By Marion Roberts, Chartered psychologist
(Chaired by Jenny Jordan)
Recorded 18 February, 2016
(Apologies – there is an echo for the first 1:50 minutes)
Neurocognitive findings in the field of eating disorders have consistently highlighted two aspects of executive functioning that pose particular difficulties for those with anorexia nervosa: poor set-shifting and weak coherence. In response to the gathering empirical evidence, Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT) was developed as a stand alone pre-treatment module to target these neurocognitive inefficiencies whilst engaging severely underweight patients in the process of therapy. This talk will speak to the empirical background and evidence base for CRT, outline the developing various forms of CRT (individual/group, adult/adolescent) and provide an example of CRT session content.
Dr. Roberts is well published in top ranked peer-reviewed journals, and has lectured and presented at conferences internationally. Following 7 years as a Research Fellow at the University of London, she returned to her native New Zealand with her young family and undertook further training in clinical psychology. She currently works at Thrive Eating Disorders Service in Auckland as an Intern Psychologist, where one focus of her work is the delivery and feasibility of group Cognitive Remediation Therapy in a day patient setting