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Elliot BellSenior Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist, Psychological Medicine Department

Contact details

Tel +64 4 806 1894
Email elliot.bell@otago.ac.nz

Research interests and activities

I completed my PhD thesis on the measurement of theory of mind in schizophrenia, and from this I have developed research interests in social cognition and neurocognition in mental disorders, and in psychometrics. I have additional research interests in cognitive behaviour therapies, mental health rehabilitation, intellectual disability, forensic rehabilitation, resilience, and psychological factors in the rehabilitation of physical health conditions.

I teach cognitive behaviour therapies and other mental health topics to psychiatry registrars and undergraduate medical students, and supervise a number of PhD students across a range of topics. I am the Postgraduate Research Students Convener at Psychological Medicine, and welcome approaches from prospective students to discuss PhD opportunities with me or other academic staff in the Department. In addition to these roles in Psychological Medicine, I co-ordinate a post-graduate paper through the Department of Medicine's Rehabilitation Teaching and Research Unit.

With regard to clinical practice, my background is in public mental health services, and I currently work as a private practitioner. My clinical interests include cognitive behaviour therapy, depression, anxiety, trauma, and positive psychology.

I am a Fellow of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP), past vice-president of the NZCCP, and am currently a member of the New Zealand Psychologists Board.

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Publications

Davey, S., Bell, E., & Halberstadt, J. (2023). Using targeted visceroception to improve interoceptive sensibility and emotion regulation. New Ideas in Psychology, 68, 100989. doi: 10.1016/j.newideapsych.2022.100989

De Salis, H. F., Martin, R., Bell, E., & Newton-Howes, G. (2022). A realist evaluation of residential treatment of adults with substance use disorder: Development of an initial programme theory. Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Mental Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s40737-022-00290-8

Davey, S., Bell, E., & Halberstadt, J. (2022). Adapting a two-stage water load test to measure gastric sensitivity over time [Brief communication]. Physiology & Behavior, 253, 113856. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2022.113856

Sutton, L., Bell, E., Every-Palmer, S., Weatherall, M., & Skirrow, P. (2022). Survivorship of patients after long intensive care stay with exploration and experience in a New Zealand cohort (SPLIT ENZ): Protocol for a mixed methods study. JMIR Research Protocols, 11(3), e35936. doi: 10.2196/35936

Davey, S., Halberstadt, J., & Bell, E. (2022). Where is an emotion? Greater interference in a gut-focused visceroception group undertaking an emotional stop-signal task. New Ideas in Psychology, 65, 100933. doi: 10.1016/j.newideapsych.2022.100933

Kirwan, J., Bell, E., Louden-Bell, K., & Thomson, M. (2014). Stand by me: Helping your teen through tough times. Auckland, New Zealand: Penguin, 320p.

Authored Book - Research

Carr, V., Green, M. J., & Bell, E. M. (2017). Schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders. In N. Pelling & L. Burton (Eds.), Abnormal psychology in context: The Australian and New Zealand handbook. (pp. 76-93). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Bell, E. M., Langdon, R., Siegert, R. J., & Ellis, P. M. (2010). The assessment of theory of mind in schizophrenia. In G. Dimaggio & P. H. Lysaker (Eds.), Metacognition and severe adult mental disorders: From research to treatment. (pp. 115-133). Hove, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Davey, S., Bell, E., & Halberstadt, J. (2023). Using targeted visceroception to improve interoceptive sensibility and emotion regulation. New Ideas in Psychology, 68, 100989. doi: 10.1016/j.newideapsych.2022.100989

Journal - Research Article

Davey, S., Halberstadt, J., & Bell, E. (2022). Where is an emotion? Greater interference in a gut-focused visceroception group undertaking an emotional stop-signal task. New Ideas in Psychology, 65, 100933. doi: 10.1016/j.newideapsych.2022.100933

Journal - Research Article

De Salis, H. F., Martin, R., Bell, E., & Newton-Howes, G. (2022). A realist evaluation of residential treatment of adults with substance use disorder: Development of an initial programme theory. Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Mental Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s40737-022-00290-8

