Laurence is an Assistant Psychologist and Research Assistant with Oxford Health NHS where he is involved in the evaluation of psycho-social interventions for dementia in care homes. Before this he worked as an Assistant Psychologist in acute adult and adolescent mental health and trained as a Graduate Mental Health Worker in the NHS. Laurence has also been a researcher in commercial agencies, conducting projects for medical charities, government departments and marketing teams. He holds a BSc in Experimental Psychology from the University of Bristol as well as a postgraduate diploma in Mental Health Practice.
Laurence Palfreyman summarises a recent survey of masculinity, alexithymia & fear of intimacy as predictors of UK men’s attitudes towards seeking professional psychological help.[read the full story...]
Laurence Palfreyman highlights a population study from researchers at Oxford University, which investigates the links between depression and violent crime. The study finds that people with depression were three times more likely to have been convicted of violent crime than those without depression, but we need to be careful about how we interpret these relative risk figures.[read the full story...]
Laurence Palfreyman considers the very small and mixed evidence base of mental health interventions for refugee and asylum seeking children presented in a well conducted systematic review from last year.[read the full story...]
Laurence Palfreyman highlights a recent BMJ study, which finds an association between Alzheimer’s disease and benzodiazepine use.[read the full story...]
Laurence Palfreyman highlights an RCT of the DECIDE intervention, which aims to build awareness of the service user’s role in decisions about their care including how they can become more involved and seek information from independent sources.[read the full story...]
Mental health in the workplace is an area that we’ve blogged about a few times before. This blog features a recent review by Tan et al on workplace interventions for depression. Mental disorders are the leading cause of sickness absence (Harvey, 2009 and Henderson, 2011), and depression in particular is predicted to be the leading [read the full story…]