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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 the field of applied mental health research and, in particular, the development and evaluation of psychological therapies for depression. She is currently continuing work from her PhD with Professor David Richards and Dr Julia Frost, focusing on both the evaluation of Morita Therapy and using mixed methods to personalise psychological therapies for depression.

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. 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 and implementation 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:

  • Morita Therapy, a Japanese psychological therapy, as a potential treatment for depression and anxiety in the UK.
  • Precision medicine, or the personalisation of psychological therapies for depression, and the possible value of an integrative mixed methods approach in this field.
  • 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
  • A Delphi study to define 'Treatment Resistant Depression': The Exeter Consensus Statement, Research Assistant
  • PREVENT (Preventing Recurrent Depression in NHS Settings: Comparing Antidepressants with Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy), 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


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

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


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 Engagment and Impact

Conferences and invited presentations

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. Oral 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. Oral 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. Oral 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. Oral presentation at the Annual Research Event, University of Exeter Medical School, Mar 2015.


Invited lectures & workshops

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

Teaching

During her PhD, Holly supervised a Professional Training Year student and contributed to a number of undergraduate learning experiences such as Grand Challenges. She has also delivered BMBS special study units and critical appraisal workshops, and provided one-to-one writing support.

Supervision / Group

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