Raphael Underwood

Raphael Underwood
Raphael is a trainee clinical psychologist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London. He previously completed a PhD at the same institution, looking at cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying maladaptive appraisals in psychosis..

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Mental health stigma and pathways to care in psychosis

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Raphael Underwood on a recent systematic review of mental health-related stigma and pathways to care for people at risk of psychotic disorders or experiencing first-episode psychosis.

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Omega-3 fatty acids to prevent psychosis: the importance of replication (NEURAPRO trial)

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Raphael Underwood summarises the NEURAPRO trial, which concludes that Omega-3 fatty acids are no better than placebo at preventing transition to psychosis in young people at ultrahigh risk for psychotic disorders.

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Supported employment for people with severe mental illness

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Raphael Underwood highlights a recent international systematic review of individual placement and support for people with serious mental illness who are seeking to return to work.

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Group body psychotherapy for negative symptoms of schizophrenia

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Raphael Underwood reports on the findings of a recent RCT of group body psychotherapy for negative symptoms of schizophrenia, which finds that body psychotherapy did not have a clinically beneficial effect on reducing emotional withdrawal or improving social functioning.

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Lithium for schizophrenia: Cochrane find lack of evidence to support its use

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Raphael Underwood presents a new Cochrane review of lithium for schizophrenia, which assesses the use of lithium as a monotherapy and also in combination with antipsychotics.

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Community treatment orders still don’t work at 36 months: OCTET trial follow up

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Raphael Underwood presents the 3 year follow up of the OCTET trial of community treatment orders for people with psychosis, which finds no significant difference on readmission or disengagement for patients on CTOs compared to those discharged to voluntary status via Section 17 leave.

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Diagnostic test accuracy of first rank symptoms for schizophrenia

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Raphael Underwood summarises a recently updated Cochrane systematic review, which aimed to systematically evaluate the accuracy of first rank symptoms for diagnosing schizophrenia.

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Joint Crisis Plans: empowering service users with psychotic disorders

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Raphael Underwood reports on a thematic analysis of joint crisis plans, which explores what service users with psychotic disorders want in a mental health crisis or relapse.

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Major barriers implementing family involvement for patients with psychosis

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Raphael Underwood summarises a recent systematic review looking at implementing family involvement in the treatment of patients with psychosis.

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