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Dr Holly Sugg

Dr Holly Sugg

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Complex Interventions)

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 South Cloisters 3.01

 

South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

Overview

Holly is a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Complex Interventions Research Group based at the University of Exeter Medical School. Holly specialises in mental health services research and, in particular, the development, evaluation and implementation of psychological therapies for depression. She is currently continuing work from her PhD with Professor David Richards and Dr Julia Frost, focusing on (1) using mixed methods research to personalise psychological therapies; (2) evaluating Morita Therapy in the UK.

Holly is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society. During the completion of her PGDip in Psychology and MSc in Psychological Research Methods, Holly co-ordinated the University of Exeter Mood Disorders Centre AccEPT Clinic, and contributed to a number of research projects in the department (focusing on psychological therapies for depression, and mental health services research). In 2017, Holly completed her PhD (entitled "Morita Therapy for Depression and Anxiety: Intervention Optimisation and Feasibility Study") in which she used a mixed methods approach to develop and test Morita Therapy, a Japanese psychological therapy for common mental health problems which was formerly untested in the UK.

Qualifications

  • PhD Medical Studies
  • MSc Psychological Research Methods
  • PGDip (Conversion for Postgraduates) Psychology
  • LL.B (Hons.) Law

Research group links

Research

Research interests

Holly's research broadly focuses on the development, evaluation, implementation and personalisation of complex interventions for mental health problems, especially psychological therapies for depression. Holly has skills in both quantitative and qualitative research, and in undertaking mixed methods analysis, and experience in both optimising and piloting psychological therapies across cultures. Her specific interests are:

  • The design and conduct of mixed methods research;
  • Precision medicine, or the personalisation of psychological therapies for depression, and the possible value of an integrative mixed methods approach in this field;
  • Morita Therapy, a Japanese psychological therapy, as a potential treatment for depression and anxiety in the UK;
  • Cross-cultural perspectives on wellbeing, and the differential experience and treatment of mental health problems across cultures;
  • Cross-cultural optimisation and tailoring of psychological therapies.

Research projects

  • The Morita Trial, Chief Investigator
  • Morita Therapy for Depression and Anxiety: Intervention Optimisation and Feasibility Study, PhD Candidate
  • Icebreak (Services for Young People with Early Indicators of Personality Disorder), Research Assistant
  • The nature and role of mindfulness practice following completion of a Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy Group: A mixed methods, longitudinal, exploratory study, MSc Student
  • A Delphi study to define 'Treatment Resistant Depression': The Exeter Consensus Statement, Research Assistant
  • PREVENT (Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy compared with maintenance antidepressant treatment in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence), Research Assistant
  • CoBalT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as an Adjunct to Pharmacotherapy for patients with treatment resistant depression), Research Administrator

Research grants

  • 2014 University of Exeter Medical School
    PhD Studentship

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Pentecost C, Frost J, Sugg H, Goodwin V, Richards DA (In Press). Patients’ and nurses’ experiences of fundamental nursing care: a systematic review and qualitative synthesis. Journal of Clinical Nursing Full text.
Sugg HVR, Frost J, Richards D (2019). Morita Therapy for depression (Morita Trial): an embedded qualitative study of acceptability. BMJ Open, 9 Full text.
Sugg HVR, Richards D, Julia F (2018). Morita Therapy for depression (Morita Trial): a pilot randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 8 Abstract.  Full text.
Sugg HVR, Richards DA, Frost J (2017). Optimising the acceptability and feasibility of novel complex interventions: an iterative, person-based approach to developing the UK Morita therapy outpatient protocol. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 3(1). Full text.
sugg H, richards D, Frost J (2016). Morita therapy for depression and anxiety (Morita Trial): study protocol for a pilot randomised controlled trial. Trials, 17 Full text.
Jenkinson CE, Winder RE, Sugg HVR, Roberts MJ, Ridgway N, Kuyken W, Wiles N, Kessler D, Campbell J (2014). Why do GPs exclude patients from participating in research? an exploration of adherence to and divergence from trial criteria. Fam Pract, 31(3), 364-370. Abstract.  Author URL.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Pentecost C, Frost J, Sugg H, Goodwin V, Richards DA (In Press). Patients’ and nurses’ experiences of fundamental nursing care: a systematic review and qualitative synthesis. Journal of Clinical Nursing Full text.
Sugg HVR, Frost J, Richards D (2019). Morita Therapy for depression (Morita Trial): an embedded qualitative study of acceptability. BMJ Open, 9 Full text.
Sugg HVR, Richards D, Julia F (2018). Morita Therapy for depression (Morita Trial): a pilot randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 8 Abstract.  Full text.
Sugg HVR, Richards DA, Frost J (2017). Optimising the acceptability and feasibility of novel complex interventions: an iterative, person-based approach to developing the UK Morita therapy outpatient protocol. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 3(1). Full text.
sugg H, richards D, Frost J (2016). Morita therapy for depression and anxiety (Morita Trial): study protocol for a pilot randomised controlled trial. Trials, 17 Full text.
Jenkinson CE, Winder RE, Sugg HVR, Roberts MJ, Ridgway N, Kuyken W, Wiles N, Kessler D, Campbell J (2014). Why do GPs exclude patients from participating in research? an exploration of adherence to and divergence from trial criteria. Fam Pract, 31(3), 364-370. Abstract.  Author URL.

