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Katie DouglasSenior Research Fellow/Sir Charles Hercus Fellow

BSc (Hons) (Otago); PG Dip Clin Psych (Canterbury); PhD (Otago), MNZCCP

Katie is a Senior Research Fellow and a Registered Clinical Psychologist. Her current research interests include:

- biological, hormonal, and cognitive aspects of mood and anxiety disorders
- cognitive interventions for mood disorders
- cognitive and biological impact of earthquake-related PTSD
- influence of childhood trauma on mental health outcomes

In the past five years, Katie has been awarded six research grants as Principal Investigator, including the prestigious Sir Charles Hercus Fellowship from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (2018). Over the same time period, she has been a named co-investigator on six funded research projects. Katie has extensive experience in clinical trial methodology and is currently involved in several clinical trials being conducted through the Clinical Research Unit within the Department, and within the Canterbury DHB. She is currently leading an innovative randomised controlled trial of group-based Cognitive Remediation in mood disorders.

Katie currently supervises four PhD students in the areas of cognitive functioning in, and cognitive treatments for, mood disorders. She also supervises a project examining mood and cognitive function in a sample of females with poly-cystic ovarian syndrome.

In her clinical work, Katie delivers therapy in treatment trials of mood disorders within the Department of Psychological Medicine. She has previous experience working clinically in health psychology and forensic psychology settings.

Professional affiliations

  •  Chair of the Early to Mid-Career Researcher subcommittee of the Australasian Society of Bipolar and Depressive Disorders
  •  Junior Editorial Board – Bipolar Disorders journal
  • New Zealand Special Interest Group in Neuropsychology
  • New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists

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Publications

Douglas, K. M., Groves, S., Porter, R. J., Jordan, J., Wilson, L., Melzer, T. R., … Bell, C. J. (2019). Traumatic imagery following glucocorticoid administration in earthquake-related post-traumatic stress disorder: A preliminary functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0004867419851860

Averill, I. R. E., Beaglehole, B., Douglas, K. M., Jordan, J., Crowe, M. T., Inder, M., Lacey, C. J., Frampton, C. M., … Porter, R. J. (2019). Activation therapy for the treatment of inpatients with depression: Protocol for a randomised control trial compared to treatment as usual. BMC Psychiatry, 19(1), 52. doi: 10.1186/s12888-019-2038-2

Carter, J. D., McIntosh, V. V. W., Jordan, J., Porter, R. J., Douglas, K., Frampton, C. M., & Joyce, P. R. (2018). Patient predictors of response to cognitive behaviour therapy and schema therapy for depression. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 52(9), 887-897. doi: 10.1177/0004867417750756

Douglas, K. M., Gallagher, P., Robinson, L. J., Carter, J. D., McIntosh, V. V. W., Frampton, C. M. A., … Porter, R. J. (2018). Prevalence of cognitive impairment in major depression and bipolar disorder. Bipolar Disorders, 20(3), 260-274. doi: 10.1111/bdi.12602

Bell, C. J., Frampton, C. M., Colhoun, H. C., Douglas, K. M., McIntosh, V. V. W., Carter, F. A., Jordan, J., … Porter, R. J. (2018). Earthquake brain: Impairment of spatial memory following long-term earthquake-related stress. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0004867418789498

Journal - Research Article

Douglas, K. M., Groves, S., Porter, R. J., Jordan, J., Wilson, L., Melzer, T. R., … Bell, C. J. (2019). Traumatic imagery following glucocorticoid administration in earthquake-related post-traumatic stress disorder: A preliminary functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0004867419851860

Carter, J. D., McIntosh, V. V. W., Jordan, J., Porter, R. J., Douglas, K., Frampton, C. M., & Joyce, P. R. (2018). Patient predictors of response to cognitive behaviour therapy and schema therapy for depression. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 52(9), 887-897. doi: 10.1177/0004867417750756

Bell, C. J., Frampton, C. M., Colhoun, H. C., Douglas, K. M., McIntosh, V. V. W., Carter, F. A., Jordan, J., … Porter, R. J. (2018). Earthquake brain: Impairment of spatial memory following long-term earthquake-related stress. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0004867418789498

