Susie Hales

BSc(Hons), DClinPsych, CPsychol

Research Tutor

  • Clinical Psychologist

What I do

I am a research tutor at OXICPT. I contribute to the research component of the training programme and also provide teaching on working psychologically with people with bipolar disorder, and using imagery-based CBT techniques.

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Professional Interests

I am particularly motivated to carry out research in areas where treatment innovation is required, such as improving psychological therapies for bipolar disorder, or increasing the availability of therapeutic resources to carers of people with dementia by designing cognitive-behavioural interventions that can be accessed online. I have a specialist interest in research on mental imagery processes and the effectiveness of brief imagery-based interventions. More broadly, I am interested in early intervention for mood disorders and novel methods of delivering therapy via new technologies.


Kennedy-Williams, P., Close, H., Clarke, D. & Hales, S. (in press). Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in a specialist NHS psychological service  who benefits? Clinical Psychology Forum.

Hales, S.A. & Fossey, J. (under review). Caring For Me and You: The co-production of a computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (cCBT) package for carers of people with dementia. Aging and Mental Health

Hales, S.A., Di Simplicio, M., Iyadurai, L., Blackwell, S., Fairburn, C., Goodwin, G., Geddes, J., & Holmes, E.A. (submitted) Imagery focused cognitive therapy (ImCT) in a small sample of patients with bipolar disorder: a pilot clinical audit. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

Holmes, E.A., Hales, S.A., Di Simplicio, M., & Young, K (in preparation). Imagery-based cognitive therapy: A workbook for bipolar disorder and beyond. New York: Guilford Press.

Holmes, E.A., Bonsall, M.B., Hales, S.A., Mitchell, H., Renner, F., Blackwell, S. E., Watson, P., & Di Simplicio, M. (2016). Using time series analysis on mood fluctuations in bipolar disorder to promote treatment innovation: a case series. Translational Psychiatry, 6, doi:10.1038/tp.2015.207

Hales, S. A., Blackwell, S., Di Simplicio, M., Young, K., & Holmes, E.A. (2015). Imagery based cognitive assessment. In D.A. Clark and G. Brown (Eds.), Cognitive behavioral assessment, diagnosis and case formulation. New York: Guilford Press.

Holmes, E. A, Iyadurai, L., Jacob, G., & Hales, S. (2015). Mental imagery in psychological disorders: An opportunity for treatment innovation. In R. A. Scott & S. M. Kosslyn (Eds.), Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioural Sciences. Wiley Online Library.

Murphy, C.M., Deeley, Q., Daly, E.M., Ecker, C., O’Brien, F.M., Hallahan, B., Loth, E., Toal, F.,Reed, S., Hales, S., et al. (2012). Anatomy and aging of the amygdala and hippocampus in autism spectrum disorder: an in vivo magnetic resonance imaging study of Asperger syndrome. Autism Research, 5, 3-12.

Hales, S., Deeprose, C., Goodwin, G., & Holmes, E. (2011). Cognitions in bipolar affective disorder versus unipolar depression: Imagining suicide. Bipolar Disorders, 13, 651-661.

Holmes, E., James, E., Blackwell, S., Hales, S. (2011). ‘They flash upon that inward eye’. The Psychologist, 24, 340-343.

Hallahan, B., Daly, E.M., McAlonan, G., Loth, E., Toal, F., O’Brien, F., Robertson, D., Hales, S., Murphy, C., Murphy, K.C. & Murphy, D. (2009). Brain morphometry volume in Autistic Spectrum Disorder: An MRI study of adults. Psychological Medicine, 39, 337-346.


Hales, S. A. (2013, July). The development of Imagery MAPP for bipolar disorder: case examples illustrating imagery as an emotional amplifier. In K. Price (chair). Imagery in Unexpected Places. Symposium conducted at the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies 41st Annual Conference, Imperial Collage, UK.       

Hales, S. A. (2012, July). The Oxford Mood Action Psychology Program (OxMAPP): targeting mood instability in bipolar disorder using a novel, imagery-based approach. In L. Stopa (chair). Mental Imagery: Investigation and Clinical Application of Mental Images in Cognitive Therapy. Symposium conducted at the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies 40th Annual Conference, University of Leeds, UK.       

Hales, S.A. (2011, November). Future thinking in bipolar affective disorder and unipolar depression: Imagining suicide. In K Hawton (chair). 18th British Isles workshop on research on suicide and deliberate self-harm. Oxford UK.

Hales, S.A. (2011, September). Cognitions in bipolar affective disorder versus unipolar depression: Imagining suicide. In A.Arntz & G.Jacob (Chairs). New Research in Mental Images in Imagery Rescripting. Symposium conducted at the European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies 41st Annual Congress, Reykjavik, Iceland.