Journal - Research Article

Soulié, T., Levack, W., Jenkin, G., Collings, S., & Bell, E. (2022). Learning from clinicians' positive inclination to suicidal patients: A grounded theory model. Death Studies, 46(2), 485-494. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2020.1744201

Journal - Research Article

Davey, S., Halberstadt, J., & Bell, E. (2021). Where is emotional feeling felt in the body? An integrative review. PLoS ONE, 16(12), e0261685. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0261685

Journal - Research Article

Every-Palmer, S., Cunningham, R., Jenkins, M., & Bell, E. (2021). The Christchurch mosque shooting, the media, and subsequent gun control reform in New Zealand: A descriptive analysis. Psychiatry, Psychology & Law, 28(2), 274-285. doi: 10.1080/13218719.2020.1770635

Journal - Research Article

Soulié, T., Jenkin, G., Collings, S., & Bell, E. (2021). Relationship between clinicians’ inclination toward patients at risk for suicide (PRS) and self-reported countertransference. Archives of Suicide Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13811118.2021.1972883

Journal - Research Article

Soulié, T., Bell, E., Jenkin, G., Sim, D., & Collings, S. (2020). Systematic exploration of countertransference phenomena in the treatment of patients at risk for suicide. Archives of Suicide Research, 24(1), 96-118. doi: 10.1080/13811118.2018.1506844

Journal - Research Article

Adams, M., Weatherall, M., & Bell, E. (2019). A cohort study of the association between psychosocial factors and pain in patients with Spinal Cord Injury and stroke. NeuroRehabilitation, 45(3), 419-427. doi: 10.3233/nre-192872

Journal - Research Article

Matthews, M., Bell, E., & Mirfin-Veitch, B. (2018). Comparing psychopathology rates across autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities. Advances in Mental Health & Intellectual Disabilities, 12(5/6), 163-172. doi: 10.1108/AMHID-04-2018-0023

Journal - Research Article

Lopez, L., Graham, F., Bell, E., & Hay-Smith, E. J. C. (2017). The lived experience of older adults' adjustment to amputation in the context of wheelchair use. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 45(2), 67-74. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/45.2.03

Journal - Research Article

Dean, S., Britt, E., Bell, E., Stanley, J., & Collings, S. (2016). Motivational interviewing to enhance adolescent mental health treatment engagement: A randomized clinical trial. Psychological Medicine, 46(9), 1961-1969. doi: 10.1017/s0033291716000568

Journal - Research Article

Boland, P., Levack, W. M. M., Hudson, S., & Bell, E. M. (2012). Coping with multiple sclerosis as a couple: 'Peaks and troughs': An interpretative phenomenological exploration. Disability & Rehabilitation, 34(16), 1367-1375. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2011.645115

Journal - Research Article

Siegert, R. J., Weatherall, M., & Bell, E. M. (2008). Is implicit sequence learning impaired in schizophrenia? A meta-analysis. Brain & Cognition, 67, 351-359. doi: 10.1016/j.bandc.2008.02.005

Journal - Research Article

Davey, S., Bell, E., & Halberstadt, J. (2022). Adapting a two-stage water load test to measure gastric sensitivity over time [Brief communication]. Physiology & Behavior, 253, 113856. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2022.113856

Journal - Research Other

Sutton, L., Bell, E., Every-Palmer, S., Weatherall, M., & Skirrow, P. (2022). Survivorship of patients after long intensive care stay with exploration and experience in a New Zealand cohort (SPLIT ENZ): Protocol for a mixed methods study. JMIR Research Protocols, 11(3), e35936. doi: 10.2196/35936

Journal - Research Other

Little, J. D., & Bell, E. (2021). Anosognosia and schizophrenia: A reminder. Australasian Psychiatry, 29(3), 344-345. doi: 10.1177/1039856220928866