Douglas, K. M., Gallagher, P., Robinson, L. J., Carter, J. D., McIntosh, V. V. W., Frampton, C. M. A., … Porter, R. J. (2018). Prevalence of cognitive impairment in major depression and bipolar disorder. Bipolar Disorders, 20(3), 260-274. doi: 10.1111/bdi.12602

Averill, I. R. E., Crowe, M., Frampton, C. M., Beaglehole, B., Lacey, C. J., Jordan, J., Wilson, L. D., Douglas, K. M., & Porter, R. J. (2018). Clinical response to treatment in inpatients with depression correlates with changes in activity levels and psychomotor speed. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 52(7), 652-659. doi: 10.1177/0004867417753549

Bell, C. J., Colhoun, H. C., Frampton, C. M., Douglas, K. M., McIntosh, V. V. W., Carter, F. A., Jordan, J., Carter, J. D., … Porter, R. J. (2017). Earthquake brain: Altered recognition and misclassification of facial expressions are related to trauma exposure but not posttraumatic stress disorder. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 8, 278. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2017.00278

Douglas, K. M., & Van Rheenen, T. E. (2016). Current treatment options for cognitive impairment in bipolar disorder: A review. Current Treatment Options in Psychiatry, 3(4), 330-355. doi: 10.1007/s40501-016-0092-7

Porter, R. J., Bourke, C., Carter, J. D., Douglas, K. M., McIntosh, V. V. W., Jordan, J., Joyce, P. R., & Frampton, C. M. A. (2016). No change in neuropsychological dysfunction or emotional processing during treatment of major depression with cognitive-behaviour therapy or schema therapy. Psychological Medicine, 46(2), 393-404. doi: 10.1017/S0033291715001907

Porter, R. J., Douglas, K., Jordan, J., Bowie, C. R., Roiser, J., & Malhi, G. S. (2014). Psychological treatments for cognitive dysfunction in major depressive disorder: Current evidence and perspectives. CNS & Neurological Disorders: Drug Targets, 13(10), 1677-1692. doi: 10.2174/1871527313666141130223248

Douglas, K. M., Porter, R. J., Knight, R. G., & Alsop, B. (2013). The dynamics of word retrieval in major depression. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 47, 276-283. doi: 10.1177/0004867412465124

Stain, H. J., Hodne, S., Joa, I., ten Velden Hegelstad, W., Douglas, K. M., Langveld, J., … Larsen, T. K. (2012). The relationship of verbal learning and verbal fluency with written story production: Implications for social functioning in first episode psychosis. Schizophrenia Research, 138(2-3), 212-217. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2012.04.002

Douglas, K. M., Porter, R. J., & Johnston, L. (2012). Sensitivity to posed and genuine facial expressions of emotion in severe depression. Psychiatry Research, 196(1), 72-78. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2011.10.019

Douglas, K. M., & Porter, R. J. (2012). The effect of childhood trauma on pharmacological treatment response in depressed inpatients. Psychiatry Research, 200(2-3), 1058-1061. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2012.06.015

Douglas, K. M., & Porter, R. J. (2012). Associations between hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis function and facial emotion processing in depressed and control participants. Psychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences, 66(5), 442-450.

Douglas, K. M., Porter, R. J., Knight, R. G., & Maruff, P. (2011). Neuropsychological changes and treatment response in severe depression. British Journal of Psychiatry, 198, 115-122. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.110.080713

McNeill, L. S., & Douglas, K. (2011). Retailing masculinity: Gender expectations and social image of male grooming products in New Zealand. Journal of Retailing & Consumer Services, 18, 448-454. doi: 10.1016/j.jretconser.2011.06.009

Bourke, C., Douglas, K., & Porter, R. (2010). Processing of facial emotion expression in major depression: A review. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 44(8), 681-696. doi: 10.3109/00048674.2010.496359

Douglas, K. M., & Porter, R. J. (2010). Recognition of disgusted facial expressions in severe depression. British Journal of Psychiatry, 197, 156-157. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.110.078113

Douglas, K. M., & Porter, R. J. (2009). Longitudinal assessment of neuropsychological function in major depression. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 43(12), 1105-1117. doi: 10.3109/00048670903279887

Douglas, K. M., Porter, R. J., Frampton, C. M., Gallagher, P., & Young, A. H. (2009). Abnormal response to failure in unmedicated major depression. Journal of Affective Disorders, 119, 92-99. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2009.02.018

Porter, R. J., Douglas, K., & Knight, R. G. (2008). Monitoring of cognitive effects during a course of electroconvulsive therapy: Recommendations for clinical practice. Journal of ECT, 24(1), 25-34.

