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Cambridge (COUPS)

Welcome to the Cambridge region home page of the Open University Psychological Society.


We run events for OUPS members in Cambridge. We aim to provide opportunities for OUPS members to broaden their experience of psychological topics and to mix with OUPS members and others with interest in psychology.  OUPS Cambridge is run by volunteers who are current or former OU psychology students.  If you would like to volunteer to support our events, please do get in touch.



Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

One Day Conference

Saturday 23 June 2018

Hills Road Sixth Form College Cambridge 


The term "posttraumatic stress disorder" came into use in the 1970s in large part due to the diagnoses of U.S. military veterans of the Vietnam War.  It was officially recognised by the American Psychiatric Association in 1980 in the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III). PTSD is unusual as a mental disorder in having a defined cause; the experience of a traumatic event. Anyone experiencing a traumatic event is likely to have short-term effects. But for some, the impact is long-term and very damaging. Symptoms include flashbacks, anxiety and mental or physical distress in response to trauma-related cues.

Our expert presenters will discuss how many very different types of investigation have enhanced our understanding of PTSD; and how effective treatments are being developed.


Dr Peter Naish will be talking about memory models and PTSD that has been viewed as a filing problem regarding memory.

Dr Dominic Murphy now runs a research department at a UK's leading charity Combat Stress that supporting veterans with mental health, he will be talking about how dominant cause of PTSD is exposure to violence and the profile of help-seeking veterans.

Dr Meisser-Stedman will be talking about PTSD in children and adolescents exposed to trauma.

Dr Vanessa Jones will be talking when PTSD takes a different form often associated with other disorders schizotypy and vulnerability to intrusions and how that links PTSD and Psychosis.


Booking rate for members £30; Non-members rate £35.

Online booking is now open.

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OUPS Cambridge Committee

Alan Pechey (Chair)

Dr Alan Pechey is an experienced OU tutor and the former OUPS Chair, and current OUPS Vice-Chair.

Rebecca Denness (Secretary)

Susan Goodwin (Treasurer)

Lorna Rouse (Former Chair)

Lorna completed her BSc (Hons) in Psychology with the OU in December 2009 and gained an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology from Anglia Ruskin University in 2014.  Since graduating Lorna has worked as a Research Assistant including supporting the PROMISE project which explores the proactive management of inpatient mental health environments to eliminate reliance on physical intervention.  Lorna is currently a postgraduate student at the Open University studying the experience of diabetes care appointments for adults with learning disabilities.  Lorna is also the editor of the OUPS newsletter News & Views.

Sarah Whitson (Former Secretary)

Sarah graduated from Cardiff University in 2006 with a BSc (Hons.) in Psychology, and in 2011, was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Research Methods by the OU. Since graduating, she has worked with men and women with mental health and/or behavioural needs in a variety of settings. Sarah is currently working as Research Assistant at the NIHR.s CLAHRC for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough within Cambridge Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Group (Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge). Sarah is also studying for a part-time MPhil at the Department of Psychiatry.

Carole Gardener (Former Treasurer)



Programmes, articles and links relating to previous events

Learning Disabilities Research: Past, Present and Future, 24th November 2012

Programme and related articles and links from our first Autumn conference

COUPS_2012 program_22_11.pdf

Programme from our first OUPS Cambridge conference Learning Disability Research: Past, Present and Future on the 24th November 2012.


Prader-Willi Syndrome: A journey from clinical observation to research explanation. Interview with Professor Tony Holland who chaired and spoke at the conference. Professor Holland leads the Cambridge Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Group in Cambridge.


Face Perception in Autism Interview with Dr Owen Churches


Interview with Carys Banks


Autism and Decision Making Interview with Dr Lydia Luke








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