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Dr Martin Anson

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 921891

Profile summary

I commenced my current post as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in 2016. I have a particular interest in research and teaching in the area of mental health, including body image concerns and anxiety disorders. Prior to my present post, I worked as a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS between 1994 and 2016. I also worked as a Clinical & Academic tutor on the Doctoral Training Programme in Clinical Psychology, run by the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, between 2014 and 2016.

In terms of my academic background, 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).

In terms of previous employment, between 2009 and 2016 I worked as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Specialist at the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. This included the provision of CBT for a randomised controlled trial investigating the effectiveness of CBT for BDD. My post prior to this involved the provision of CBT for individuals with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) and associated psychological problems. My role also involved extensive clinical supervision of trainees and qualified clinical psychologists, and supervision of major research projects for the IOP doctorate in clinical psychology.

Research and knowledge exchange

I have a strong interest in research, particularly in the areas of body image, social anxiety, social interaction difficulties, and low social self-esteem. One of my current projects is 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 undergraduate research dissertations, Phd Theses, and Clinical Psychology Trainees' Major Research Projects (MRPs).

Teaching and subject expertise

Mental health and well-being

Questionnaire design

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

Publications since 2014

Krebs, G., Fernández de la Cruz, L., Monzani, B., Bowyer, L., Anson, M., Cadman, J., Heyman, I., Turner, C., Veale, D., & Mataix-Cols, D. (2017). Long-term outcomes of cognitive-behavior therapy for adolescent body dysmorphic disorder. Behavior Therapy, 48, 462-73.

Spain, D., Happe, F., Johnston, P., Campbell, M., Sin, J., Daly, E., Ecker, C., Anson, M., Chaplin, E.,Glaser, K., Mendez, A., Lovell, K., & Murphy, D. (2016). Social anxiety in adult males with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 32, 13-23. 

Veale, D., Miles, S., Valiallah, N., Butt, S., Anson, M., Eshkevari, E., Gledhill, L., & Baldock, E. (2016). The effect of self-focused attention and mood on appearance dissatisfaction after mirror-gazing: An experimental study. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 52, 38-44. 

Anson, M., Veale, D., & Miles, S. (2015). Appearance comparison in individuals with body dysmorphic disorder and controls. Body Image, 15, 132-140. 

Veale, D., Miles, S., & Anson, M. (2015). Long-term outcome of cognitive behavior therapy for body dysmorphic disorder: A naturalistic case series of 1 to 4 years after a controlled trial. Behavior Therapy, 46, 775-785. 

Mataix-Cols, D., de la Cruz, L., Isomura, K., Anson, M., Turner, C., Monzani, B., Cadman, J., Bowyer, L., Heyman, I., Veale, D., & Krebs, G. (2015). A pilot randomized controlled trial of cognitive-behavioral therapy for adolescents with body dysmorphic disorder. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 54, 895-904.

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.

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