Professor Adrian Wells PhD, AFBPsS, C.Psychol
- Information processing and emotional disorders
- Metacognitive therapy
- Cognitive behavioural therapies
- Anxiety disorders and phobias: nature and treatment
- Social anxiety disorder
- Worry and intrusive thoughts
- Post-traumatic stress: predictors and treatment
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Assessent of individual differences (questionnaire design and analysis)
- Experimental psychopathology
- Single case and small n research methods
- Clinical Trials
Adrian Wells' research interests are in the areas of cognitive theory and therapy, emotional disorders and metacognitive therapy. He has contributed to an understanding of mechanisms underlying general vulnerability to disorder, and the development of new treatments for social anxiety disorder, generalised anxiety, trauma reactions, and obsessions. His book: Attention and Emotion: A Clinical Perspective (co-authored with G. Matthews) was awarded the 1998 British Psychological Society Book Award for significant contributions to psychology. His book: "Cognitive Therapy of Anxiety Disorders: A Practice Manual and Conceptual Guide" has become a benchmark therapists’ text. More recently his work has focused on understanding the cognitive mechanisms in disorder maintenance and change, which has given rise to a new form of therapy based on principles of metacognition. This work is described in his book "Emotional Disorders & Metacognition: Innovative Cognitive Therapy. Chichester, UK: Wiley. Adrian Wells is the originator of Metacognitive Therapy (MCT) which is undergoing evaluation in controlled trials. MCT for Generalized Anxiety has recently been included in NHS NICE guidelines. Professor Wells is author of the treatment manual: Metacognitive Therapy for Anxiety and Depression (2009); New York, Guilford Press.
B.Sc (Hons) Aston University
Ph.D Aston University
M.Sc. Clinical Psychology. Leeds University
Diploma in Cognitive Therapy, University of Pennsylvania
Collaborators and affiliated staff
- Prof. Chris Brewin (University College London)
- Prof. Hans Nordahl (Norwegian University Trondheim)
- Dr. Peter Fisher (University of Liverpool)
- Prof. Gerald Matthews (University of Cincinatti)
- Prof. Marcantonio Spada (LSBU)
Wells, A & Matthews, G. (2015).
Attention and Emotion. Hove, UK: Psychology press. eScholarID:250089
Austin, S.F., Mors, O., Mordentoft, M., Hjorthoj, C.R., Secher, R.G., Hesse, M., Hagen, R., Spada, M. & Wells, A. (2015).
Schizophrenia and metacognition: An investigation of course of illness and metacognitive beliefs within a first episode psychosis. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 39, 61-69. eScholarID:258645
Callinan, S., Johnson, D. & Wells, A. (2015).
A randomised controlled study of the effects of the attention training technique on traumatic stress symptoms, emotional set shifting and flexibility. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 39, 4-13. eScholarID:258646
Malik, S., Wells, A., & Wittkowski, A. (2015).
Emotion regulation as a mediator in the relationship between attachment and depressive symptomatology: A systematic review. J Affect Disord, 172, 428-444. eScholarID:250086
Papageorgiou, C & Wells, A. (2015).
Group metacognitive therapy for severe antidepressant and CBT resistant depression: A baseline-controlled trial. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 39, 14-22. eScholarID:258647
Wells, A., Walton, D., Lovell,K. & Proctor, D. (2015).
Metacognitive therapy versus prolonged exposure in adults with chronic post-traumatic stress disorder: A parallel randomized controlled trial. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 39, 70-80. eScholarID:258648
Yilmaz, A. E., Gençöz, T., & Wells, A. (2015).
Unique Contributions of Metacognition and Cognition to Depressive Symptoms. J Gen Psychol, 142, 23-33. eScholarID:250084
Wells, A. & Carter, K. (2014).
Generalised Anxiety Disorder. In Carr, A & McNulty, M (Ed.), The Handbook of adult clinical psychology: an evidence based practice approach. UK: Routledge. eScholarID:250092
Bailey, R., & Wells, A. (2014).
Metacognitive Therapy in the Treatment of Hypochondriasis: A Systematic Case Series. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 38, 541-550. eScholarID:250076
Hutton, P., Morrison, A. P., Wardle, M., & Wells, A. (2014).
Metacognitive Therapy in Treatment-Resistant Psychosis: A Multiple-Baseline Study. B C P, 42, 166-185. eScholarID:250072
Malik, S., Wells, A. & Wittkowski, A. (2014).
