Conversations That Matter: Professor Dame Til Wykes

De Grey Lecture Theatre (DG/017)
Event Time
6.00pm - 7.15pm, Thursday 11 October 2018

Category Health, University Public Guest lectures

Professor Dame Til Wykes
Food for Thought - Psychological Treatment for Thinking Disorders in People with Schizophrenia

Around 1% of the population will have a diagnosis of schizophrenia. It comes with problems in recovery and a failure to achieve life goals such as having a job, living independently and having a fulfilling social relationship. We know that people with this diagnosis often have difficulties in concentrating, remembering and planning and these seem to be key factors limiting their recovery. So far medication has had little effect on these problems but a relatively new treatment – cognitive remediation holds out hope of improving these thinking problems. It is still early days but this talk will describe the background, current research and outcomes of treatment trials and looks to the future in terms of tailoring treatments to increase the rate of recovery.

Speaker Biography

Til Wykes is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation and Vice Dean Psychology and Systems Sciences at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London.  She has been involved in research on rehabilitation for many years both in the development of services and the evaluation of innovative psychological treatments for psychosis. She founded and is now Co-Director of the Service User Research Enterprise (SURE), which employs expert researchers with experience of using mental health services.

She edits the Journal of Mental Health. She was awarded a Damehood for her work in mental health and recently received an honorary Doctorate in Health Sciences from York St John University.

Event Timings

17.30 Doors open

18.00 Talk commences

19.15 Event closes

Location: De Grey Court

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About Conversations That Matter

York St John University hosts an annual series of public talks and events that are free and open to all. This year, our community events feature a range of contemporary subjects that affect our daily lives and we invite you to join in on the conversations that matter. Reflecting on the topical issues of mental health and wellbeing, our speakers are leaders in their field or popular public figures and all have something of special interest to share with you. Find out more about the events in our 2018 series.

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