Journal - Research Other

Soulié, T. S. E., Levack, W. M. M., & Bell, E. M. (2021). Barriers to positive outcomes in treating patients at risk of suicide in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Perspectives from ‘positively inclined’ clinicians [Brief report]. Kōtuitui, 16(1), 225-232. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2020.1856148

Journal - Research Other

Sutton-Smith, L., Weatherall, M., Bell, E. M., Every-Palmer, S., & Skirrow, P. (2021). What are the long-term outcomes for New Zealand survivors of critical illness? New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1547), 121-126. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Other

Davey, S., Bell, E., Halberstadt, J., & Collings, S. (2020). Where is an emotion? Using targeted visceroception as a method of improving emotion regulation in healthy participants to inform suicide prevention initiatives: A randomised controlled trial. Trials, 21, 642. doi: 10.1186/s13063-020-04479-9

Journal - Research Other

Every-Palmer, S., Flewett, T., Dean, S., Hansby, O., Colman, A., Weatherall, M., & Bell, E. (2019). Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder in adults with serious mental illness within forensic and rehabilitation services: A study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 20, 642. doi: 10.1186/s13063-019-3760-2

Journal - Research Other

Boland, P., Levack, W. M. M., Hudson, S., & Bell, E. (2018). A qualitative exploration of barriers and facilitators to coping experienced by couples when one has multiple sclerosis. International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation, 25(5), 240-246. doi: 10.12968/ijtr.2018.25.5.240

Journal - Research Other

Davey, S., Halberstadt, J., Bell, E., & Collings, S. (2018). A scoping review of suicidality and alexithymia: The need to consider interoception. Journal of Affective Disorders, 238, 424-441. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2018.06.027

Journal - Research Other

Davey, S., Bell, E., Halberstadt, J., & Collings, S. (2018). A scoping review of suicidality and alexithymia: The need to consider interoception. Proceedings of the 8th Asia Pacific Regional Conference on Suicide Prevention (IASP). (pp. 117). Retrieved from https://iasp.info/newzealand/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Soulie, T., Bell, E., Jenkin, G., & Collings, S. (2018). Understanding clinicians' positive inclination to patients at risk for suicide: Preliminary findings. Proceedings of the 8th Asia Pacific Regional Conference on Suicide Prevention (IASP). (pp. 119). Retrieved from https://iasp.info/newzealand/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Soulie, T., Bell, E., Jenkin, G., Sim, D., & Collings, S. (2018). Effect of clinicians' profession and theoretical orientation on levels of endorsement of countertransference to suicidal patients. Proceedings of the 8th Asia Pacific Regional Conference on Suicide Prevention (IASP). (pp. 118-119). Retrieved from https://iasp.info/newzealand/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Adams, M., Weatherall, M., & Bell, E. (2017). A cohort study of psychosocial factors in relationship to pain in patients with SCI and stroke in New Zealand. Proceedings of the New Zealand Rehabilitation Conference: Making an Impact: Putting Knowledge to Work in Rehabilitation. Retrieved from http://www.nzrehabconference2017.co.nz/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Adams, M., Weatherall, M., & Bell, E. (2017). A cohort study of psychosocial factors in relationship to pain in patients with SCI and stroke in New Zealand. International Journal of Stroke, 12(3, Suppl.), (pp. 49). doi: 10.1177/1747493017720548

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Dean, S., Britt, E., Bell, E., Stanley, J., & Collings, S. (2017). Engaging adolescents in mental health treatment. Proceedings of the International Conference on Motivational Interviewing. (pp. 45). Retrieved from http://www.icmi-conference.org

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Jasperse, M., MacDonald, J., Kindon, S., Bell, E., & Ellis, P. (2016). “Damaged” & “Difficult”: Deconstructing the disempowering discourses that dominate refugee resettlement. Proceedings of the 6th Annual North American Refugee Conference. (pp. 64). Retrieved from http://centerforrefugeehealth.com/north-american-refugee-health-conference/speakers

