Gozde Ozakinci

Gozde Ozakinci
Gozde is a health psychologist and lecturer in health psychology at the University of St Andrews. She finished her psychology degree in Turkey and her masters in health psychology at University College London. She completed her PhD at Rutgers University, USA. Her main research interests are understanding patient experiences following a diagnosis such as cancer and developing interventions for emotional regulation and health behaviour change.


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Systematic review highlights a lack of evidence about using antidepressants to treat cancer patients with depression


Having a life threatening disease such as cancer and undergoing gruelling treatment can have detrimental psychological effects. According to a recent review, for instance, the prevalence of depression among cancer patients is 10.8%, when assessed by a standardised clinical assessment (Ng et al. 2011). The authors of this meta-analysis make the argument that established criteria [read the full story…]

Depression and anxiety in long-term cancer survivors compared with spouses and healthy controls: what about the impact of gender?


Life after cancer diagnosis and treatment is full of uncertainties for the patients and their caregivers. The possibility of cancer returning is hard to dismiss at least in the first few years after the end of treatment. Life has often changed in many imperceptible and subtle ways for people who have undergone cancer treatment, as [read the full story…]

Limited evidence suggests that co-morbid chronic physical illness may not increase risk for recurrence in depression


There is a widespread clinical presumption that people who have both major depressive disorder (MDD) and a co-morbid chronic physical illness represent a ‘double trouble’ group. This leads to the expectation that the depression prognosis for these people would be poor with increasing likelihood of recurrence. Evidence supports the view that depression is prevalent among [read the full story…]

Couple-based interventions may help improve the psychological wellbeing of cancer patients and their partners, but more research is needed

For Better Or Worse

Cancer diagnosis and treatment can have negative consequences for the psychological wellbeing of patients and their caregivers. This blog will summarise a systematic review on whether couple-based interventions make a difference for couples affected by cancer (Regan, 2012). The review tried to answer three questions: What is the efficacy of couple-based interventions on depression, anxiety, [read the full story…]