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Dr. Martin Anson

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 921891

Profile summary

I am a Clinical & Academic tutor on the Doctoral Training Programme in Clinical Psychology, run by the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology. I am also a clinical psychologist, registered with the Health & Care Professions Council, and a member of the British Psychological Society, including the Division of Clinical Psychology.

I graduated from the University of Sussex in 1985 with a degree in developmental psychology, and completed my clinical psychology training in 1994 at the Institute of Psychiatry (IOP; now the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London). I subsequently completed a PhD at the IOP in 2008 under the supervision of David Veale and Padmal de Silva. This research investigated cognitive and social processes in body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).

Since 2009 I have worked as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Specialist at the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. This has included the provision of CBT for a randomised controlled trial investigating the effectiveness of CBT for BDD. My previous post involved the provision of CBT for individuals with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) and associated psychological problems. My role has also extensive clinical supervision of trainees and qualified clinical psychologists, and supervision of major research projects for the IOP doctorate in clinical psychology.

I joined the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology in 2014 and continue to work part-time in the NHS.

Research and knowledge exchange

I have a strong interest in research, and I recently received QR small grants funding from Canterbury Christchurch University to carry out a study investigating the effect of body image concerns on satisfaction in couple relationships. This research will include the development of a new questionnaire. I am also involved in the supervision of clinical psychology trainees' Major Research Projects (MRPS).

External activities

Conference presentations:


British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) Annual Conference, Leeds, 2012: Cosmetic surgery in BDD.

British Psychological Society (BPS), Division of Clinical Psychology, Annual Conference, Manchester 2010. Behavioural Experiments in BDD.

BABCP Annual Conference, Manchester, 2010. Developments in BDD (Convenor and speaker).

World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (WCBCT), Barcelona, 2007: Appearance-related social-evaluative concerns in BDD.

OCD Action Conference, London, 2008: OCD in Adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

BABCP Annual Conference, Warwick, 2006: Face Processing in BDD.

Anxiety Disorders Conference, Manchester, 2006: Anxiety management for adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (Joint Talk).

Centre for Appearance Research, Appearance Matters Conference 2005: Appearance comparison in BDD.

European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT) Annual Conference, Manchester, 2004: Social-evaluative and self-evaluative concerns in BDD.

Innovations in CBT for BDD Conference, London, 2003: Social-Evaluative Concerns and Processes in BDD.

OCD Action Conference, London, 2002: Social anxiety and social behaviour in BDD.

BABCP Annual Conference, Warwick, 2002: Social-evaluative versus self-evaluative concerns in BDD.

Publications and research outputs

Veale, D., Anson, M., Miles, S., Pieta, M., Costa, A., & Ellison, N. (2014). Efficacy of cognitive behaviour therapy versus anxiety management for body dysmorphic disorder: A randomised controlled trial. Psychotherapy & Psychosomatics, 83, 341-353.

Anson, M., Veale, D., & de Silva, P. (2012). Social-evaluative versus self-evaluative appearance concerns in body dysmorphic disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 50, 753-760.

Baldock, E., Anson, M., & Veale, D. (2012). The stopping criteria for mirror gazing in body dysmorphic disorder. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 51, 323-344.

Monzani, B., Rijsdijk, F., Iervolino, A., Anson, M., Cherkas, L., & Mataix-Cols, D. (2012). Evidence for a genetic overlap between body dysmorphic concerns and obsessive-compulsive symptoms in an adult female community twin sample. American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 159B, 376-382.

Monzani, B., Rijsdijk, F., Anson, M., Iervolino, A., Cherkas, L., Spector, T., & Mataix-Cols, D. (2011). A twin study of body dysmorphic concerns. Psychological Medicine, 30, 1-7.

Windheim, K., Veale, D., & Anson, M. (2011). Mirror gazing in body dysmorphic disorder and healthy controls: Effects of duration and gazing. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 49, 555-564.

Russell, A., Mataix-Cols, D., Anson, M., & Murphy, D. (2009). Psychological treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder in people with autism spectrum disorders – A pilot study. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 78, 59-61.

Russell, A., Mataix-Cols, D., Anson, M., & Murphy, D. (2005). Obsessions and compulsions in Asperger syndrome and high functioning autism. British Journal of Psychiatry, 186, 525-528.

Anson, M. (1995). Non-couple therapy for sexual dysfunction. International Review of Psychiatry, 7, 205-216.

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