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Myra Cooper

MA (Hons) MPhil (Clinical Pychology) DPhil CPsychol FBPsS

Interim Deputy Director (Academic & Research) / Senior Research Tutor


Responsible for day to day organisation of the research component of the Oxford Doctoral Training Course in Clinical Psychology.

Recent publications

Professional Interests 

Eating disorders and a range of topics related to these.



Yiend, J., Parnes, C., Shepherd, K., Roche, M-K., Cooper, M.J. (in press). Negative self beliefs in eating disorders: a cognitive bias modification study. Clinical Psychology Science.

Shuttlewood, E., Dalton, L. & Cooper, M.J. (in press). Developing a measure of appraisal: A psychometric analysis of the parental appraisal of cleft questionnaire (PACQ). The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal.

Young, E. & Cooper, M.J. (2013). Applying a cognitive model to binge eating in a female community sample. Eating Behaviours, 14, 296-398.

Tillotson, Z., Cooper, M.J. & Turner, H. (2013). Pregnancy and the self: A qualitative exploration of the impact of pregnancy on self-identity and the relational self in women with a history of anorexia nervosa. Advances in Eating Disorders, 1, 195-206.

Reinecke, A., Waldenmaier, L., Cooper, M.J. & Harmer, C.J. (2013). Changes in automatic threat processing precede and predict clinical changes with exposure-based cognitive-behaviour therapy for panic disorder. Biological Psychiatry, 73, 1064-1070.

Cooper, M.J. (2013). How to do research in a career as a clinical psychologist: A personal perspective on motivation, personal, strategic and opportunistic factors. Clinical Psychology, 37-40.

Cooper, M.J. & Proudfoot, J. (2013). Positive core beliefs and their relationship to eating disorder symptoms in women. European Eating Disorders Review, 21, 155-159.

Mason, Z., Turner, H. & Cooper, M.J. (2012). The experience of pregnancy in women with a history of anorexia nervosa: an interpretive phenomenological analysis. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 1, 59-67.

Manser, R., Cooper, M. & Trefusis, J. (2012). Beliefs about emotions as a metacognitive construct: initial development of a self-report questionnaire measure and preliminary investigation in relation to emotion regulation. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 19, 235-246.

Pearce, N., Beinart, H., Clohessy, S. & Cooper, M.J. (2012). Development and validation of the Supervisory Relationship Questionnaire. British Journal of Psychology, 52, 249-268.

Pringle, A., Browning, M., Cooper, M.J. & Harmer, C.J. (2012). Acute low dose typtophan depletion in volunteers at high risk of eating disorders. Eating Behaviours, 13, 154-157.

Cooper, M.J. (2012).  Cognitive behavioural models in eating disorders. In J.Fox & K.Goss (Eds). Eating and its disorders. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.

Pringle, A., Ashworth, F., Norbury, R., Harmer, C.J. & Cooper, M.J. (2011). Neural correlates of the processing of self-referent processing information in bulimia nervosa. Neuropsychologia, 41, 2375-2384.

Ashworth, F., Pringle, A., Norbury, R., Harmer, C.J., Cowen, P.J. & Cooper, M.J. (2011). Neural response to angry and disgusted faces in bulimia nervosa. Psychological Medicine, 49, 3272-3278.

Cooper, M.J. (2011). Working with imagery to modify core beliefs in people with eating disorders: a clinical protocol. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 18, 454-465.

Warren, L. & Cooper, M.J. (2011). Understanding your own and other’s minds: the relationship to eating disorder related symptoms. European Eating Disorders Review, 19, 417-425.

Cooper, M.J. & Bowers, W. (2011). Cognitive behaviour therapy for eating disorders, commentary. In Liu, A. (Ed).  Restoring our bodies, reclaiming our lives: guidance and reflections on recovery from eating disorders. Trumpeter Books: Boston, Massachusetts.

Reinecke, A., Cooper, M.J., Favaron, E., Massey-Chase, R. & Harmer, C.J. (2011). Attentional bias in untreated panic disorder. Psychiatry Research, 185, 387-393.

Cooper, M.J. & Warren, L.  (2011). The relationship between body weight (body mass index) and attachment history in young women. Eating Behaviours, 12, 94-96.

Pringle, A., Harmer, C.J. & Cooper, M.J. (2010). Biases in emotional processing are associated with vulnerability to eating disorders over time. Eating Behaviours, 12, 56-59.

Fairchild, H. & Cooper, M.J. (2010). A multidimensional measure of core beliefs relevant to eating disorders: Preliminary development and validation. Eating Behaviours, 11, 239-246.

Pringle, A., Harmer, C. J. & Cooper, M.J. (2010). Investigating vulnerability to eating disorders:  Biases in emotional processing. Psychological Medicine, 40, 645-655.

Lawrence, C., Jones, J. & Cooper, M.J. (2010). Hearing voices in a non-psychiatric population. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 38, 363-373.

Paloma, M., Beinart, H. & Cooper, M.J. (2010). Development and validation of the Supervisory Relationship Questionnaire (SRQ) in UK trainee clinical psychologists. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 49, 131-149.