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Dr Leanne Trick

Dr Leanne Trick




Leanne joined the Mental Health Research Group in 2013, first as a PhD student and later as a post-doctoral researcher, having previously worked as a researcher in the field of alcohol addiction and in Phase IV clinical trials. In 2019 Leanne moved to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, and subsequently in 2020 to Durham University where she is Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Psychology. She remains involved as a collaborator with ongoing projects in the Mental Health Research Group at Exeter.


  • 2017  PhD Medical Studies (University of Exeter)
  • 1999  MSc Psychological Research Methods (Plymouth University)
  • 1996  BSc (Hons) Psychology (University of Wales, Swansea)


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Research interests

Leanne's research interests are in the broad areas of mental health, psychological medicine, health psychology, and cognitive psychology. She is particularly interested in factors influencing the development and maintenance of depression in people with chronic physical illnesses, and in the impact of comorbidity on health outcomes.

Research areas / keywords

  • Depression / anxiety
  • Long term conditions
  • Comorbidity / multimorbidity
  • Addiction / alcoholism
  • Cognition
  • Repetitive thought / rumination / worry
  • Inflammation

Research projects

Predictors of depression in people with inflammatory bowel disease

  • This is a joint project between the University of Exeter and the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital gastroenterology department investigating causes of depression in people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The project also explores the links between depression and worse health outcomes, including relapse, in people with IBD
  • Fuding: CCUK 'Living with IBD' research grant
  • PI: Prof. Chris Dickens, University of Exeter

Perseverative negative thinking and depression in people with coronary heart disease

  • Leanne's PhD investigated the role of perseverative negative thinking (such as worry and rumination) in predicting depression, anxiety and quality of life in adults with coronary heart disease. Her PhD research included: (i) a systematic review, and (ii) an observational prospective cohort study
  • Funding: University of Exeter Medical School studentship
  • Supervisors: Prof. Chris Dickens, Prof. Ed Watkins, Prof. William Henley



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