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Bell, E., Siegert, R., & Weatherall, M. (2007). Is implicit sequence learning impaired in schizophrenia? Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 41(Suppl. 2), (pp. A474). doi: 10.1080/00048670701757092

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Fane De Salis, H., Martin, R., Bell, E., & Newton-Howes, G. (2021, September). A realist evaluation of residential treatment of adults with substance use disorder: Promoting equity by understanding what works for whom. Poster session presented at the Achieving Health Equity from Research Conference [Otago Spotlight Series], Wellington, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Boland, P., Levack, W., Hudson, S., & Bell, E. (2014, September). 'Swings and roundabouts': The influences of external factors on the way married couples cope with multiple sclerosis. Poster session presented at the Division of Health Sciences Research Forum: Learning Different Research Languages, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Bell, E. (2020, November). The Christchurch mosque shooting and the psychology of "focussing events". Verbal presentation at the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) New Zealand Conference: A Climate for Change: Nga Tohu Huarere e panoni haere nei, he ao hurihuri, Napier, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Bell, E., Hansby, O., Weatherall, M., Grant, E., Fairley, N. A., & Every-Palmer, S. (2019, October). Characteristics of "special patients": Preliminary findings from a 20-year retrospective cohort study into clinical, functioning and offending outcomes following rehabilitation. Verbal presentation at the Otago Spotlight Series: Mental Health Research, Wellington, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Soulié, T., Bell, E., Jenkin, G., Sim, D., & Collings, S. (2017, July). Paradoxical countertransference: Systematic account of countertransference phenomena in the treatment of patients at risk for suicide. Verbal presentation at the 29th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and 21st Malaysian Conference on Psychological Medicine (MCPM), Kuching, Malaysia.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Bell, E. M., Langdon, R., Ellis, P., & Siegert, R. J. (2013, April). Psychometric properties of the "Reading the Mind in the Eyes" task as a measure of mind in people with schizophrenia. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP) 23rd National Conference: Upping our game "Nga Ringa Raupa", Dunedin, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Bell, E., & Moore, D. J. (2013, July). New Zealand College of Clinical Psychology: Beginnings, current issues, and future directions. Invited presentation at the American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Bell, E., Moore, D. J., & Banks, C. (2013, July). Maori culture and psychopharmacology. Invited presentation at the American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Bell, E. (2010, August). Addressing social cognitive impairments in schizophrenia rehabilitation: Measuring 'Theory of Mind'. Verbal presentation at the Rehabilitation & Disability Research Theme Colloquium, Wellington, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Bell, E. (2009, November). Blog spot. Invited presentation at the Rehabilitation Teaching and Research Unit Research Students' Study Day: Best Practice in Rehabilitation, Wellington, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Bell, E., Langdon, R., Siegert, R., & Ellis, P. (2009, July). The assessment of “theory of mind” in schizophrenia. Verbal presentation at the Australian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM), National Institute of Rehabilitation Research (NIRR), and the New Zealand Rehabilitation Association (NZRA) Rehabilitation Conference: Working Together Across the Lifespan, Queenstown, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Bell, E. (2008, August). Considering co-morbidities: Managing mental and physical disability. Keynote presentation at the Rehabilitation Teaching and Research Unit Second Semester Seminar, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Bell, E., Siegert, R., & Weatherall, M. (2007, November). Is implicit sequence learning impaired in schizophrenia? A meta-analysis. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists Annual Conference, Nelson, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Bell, E. (2006, September). Psychological aspects of the rehabilitation of forensic psychiatric patients. Verbal presentation at the North London Forensic Service IXth International Conference, Cambridge, England.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Bell, E., Siegert, R., & Ellis, P. (2006, July). Operationalising theory of mind: The psychometrics of mentalizing. Verbal presentation at the Cognitive Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Research Forum, Sydney, Australia.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Bell, E. M. (2012). Operationalising "theory of mind": The psychometrics of mentalising in schizophrenia (PhD). University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand.

Awarded Doctoral Degree

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