Ruth is a researcher with an interest in forensic psychology and the interplay between the environment and person centred factors and how they influence mental health and behaviour. She has been involved in a number of research studies, including the Study of Adolescentsí Family Experiences (SAFE) an RCT of Functional Family Therapy in relation to youth offending and recidivism and an evaluation of pilot services for personality disordered offenders. More recently, she completed her PhD on the topic of how personality and temperament influences mental health service use in adolescents.
Peer reviewed publications
Spence, R., Roberts, A., Ariti, C., & Bardsley, M. (2014). Focus on: Antidepressant prescribing. Trends in the prescribing of antidepressants in primary care. The Health Foundation and the Nuffield Trust.
Spence, R., Owens, M., & Goodyer, I. (2013). The longitudinal psychometric properties of the EAS temperament survey in adolescence. Journal of Personality Assessment, 95(6), 633-639.
Spence, R., Owens, M., & Goodyer, I. (2012). Item response theory and validity of the NEO-FFI in adolescence. Journal of Personality and Individual Differences, 53(6-4), 801-807.
Fortune, Z., Rose, D., Crawford, M., Spence, R., Mudd, D., Barrett, B., Coid, J.W., Tyrer, P., & Moran, P. (2010). An evaluation of new services for personality-disordered offenders: Staff and service user perspectives. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 56(2), 186-195.