Dr Helen F Crosby

Dr Helen F Crosby

Profile

I am a Research Fellow in Psychological and Social Medicine with a background in psychology. I have an interest in understanding how and why psychological therapies are effective in changing behaviour. I have worked in research for over 10 years with experience of evaluating psychological therapies used for addressing alcohol and drug use problems. For example, I contributed to the Addiction Research in Acute Settings (ARiAS) research programme, funded by the NIHR CLAHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care), which investigated methods of improving the physical and mental health of people with alcohol and/or drug use problems. I have considerable experience in measuring treatment fidelity by process rating the delivery of psychological therapies in clinical trials and research projects. To this end, I obtained my PhD by developing the Brief Addiction Therapist Scale (BATS), a tool for evaluating therapists’ delivery of psychological therapies widely used in addiction. This tool is now being used to support peer supervision in addiction services. I joined LIHS in 2018 on the NIHR funded FReSH START (Function Replacement in repeated  Self-Harm: Standardising Therapeutic Assessment and the Related Therapy) research programme, which aims to develop effective therapies for people who repeatedly self-harm.

Qualifications

  • PhD Addictions (University of Leeds)
  • PGCert Health Research (University of Leeds)
  • MSc Health Psychology (University of Stirling)
  • BSc (hons) Psychology (University of Stirling)