Dr Emma Cernis

DPhil Candidate in Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
MA (Oxon), MSc, DClinPsych

I am an accredited clinical psychologist and completed my training doctorate at the Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training, where my dissertation explored the clinical understanding and measurement of dissociation (experiences of feeling unreal, detached or numb).

Following on from this, I have now begun a Wellcome Trust Clinical Doctoral Fellowship which will allow me to complete a DPhil program of research. The aim of this is to improve the psychological understanding and treatment of dissociative experiences in the context of psychosis. I am completing this research as part of the Oxford Cognitive Approaches to Psychosis (O-CAP) team at the Department of Psychiatry, where I also act as a research clinical psychologist.

I have been part of Oxford as both ‘town’ and ‘gown’ since 2007, when I matriculated for my undergraduate degree at St Edmund Hall, and am very excited to be a member of Oriel College.

Selected publications

E Černis, G Dunn, H Startup, D Kingdon, G Wingham, N Evans, R Lister, K Pugh, J Cordwell, H Mander, D Freeman (2015). The perseverative thinking questionnaire in patients with persecutory delusions. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 44(4), 472 – 481. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1352465815000533

E Černis, E Vassos, G Brébion, P J McKenna, R M Murray, A S David, J 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

E Černis, G Dunn, H Startup, D Kingdon, G Wingham, K Pugh, J Cordwell, H Mander, D Freeman (2014). Depersonalization in patients with persecutory delusions. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 202(10),752-758.