Publications by year


In Press

Pentecost C, Frost J, Sugg H, Goodwin V, Richards DA (In Press). Patients’ and nurses’ experiences of fundamental nursing care: a systematic review and qualitative synthesis. Journal of Clinical Nursing Full text.

2019

Sugg HVR, Frost J, Richards D (2019). Morita Therapy for depression (Morita Trial): an embedded qualitative study of acceptability. BMJ Open, 9 Full text.

2018

Sugg HVR, Richards D, Julia F (2018). Morita Therapy for depression (Morita Trial): a pilot randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 8 Abstract.  Full text.

2017

Sugg HVR, Richards DA, Frost J (2017). Optimising the acceptability and feasibility of novel complex interventions: an iterative, person-based approach to developing the UK Morita therapy outpatient protocol. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 3(1). Full text.

2016

sugg H, richards D, Frost J (2016). Morita therapy for depression and anxiety (Morita Trial): study protocol for a pilot randomised controlled trial. Trials, 17 Full text.

2014

Jenkinson CE, Winder RE, Sugg HVR, Roberts MJ, Ridgway N, Kuyken W, Wiles N, Kessler D, Campbell J (2014). Why do GPs exclude patients from participating in research? an exploration of adherence to and divergence from trial criteria. Fam Pract, 31(3), 364-370. Abstract.  Author URL.

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External Engagement and Impact

Conferences and invited presentations

Sugg, HVR., Richards, DA., Frost, J. Morita Therapy for Depression in a UK Population: Results of a Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial. Invited plenary presentation at the 10th International Congress of Morita Therapy, Wuhu No.2 People's Hospital, China, Aug 2019.

Sugg, HVR., Richards, DA., Frost, J. Morita Therapy for Depression and Anxiety: A Mixed Methods Feasibility Study. Poster presentation at the Postgraduate Research Showcase, University of Exeter, May 2017.

Sugg, HVR., Richards, DA., Frost, J. Investigating Morita Therapy for a UK Population: A Feasibility and Pilot Study. Presentation at the 9th International Congress of Morita Therapy, University of Exeter, Aug 2016.

Sugg, HVR., Richards, DA., Frost, J. Approaches to Outpatient Morita Therapy: Development of the UK Morita Therapy Outpatient Protocol for Depression and Anxiety. Invited plenary presentation at the 9th International Congress of Morita Therapy, University of Exeter, Jul 2016.

Sugg, HVR., Richards, DA., Frost, J. Morita Therapy for Depression and Anxiety: Developing the Therapy Protocol for A Feasibility and Pilot Study. Presentation at the Annual Research Event, University of Exeter Medical School, May 2016.

Sugg, HVR., Richards, DA., Frost, J. Morita Therapy for Depression and Anxiety: A Feasibility and Pilot Study. Poster presentation at the AccEPT Clinic Lived Experience Group public event, University of Exeter, Oct 2015; the Defeating Depression: What Hope? public event, University of Exeter, Jun 2015; and the Postgraduate Research Showcase, University of Exeter, Apr 2015.

Awarded first prize for Institute for Health Research presentation.  Sugg, HVR., Richards, DA., Frost, J. Morita Therapy for Depression and Anxiety: A Feasibility and Pilot Study. Presentation at the Annual Research Event, University of Exeter Medical School, Mar 2015.


International recognition, such as international research collaborations, visiting research posts in overseas institutions, involvement at senior levels in international research associations, acting as referee for national and international research councils.

PhD cited as exemplar of integrative mixed methods research in trials. Richards, DA., Bazeley, P., Borglin, G., et. al. 2019. Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Data and Findings when undertaking Randomised Controlled Trials. BMJ Open, in press.


Invited lectures & workshops

Sugg, HVR. Morita Therapy for Depression and Anxiety: A Mixed Methods Feasibility Study. Invited lecture for the Msc in Applied Health Services Research: Qualitative Methods and Process Evaluations module, University of Exeter, Jan 2018.

Richards, DA., Sugg, HVR. Morita Therapy skills workshop. 9th International Congress of Morita Therapy, University of Exeter, Aug 2016.

 

Teaching

Holly has co-supervised students on the Masters in Clinical Education, and been a guest lecturer on the Qualitative Methods and Process Evaluations module of the MSc in Applied Health Services Research. She has also delivered multiple BMBS special study units (SSU1) and critical appraisal workshops, and provided one-to-one academic writing support. During her PhD, Holly supervised a Professional Training Year student and contributed to a number of undergraduate learning experiences such as Grand Challenges.

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