AACBT24 – Holmes

Professor Emily Holmes

Uppsala University, Sweden

Professor Emily Holmes holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Royal Holloway University of London. She further received a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, UK,. She set up the Experimental Psychopathology & Cognitive Therapies Research Group at the University of Oxford where she became Professor in 2010. She is currently Professor of Psychology at Uppsala University in the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health.

Holmes’ work as a clinical psychologist has fuelled her research questions. She is interested in psychological treatment innovation in mental health – both in creating new techniques and reaching more people. Under the wider umbrella of mental health science, her approach brings together psychology, neuroscience, psychiatry, maths, arts and more.

Her specialization is mental imagery, and has demonstrated that mental imagery has a more powerful impact on emotion than does words. Current research focuses on developing innovative interventions and preventive approaches for distressing (intrusive image-based) memories after psychological trauma.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Arts (UK).

She has had the pleasure of visiting Australia several times and is delighted to be back!

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