The TEAMS trial is carried out by a clinical and health psychology research group in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Manchester. The clinical and health psychology research groups investigate key elements such as cognitions, behaviours, relationships and family environments involved across a range of psychological disorders including psychoses, affective disorders e.g. depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, and physical illness and disorders in childhood and adolescence. Such investigations are done with the aim to develop an integrated psychological explanation to help us better understand certain psychological problems and develop appropriate interventions for them.
The clinical and health psychology research group at the University of Manchester is an international leader in the development and evaluation of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). This has resulted in significant expertise in the development and management of clinical trials involving psychological treatments. In addition to the psychological treatment of Bipolar Disorder in TEAMS, psychological treatment has been provided to other mental health problems including schizophrenia, psychosis, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression.
The aims of the clinical and health psychology research group are to:
- Advance the understanding of various psychopathologies by developing relevant psychological models of disorder and evaluating treatments and interventions.
- Improve human health by increasing the understanding of factors that influence both mental and physical health, and develop and evaluate novel psychological solutions to ill health.
- Understand the psychological processes specific to different populations
- Expand applied psychological knowledge into new and relevant fields, including psychiatry, other medical specialities and professional groups as well as with NHS clinical psychologists