Emma Černis

MA(Oxon), MSc

Trainee Clinical Psychologist

For my specialist placement in my final year, I am working at the CAMHS Horizon service in Oxfordshire.

Horizon is a service for young people and families affected by sexual harm.  In my role, I will be working therapeutically with young people and parents, as well as liaising with social, council and education services to provide advice and support.

You can find out more information about the CAMHS Horizon service here.

 

Previous Placements

  • Adult Mental Health:  
    'Healthy Minds' Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
    More information about Healthy Minds is available here.
     
  • Child, Young People & Families: 
    Windsor, Ascot & Maidenhead Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (WAM CAMHS), Berkshire.
    More information about Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust CAMHS is available here.
     
  • Older Adults: 
    Older Adult Psychological Service, part of Psychological Services, North Buckinghamshire (Aylesbury).
    More information about Older Adult Mental Health at the Whiteleaf Centre in Aylesbury is available here.

  • People with Learning Disabilities:
    North Oxfordshire Learning Disability Team based in Banbury, Oxfordshire and provided by Southern Health NHS Trust. 
    More information about Community Learning Disability Services run by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust can be found here
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Professional Interests

My main areas of interest are psychosis, trauma and dissociation, especially the ways in which these may overlap clinically.

I am now working on my doctorate research project and dissertation which will examine the measurement of dissociation and the role it plays in youth self-harm.

Previous Experience

Before training, I worked as a Research Assistant and Co-Therapist with the Oxford Cognitive Approaches to Psychosis (O-CAP) research team, run by Professor Daniel Freeman in the University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry.

I spent three years with this team working on a number of clinical trials of innovative CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) interventions for psychosis, including the Worry Intervention Trial (WIT).

The results of the Worry Intervention Trial were published online in March 2015 as an Open Access paper available here.

You can find out more about O-CAP here.

Publications

  • Daniel Freeman, Jonathan Bradley, Felicity Waite, Bryony Sheaves, Natalie DeWeever, Emilie Bourke, Josephine McInerney, Nicole Evans, Emma Černis, Rachel Lister, Philippa Garety, Graham Dunn (2016).  Targeting recovery in persistent persecutory delusions: A proof of principle study of a new translational psychological treatment (the Feeling Safe Programme).  Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy.  First View, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1352465816000060 

  • Helen Startup, Katherine Pugh, Graham Dunn, Jacinta Cordwell, Helen Mander, Emma Černis, Gail Wingham, Katherine Shirvell, David Kingdon, Daniel Freeman (2016).  Worry processes in patients with persecutory delusions.  British Journal of Clinical Psychology, Early View. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjc.12109

  • Emma Černis, Graham Dunn, Helen Startup, David Kingdon, Gail Wingham, Nicole Evans, Rachel Lister, Katherine Pugh, Jacinta Cordwell, Helen Mander, Daniel Freeman (2015). The perseverative thinking questionnaire in patients with persecutory delusions.  Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 44(4), 472 - 481http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1352465815000533

  • Emma Černis, Evangelos Vassos, Gildas Brébion, Peter J McKenna, Robin M Murray, Anthony S David, James H MacCabe (2015). "Superphrenia": Do schizophrenia patients with very high intelligence represent a clinically distinct sub-type of schizophrenia?  European Psychiatry, 30(5), 628 – 632. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eurpsy.2015.02.007
     
  • Daniel Freeman, Graham Dunn, Helen Startup, Katherine Pugh, Jacinta Cordwell, Helen Mander, Emma Černis, Gail Wingham, Katherine Shirvell, David Kingdon  (2015).  An explanatory randomised controlled trial testing the effects of cognitive behaviour therapy for worry on persecutory delusions in psychosis: the Worry Intervention Trial (WIT).  The Lancet Psychiatry, 2(4), 305 – 313. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2215-0366(15)00039-5
     
  • Stephanie Atherton, Angus Antley, Nicole Evans, Emma Cernis, Rachel Lister, Graham Dunn, Mel Slater, Daniel Freeman (2015).  Self-confidence and paranoia: An experimental study using an immersive virtual reality social situation.  Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 44(1), 56-64. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1352465814000496
     
  • Daniel Freeman, Nicole Evans, Emma Černis, Rachel Lister, Graham Dunn (2015). The effect of paranoia on the judging of harmful events: the moderation of judgements about intent, blame motivation, and harm caused.  Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 20 (2), 122 - 127. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13546805.2014.976307 
     
  • Daniel Freeman, Katherine Pugh, Graham Dunn, Nicole Evans, Bryony Sheaves, Felicity Waite, Emma Cernis, Rachel Lister, David Fowler (2014).  An early Phase II randomised controlled trial testing the effect on persecutory delusions of using CBT to reduce negative cognitions about the self: the potential benefits of enhancing self confidence.  Schizophrenia Research. 160: 186-192.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.schres.2014.10.038 
     
  • Emma Černis, Graham Dunn, Helen Startup, David Kingdon, Gail Wingham, Katherine Pugh, Jacinta Cordwell, Helen Mander, Daniel Freeman (2014). Depersonalization in patients with persecutory delusions.  Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 202(10):752-758.
     
  • Daniel Freeman, Helen Startup, Graham Dunn, Gail Wingham, Emma Černis, Nicole Evans, Rachel Lister, Katherine Pugh, Jacinta Cordwell, David Kingdon (2014). Persecutory delusions and psychological well-being.  Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 49(7):1045–1050.
     
  • Daniel Freeman, Helen Startup, Graham Dunn, Emma Cernis, Gail Wingham, Katherine Pugh, Jacinta Cordwell, Helen Mander, David Kingdon (2014). Understanding jumping to conclusions in patients with persecutory delusions: working memory and intolerance of uncertainty.  Psychological Medicine, 44(14), 3017 – 3024.
     
  • Daniel Freeman, Helen Startup, Graham Dunn, Emma Černis, Gail Wingham, Katherine Pugh, Jacinta Cordwell, David Kingdon (2013). The interaction of affective with psychotic processes: A test of the effects of worrying on working memory, jumping to conclusions, and anomalies of experience in patients with persecutory delusions. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 47 (12), 1837–1842.