Douglas, K. M., & Bilkey, D. K. (2007). Amusia is associated with deficits in spatial processing. Nature Neuroscience, 10(7), 915-921. doi: 10.1038/nn1925

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Journal - Research Other

Averill, I. R. E., Beaglehole, B., Douglas, K. M., Jordan, J., Crowe, M. T., Inder, M., Lacey, C. J., Frampton, C. M., … Porter, R. J. (2019). Activation therapy for the treatment of inpatients with depression: Protocol for a randomised control trial compared to treatment as usual. BMC Psychiatry, 19(1), 52. doi: 10.1186/s12888-019-2038-2

Groves, S. J., Douglas, K. M., & Porter, R. J. (2018). A systematic review of cognitive predictors of treatment outcome in major depression. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 9, 382. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00382

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Douglas, K. M. (2016). Cognitive functioning following electroconvulsive therapy: Research findings and recommendations for monitoring. NZSIGN, 4, 9-17.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Sukhapure, M., Douglas, K., Fenton, A., & Porter, R. (2017). Sex hormones, mood, cognitive function and emotion processing in women. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130(1459), (pp. 80). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Douglas, K., Porter, R., Crowe, M., Inder, M., Jordan, J., Beaglehole, B., Lacey, C., Mulder, R., & Bowie, C. (2015). Psychosocial and cognitive remediation for recurrent mood disorders: Pilot findings and project outline. Bipolar Disorders, 17(Suppl. 1), (pp. 87). [Abstract]

Douglas, K. M., Johnston, L., Maruff, P., Knight, R., & Porter, R. J. (2010). Hot and cold neuropsychological impairment in severe depression. Journal of Affective Disorders. 122(Suppl 1), (pp. S33). doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2010.02.004

Douglas, K. M., & Porter, R. J. (2009). Facial expression recognition in inpatient major depression. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 23(9, Suppl.), (pp. A79). [Abstract]

Treharne, G. J., Lyons, A. C., Hale, E. D., Douglas, K. M., Booth, D. A., & Kitas, G. D. (2008). The role of perceived stress for well-being over 5 years with rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatology, 47(Suppl. 2), (pp. ii153). doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kem530

Douglas, K. M., & Bilkey, D. K. (2007). Amusia is associated with deficits in spatial processing. In J. G. Anson (Ed.), Proceedings of the 25th International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research. 25, (pp. 50). AWCBR. Retrieved from http://psy.otago.ac.nz/awcbr/Abstracts/2007Abstracts.pdf

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Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Douglas, K. M., & Porter, R. J. (2009, September). Impaired recognition of disgusted facial expressions in severe depression. Poster session presented at the Third Annual Division of Health Sciences Research Forum, Wellington, New Zealand.

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Douglas, K. (2017, June). CR in recurrent mood disorders: Functional and neuropsychological outcomes. Verbal presentation at the Cognitive Remediation in Psychiatry Conference, New York, USA.

Douglas, K., Porter, R., Crowe, M., Inder, M., Jordan, J., Groves, S. J., Lacey, C., Beaglehole, B., Mulder, R., Joyce, P., Knight, R. G., & Bowie, C. (2015, November). Direct targeting cognitive impairment in recurrent mood disorder treatments: Findings from pilot studies. Verbal presentation at the Australasian Society for Bipolar & Depressive Disorders (ASBDD) Conference, Sydney, Australia.

Douglas, K. (2014, April). Chest pain. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP) and the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) Joint Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Douglas, K., Porter, R., Watson, S., Gallagher, P., Ferrier, N., Lister, E., & Young, A. (2013, December). Influence of childhood trauma on mood disorder presentation and treatment. Verbal presentation at the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research (ASPR) Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Douglas, K. M., Porter, R. J., & Johnston, L. (2011, December). Sensitivity to posed and genuine facial expressions of emotion in depression. Verbal presentation at the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research (ASPR) Conference: From Idea to Implementation, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Porter, R., Douglas, K., Johnston, L., & MacKenzie, A. (2011, December). Emotional processing in depression and stress. Verbal presentation at the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research (ASPR) Conference: From Idea to Implementation, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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