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 Leanne Trick

Leanne Trick

PhD student



College House 1.07

Leanne began her PhD at the University of Exeter Medical School in February 2013, having previously worked as a researcher in Phase IV clinical trials and in the field of alcohol addiction.

Under the supervision of Chris Dickens (UEMS), Ed Watkins (Psychology) and William Henley (UEMS) Leanne’s PhD research investigates the role of perseverative negative thinking in predicting depression in adults with long term conditions, with a specific focus on coronary heart disease (CHD).

See the project webpage here.


  • 1996 BSc Psychology (Swansea)
  • 1999 MSc Psychological Research Methods (Plymouth)


Research projects

Leanne's PhD includes:

  • A systematic review of prospective research into the association between perseverative negative thinking and negative affect in people with long term conditions
  • An observational prospective cohort study to investigate the association of worry and rumination with subsequent depression, anxiety and health-related quality of life following acute coronary syndrome. The cohort study will also begin to explore potential mediators of this association


PhD Publications:

Trick L, Watkins E, Windeatt S, Dickens C (2016) The association of perseverative negative thinking with depression, anxiety and psychological distress in people with long term conditions: A systematic review. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 91: 89-101.

Trick L, Watkins E & Dickens C (2014) The association between perseverative negative cognitive processes and negative affect in people with long term conditions: a protocol for systematic review and meta-analysis. Systematic Reviews, 3:5.

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