Research involvement Opportunity

Project title: “An evaluation of memory flexibility (MemFlex) training in treatment of depression”.


Summary: Often when we are depressed, we only seem able to recall negative memories, and these memories seem very general and taint a large portion of how we see our lives. Our researchers are testing a new, workbook based intervention, MemFlex, which tries to change this. The aim is to make it easier to remember other, more positive elements of our lives. The workbook has been assessed in an initial trial, which found that MemFlex improves depressive symptoms and other factors that make it more likely to experience depressive relapse. This new project will now offer the workbook to service-users within the Psychological Wellbeing Service, and compare it to the computerised intervention the Service currently offers, to explore whether changing these memory difficulties both improves depressive symptoms and better helps an individual to prepare for later face-to-face therapy.


Involvement: We are looking for six-eight service users/carers who have relevant experience to help researchers design the above study. Your experiences will help ensure this project is relevant and meaningful to service users.


Time commitment: The group will initially meet once to discuss the project. A meeting will take place on Thursday 19th October 2017, 10am-12pm in Cambridge (venue to be confirmed). Some of he work might be done via email correspondence.


Payment: All members of the service user advisory group will receive £10 per hour for attending the meetings. Travel expenses will be paid at 56 p per mile or public transport rates. All claims must be accompanied by relevant receipts. Please note, this income may have implications for those claiming benefits. All income must be declared to the Inland Revenue.


Contact: If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your expression of interest to Iliana Rokkou (

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