Emotion regulation as a mediator in the relationship between attachment and depressive symptomatology: A systematic review. J Affect Disord, eScholarID:201486
Morrison, A. P., Pyle, M., Chapman, N., French, P., Parker, S. K., & Wells, A. (2014).
Metacognitive therapy in people with a schizophrenia spectrum diagnosis and medication resistant symptoms: A feasibility study. J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry, 45, 280-284. eScholarID:250080
Nassif, Y., & Wells, A. (2014).
Attention Training Reduces Intrusive Thoughts Cued by a Narrative of Stressful Life Events: A Controlled Study. J Clin Psychol, 70, 510-517. eScholarID:250062
Wells, A., & Roussis, P. (2014).
Refraining from intrusive thoughts is strategy dependent: A comment on Sugiura, et al. and a preliminary informal test of detached mindfulness, acceptance, and other strategies. Psychol Rep, 115, 541-544. eScholarID:250068
Welsh, P., Cartwright‐Hatton, S., Wells, A., Snow, L., & Tiffin, P. A. (2014).
Metacognitive beliefs in adolescents with an at‐risk mental state for psychosis. Early Interv Psychiatry, 8, 82-86. eScholarID:250058
Bevan, D., Wittkowski, A. & Wells, A. (2013).
A multiple-baseline study of the effects associated with metacognitive therapy in postpartum depression. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 58(1), 69-75. eScholarID:172793
Beven, D., Wittkowski, A. & Wells A. (2013).
A multiple-baseline study of the effects associated with metacognitive therapy in postpartum depression. J Midwifery Womens Health, 58, 69. eScholarID:250004
Hjemdal, O., Hagen, R., Nordahl, H.M. & Wells, A. (2013).
Metacognitive therapy for generalized anxiety disorder: Nature, evidence and an individual case illustration. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 20, 301-313. eScholarID:198481
Hjemdal, O., Stiles, T. & Wells, A. (2013).
Automatic thoughts and metacognition as predictor of depressive and anxious symptoms: A prospective study of two trajectories. S J O P, 54, 59. eScholarID:250046
Hutton, P., Morrison, A.P., Wardle, M. & Wells, A. (2013).
Metacognitive therapy in treatment-resistant psychosis: A multiple-baseline study. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 1-20. eScholarID:198479
Myers. S.G. & Wells, A. (2013).
An experimental manipulation of metacognition: A test of the metacognitive model of obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Behav Res Ther, 51, 177-184. eScholarID:250031
Dragan, M., Dragan, W.L., Kononowicz, T., Wells, A. (2012).
- Spada, M.M., Caselli, G., Wells, A. (In-press). A triphasic metacognitive formulation of problem drinking. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, eScholarID:173135 | DOI:10.1002/cpp.1791
Wells, A., Colbear, J.S. (2012).
Wells, A., Fisher P., Myers, S., Wheatley, J., Patel, T., Brewin, C.R. (2012).
Fisher, P. & Wells, A. (2011).
Metakognitive Terapi. Oslo, Norway: Gyldendal Akademisk. eScholarID:128144
Wells, A. (2011).
Kognitive Therapie der Angststorungen. dgvt- Verlag. eScholarID:179986
Wells, A. (2011).
Metakognitive Therapie bei Angoststorungen und Depression. Weinheim, Basel: Beltz Verlag. eScholarID:128145
Lorraine Maher-Edwards, Bruce A Fernie, Gabrielle Murphy, Adrian Wells, Marcantonio M. Spada. (2011).
Metacognitions and negative emotions as predictors of symptom severity in chronic fatigue syndrome. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 70(4), 311-317. eScholarID:123443 | DOI:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2010.09.016
- Maher-Edwards L.M., Fernie, B.A., Murphy, G., Wells, A., Spada, M. (In-press). Metacognitions and negative emotions as predictors of symptom severity in chronic fatigue syndrome. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, eScholarID:128146
Yilmaz, A.E., Gencoz, T. & Wells, A. (2011).
The temporal precedence of metacognition in the development of anxiety and depression symptoms in the context of life stress: A prospective study. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25, 389-396. eScholarID:128143 | DOI:10.1016/j.janxdis.2010.11.001
Adrian Wells, Peter Fisher. (2011).
Meta-cognitive therapy without metacognition: A case of ADHD. American Journal of Psychiatry, 168(3), 327-327. eScholarID:123445