Charlotte Aynsworth

Dr Charlotte Aynsworth

Mental Health Research Fellow

Dr Charlotte Aynsworth, Mental Health Research Fellow


Charlotte is a Research Clinical Psychologist who has specialised in providing psychological treatments for people with psychosis. Charlotte has a range of experience across the translational research pathway; from theory development to co-ordinating research clinical trials testing novel psychological treatments for psychosis.

Charlotte’s independent research focuses on developing our understanding and treatment for visual hallucinations in psychosis.

Area of work

Charlotte’s remit in the NIHR ARC North East and North Cumbria is to build and develop mental health research capacity and capability in the region, to enhance the mental health of the most underserved populations.

Areas of interest 

  • Development and evaluation of complex interventions
  • Mental Health (in particular psychosis)
  • Mixed methods research
  • Patient and public involvement
  • Knowledge mobilisation and implementation

Recent or relevant publications 

Dudley, R., Dodgson, G., Common, S., O’Grady, L., Watson, F., Gibbs, C., Arnott, B., Fernhough, C., Alderson-Day, B., Ogindimu, E., Kharatikoopaei, E., Patton, V., & Aynsworth C. (2022) Managing Unusual Sensory Experiences (MUSE) in people with first episode psychosis: A study protocol for a single blind parallel group randomised controlled feasibility trial (MUSE FEP). BMJ Open, 12:e061827. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-061827

Freeman, D., Rosebrock, L., Waite, F., Loe, B. S., Kabir, T., Petit, A., Dudley, R., Chapman, K., Morisson, A., O’Regan, E., Aynsworth, C., Jones, J., Murphy, E., Powling, R., Peel, H., Walker, H., Byrne, R., Freeman, J., Rovira, A., Galal, U., Yu, L-M., Clark, D. M. & Lambe, S. (2022). Virtual reality (VR) therapy for patients with psychosis: satisfaction and side effects. Psychological Medicine, 1-12. Doi: 10.1017/S0033291722001167

Freeman, D., Lambe, S., Kabir, T., Petit, A., Rosebrock, L., Yu, L-M., Dudley, R., Chapman, K., Morrison, A., O’Regan, E., Aynsworth, C., Jones, J., Murphy, E., Powling, R., Galal, U., Grabey, J., Rovira, A., Martin, J., Hollis, C., Clark, D. M. & Waite, F. (2022). Automated virtual reality therapy to treat agoraphobic avoidance and distress in patients with psychosis (gameChange): a multicentre, parallel-group, single blind, randomised controlled trial in England with mediation and moderation analyses. The Lancet Psychiatry, 9 (5), 375-388. doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(22)00060-8

Rosebrock., L., Lambe, S., Mulhall, S., Petit, A., Loe, B., Saidel, S., Pervez, M., Mitchell, J., Chauhan, N., Prouten, E., Chan, C., Aynsworth, C., Murphy, E., Jones, J., Powling, R., Chapman, K., Dudley, R., Morrison, A., O’Regan, E., Clark, D. M., Waite, F., & Freeman, D. (2022). Understanding agoraphobic avoidance: The development of the Oxford Cognitions and Defences Questionnaire (O-CDQ). Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 1-12. doi: 10.1017/S1352465822000030

Lambe, S., Bird, J. C., Loe, A., Rosebrock, L., Kabir, T., Petit, A., Mulhall, S., Jenner, L., Aynsworth, C., Murphy, E., Jones, J., Powling, R., Chapman, K., Dudley, R., Morrison, A., O’Regan, E., Yu, L.-M., Clark, D., Waite, F., & Freeman, D. (2021). The Oxford Agoraphobic Avoidance Scale. Psychological Medicine, 1-11. doi: 10.1017/S003329172713

Dodgson, G., Aynsworth, C., Mitrenga, K., Gibbs, C., Fernhough, C., Patton, V., Fernyhough, C., Dudley, R., Ewels, C., Leach, L., Alderson-Day, B., & Common, S. (2020). Managing Unusual Sensory Experiences: A feasibility trial in an At Risk Mental State for psychosis group. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice. doi: 10.1111/papt.12323

Mawn, L., Campbell, T., Aynsworth, C., Beckwith, H., Luce, A., Barclay, N., Dodgson, G. & Freeston, M. (2020). Comorbidity of Obsessive-Compulsive and Psychotic Experiences: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 26. Doi: 10.1016/j.jocrd.2020.100539

Dudley, R., Aynsworth, C., Mosimann, U., Taylor, J-P., Smailes, D., Collerton, D., McCarthy-Jones, S. & Urwyler, P. (2019). A comparison of visual hallucinations across disorders. Psychiatry Research, 272, 86-92. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2018.12.052

Dudley, R., Aynsworth, C., Cheetam, R., McCarthy-Jones, S. & Collerton, D. (2018). Prevalence and characteristics of multi-modal hallucinations in people with psychosis and experience visual hallucinations. Psychiatry Research, 269, 25-30. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2018.08.032

Aynsworth, C., Nemat, N., Collerton, D., Smailes, D., & Dudley, R. (2017). Reality monitoring performance and the role of visual imagery in visual hallucinations. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 97, 115-122. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2017.07.012

Aynsworth, C., Collerton, D. & Dudley. R. (2017). Measures of Visual Hallucinations: Review and recommendations. Clinical Psychology Review, 57, 164-182. doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2017.05.001

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