers' J Psychopharmacol 24, (11) 1659-1669 Author Site , DOI
Holmes EA, James EL, Coode-Bate T & Deeprose C 2009 'Can playing the computer game "Tetris" reduce the build-up of flashbacks for trauma? A proposal from cognitive science' PLoS One 4, (1) Author Site , DOI
Holmes EA, Lang TJ & Deeprose C 2009 'Mental imagery and emotion in treatment across disorders: using the example of depression' Cogn Behav Ther 38 Suppl 1, 21-28 Author Site , DOI
Andrade J, Deeprose C & Barker I 2008 'Awareness and memory function during paediatric anaesthesia' Br J Anaesth 100, (3) 389-396 Author Site , DOI
Deeprose C & Andrade J 2007 'Unconscious memory formation during anaesthesia' Best Practice & Research Clinical Anaesthesiology 21, (3) 385-401
Andrade J & Deeprose C 2006 'A starting point for consciousness research: Reply to Thomas Schmidt' CONSCIOUSNESS AND COGNITION 15, (1) 28-30 Author Site , DOI
Deeprose C & Andrade J 2006 'Is priming during anesthesia unconscious?' Conscious Cogn 15, (1) 1-23 Author Site , DOI
Deeprose C, Andrade J, Harrison D & Edwards N 2005 'Unconscious auditory priming during surgery with propofol and nitrous oxide anaesthesia: a replication' Br J Anaesth 94, (1) 57-62 Author Site , DOI
Deeprose C, Andrade J, Varma S & Edwards N 2004 'Unconscious learning during surgery with propofol anaesthesia' Br J Anaesth 92, (2) 171-177 Author Site
Barker I, Deeprose C & Andrade J 2003 'Response to editorial by Davidson' Paediatr Anaesth 13, (7) Author Site
Conference Papers
Holmes EA, Deeprose C, Geddes J & Goodwin GM 2009 'Does mental imagery act as an emotional amplifier in Bipolar Disorder? Initial findings for a catalyst of mood instability' //0 //0 47-48 PEARL