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Pioneering Roehampton research has demonstrated that people with schizophrenia can train themselves to control brain regions linked to verbal hallucinations.

The breakthrough, by brain imaging expert Professor Paul Allen, used an MRI scanner and a computerised rocket game and showed that people were able to alter activity and connectivity in the speech and language regions of their brain.

Dance Movement Psychotherapist Dr Beatrice Allegranti is working with people living with young onset dementia to improve their condition through movement.

Her project, which is supported by the NHS, includes a series of participatory dances to help improve the lives of the people living with dementia by re-connecting with them with their partner, spouse or carer.

Professor Mick Cooper is undertaking a £850,000 nationwide research project into the benefits of professional school counsellors.

The project has seen a professional counselling service established in 18 secondary schools, and is examining whether pupils in need of support improve after counselling from a professional. The project is analysing the cost-effectiveness of school-based counsellors in supporting young people.

Professor Cecilia Essau, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, has developed a new screening tool for schools and nurseries around, in the UK and overseas, to use to help identify signs of neglect in young children.

It was developed by a Europe-wide team of childcare and psychology experts and is believed to be the first protocol of its kind designed specifically for those working with children aged under three.

The University has established a therapy clinic for people in the local community, which is helping Roehampton staff develop their understanding of a range of conditions.

The Centre for Research in Social and Psychological Transformation (CREST) is based at the University’s Whitelands campus and offers up to 24 sessions of ‘pluralistic therapy’ for people in the community.

Elias Tsakanikos has led the first web-based randomized controlled trial assessing the effectiveness of two innovative mobile apps designed to treat agoraphobia - the fear of being in situations where escape might be difficult – and anxiety.

The groups participating in the trial showed significant improvements in symptom severity, and the research provides evidence which will help medical professionals treat patients suffering from agoraphobia.