Department:School of Psychology and Sport Science
Areas of Expertise: Applied, Social and Health Psychology
Debora is a clinical psychologist and lecturer in psychology.
Before joining ARU in September 2017, Debora worked as a post-doctoral trial coordinator of a mindfulness-based intervention project for people with Parkinson’s disease at City, University 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, she 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.
Module leader for Critical Issues in Health Psychology and Mental Health and Distress. Debora also teaches in the following modules: Clinical Psychology, Psychopathology and Diagnosis and Treatment in Clinical Child Psychology.
Vasconcelos e Sa, D., Barrowclough, C., Hartley, S., 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. doi: 10.1111/bjc.12132
Bogosian A., Hurt C., Vasconcelos e Sa D., Hindle J., McCracken L., Cubi-Molla, P. (2017). Distant delivery of a mindfulness-based intervention for people with Parkinson’s disease: the study protocolo of a randomised pilot trial. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 3:4. doi: 10.1186/s40814-016-0117-4
Vasconcelos e Sa, D., Wearden, A., Hartley, S., Emsley, R., Barrowclough, C. (2016). Expressed Emotion and behaviourally controlling interactions in the daily life of dyads experiencing psychosis. Psychiatry Res. 245:406-413. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2016.08.060
Hartley, S., Haddock, G., Vasconcelos e Sa, D., Emsley, R., Barrowclough, C. (2015). The influence of thought control on the experience of persecutory delusions and auditory hallucinations in daily life. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 65:1-4. doi:10.1016/j.brat.2014.12.002
Hartley, S., Haddock, G., Vasconcelos e Sa, D., Emsley, R., Barrowclough, C. (2013). An experience sampling study of worry and rumination in psychosis. Psychological Medicine, 19: 1-10
Hartley, S., Varese, F., Vasconcelos e Sa, D., Udachina, A., Barrowclough, C., Bentall, R. P., Lewis, S. W., Dunn, G., Haddock, G., Palmier-Claus J. (2013). Compliance in experience sampling methodology: the role of demographic and clinical characteristics. Psychosis 1-4. doi: 10.1080/17522439.2012.752520
Vasconcelos e Sa, D., Wearden, A., 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): 1377-88. doi: 10.1007/s00127-013-0659-1
Berry, K., Gregg, L., Vasconcelos e Sa, D., Haddock, G., Barrowclough, C.(2012). Staff-patient relationship and outcomes in schizophrenia: the role of staff attributions. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 50(3): 210-4. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2012.01.004
Kinrys, G., Vasconcelos e Sa, D., Nery, F. (2007). Adjunctive Zonisamide for treatment refractory anxiety. International Journal of Clinical Practice, 61(6): 1050-105