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CATS associate researchers: Andrea Oskis

Andrea Oskis

Research psychologist

All of my research is driven by the common aim of investigating how our interpersonal bonds impact our psychological and physical well-being, especially earlier on in the lifespan. My studies span the areas of Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Psychophysiology. In the main, my research has examined attachment style in relation to objective, physiological markers of well-being, and most of my work has involved the classic 'stress' hormone cortisol. However, I have also looked at other salivary biomarkers, for example DHEA, and I am part of a new and exciting project examining the 'bonding' hormone, oxytocin, and examining this in relation to attachment, love and other aspects of interpersonal behaviour. I am carrying out this work with the Psychophysiology and Stress Research Group at the University of Westminster. I have developed my expertise in interview assessments of attachment style, particularly for adolescents, and parenting via my association with CATS and I work with the team in an applied capacity as accredited trainer for the Attachment Style Interview.

 

Refereed journal articles

Oskis, A., Loveday, C., Hucklebridge, F., Thorn, L., & Clow, A. (2013). Understanding alexithymia in female adolescents: The role of attachment style. Personality and Individual Differences, 54 (1), 97-102

Oskis, A., Loveday, C., Hucklebridge, F., Wood, D., & Clow, A.. (2012). Recovery from adolescent anorexia nervosa and associations with diurnal patterns of salivary stress hormones: A case report. Case Studies in Psychiatry, Volume 2012, Article ID 798512, 7 pages

Oskis, A., Loveday, C., Hucklebridge, F., Thorn, L. & Clow, A. (2012), Diurnal patterns of salivary cortisol and DHEA in adolescent anorexia nervosa. Stress, 15(6), 601-7.

Oskis, A., Clow, A., Thorn, L., Loveday, C. & Hucklebridge, F. (2012). Differences between the diurnal patterns of salivary cortisol and DHEA in healthy female adolescents. Stress, 15(1), 110-4.

Oskis, A., Loveday, C., Hucklebridge, F., Thorn, L., & Clow, A. (2011) Anxious attachment style and cortisol dysregulation in healthy female children and adolescents. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 52(2), 111–118.

Oskis, A., Loveday, C., Hucklebridge, F., Thorn, L. & Clow, A. (2009). Diurnal patterns of salivary cortisol across the adolescent period in healthy females. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 34(3), 307-316.

 

Manustcripts in sumission

Oskis, A., Thorn, L. and Clow, A. Predictors of female adolescent depression: A study of mother-daughter dyads. Under review in Journal of Adolescent Research.

Clarkson, K, Bifulco, B., Oskis, A. and Hosang, G.M. Bipolar disorder and the parental bond. Under review in Journal of Affective Disorders.

 

Grants and awards

2012: American Psychosomatic Society Young Investigator Colloquium Award Invited attendance at the annual conference in Miami March 2013 and San Francisco March 2014.

2013: Bial Foundation 'The psychophysiology of human attachment and relationships' 50,000 Euros.

 

Invited lectures

2013: British Psychological Society Psychology 4 Students National conference 'Relationships: stress, well-being and the role of parents' London, UK, November 21st.

2013: Department of Human and Health Sciences, University of Westminster 'The HPA axis, adolescence and relationships' London, Uk, 25th January 2013.

2012: British Psychological Society Psychology 4 Students National conference 'Relationships: stress, well-being and the role of parents' Nottingham, UK, November 21st.

2010: Department of Psychology, Technical University of Dresden 'Patterns of cortisol and DHEA secretion and relationships with psychosocial variables in healthy female adolescents and anorexia nervosa' Germany, October 2nd.

2007: The Ellern Mede Centre for Eating Disorders ‘Cortisol as a mind-body link in Anorexia Nervosa’ London, UK, October 29.

2007: The Cardinal Vaughn Memorial School 'Eating disorders in adolescence' London, UK, April 23.

2006: Portland Place School 'Cortisol as a mind-body link in adolescents' London, UK, September 21.

 

Conference paper presentations

2013: Oskis, A. Symposium covenant: Attachment style in adolescents and adults: Association with risk and disorder. British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Harrogate, UK, April 9-11.

2012: Oskis, A., Loveday, C., Hucklebridge, F., Thorn, L., & Clow, A. Understanding alexithymia in female adolescents: the role of attachment style. British Psychological Society Developmental Section Annual Conference, Scotland, UK, September 5-7.

2010: Oskis, A., Clow, A., Hucklebridge, F., Thorn, L. & Loveday, C. Anxious attachment style and cortisol dysregulation in healthy female children and adolescents. British Psychological Society Developmental Section Annual Conference, London, UK, September 12-15.

 

Conference poster presentations

2012: Oskis, A., Loveday, C., Hucklebridge, F., Thorn, L., & Clow, A. Understanding alexithymia in female adolescents: associations with the attachment style. American Psychosomatic Society Annual Conference, Athens, Greece, March 14-16.

2010: Oskis, A., Clow, A., Hucklebridge, F., Thorn, L. & Loveday, C. Diurnal patterns of salivary cortisol and DHEA in female adolescents with anorexia nervosa. American Psychosomatic Society Annual Conference, Portland, USA, March 10-13.

2010: Oskis, A., Clow, A., Thorn, L., Loveday, C. & Hucklebridge, F. Patterns of salivary DHEA secretion in healthy female adolescents: relationships with salivary cortisol and developmental markers. American Psychosomatic Society Annual Conference, Portland, USA, March 10-13.

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