Dr. BARRY Tom Joseph
Assistant Professor (Research)


PhD Experimental Psychopathology (2015) – University of Leuven, Belgium
MSc Cognitive Neuroscience (with distinction) (2011) – University of Reading, United Kingdom
BSc Psychology (Hons) (2009) – University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Office: 6.58
Phone: (852) 3917-8927
Email: tjbarry@hku.hk

Dr. Barry uses an experimental approach to explore the mechanisms involved in the onset, severity and treatment of emotional disorders such as anxiety and depressive disorders. In particular Tom’s research, and that of his lab, explores the following questions:

How do people learn to fear things, how does this fear generalise to safe stimuli, and how does this fear persist over time?

How do people look at and attend to, or avoid, the things which make them afraid and sad? How does this relate to emotional disorders and also the experiences of people with organic illnesses such as chronic pain and cancer?

How do people recall their past and imagine their future and how does this lead to emotional disorder?

Are emotional disorders associated with specific structural and functional brain abnormalities and what early experiences can influence this?

Barry, T. J., Lenaert, B., Hermans, D., Raes, F., & Griffith, J. W. (2018). Meta-analysis of the association between autobiographical memory specificity and exposure to trauma. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 31, 35-46. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.22263

Barry, T. J., Murray, L., Fearon, P., Moutsiana, C., Johnstone, T., & Halligan, S. L. (2017). Amygdala volume and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis reactivity to social stress. Psychoneuroendocrinology85, 96–99. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2017.07.487

Treanor, M., & Barry, T. J. (2017). Treatment of avoidance behavior as an adjunct to exposure therapy: Insights from modern learning theory. Behaviour Research and Therapy96, 30–36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2017.04.009

Barry, T. J., Vervliet, B. & Hermans, D. (2017). Feature specific attention and the return of fear after extinction. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology8, 76-87. http://dx.doi.org/10.5127/jep.051115

Barry, T. J., Sewart, A., Arch, J. & Craske, M. G. (2015). Deficits in disengaging attention from threat predict improved response to CBT for anxiety. Depression and Anxiety32, 892–899. https://doi.org/10.1002/da.22421

The Experimental Psychopathology Lab – The Experimental Psychopathology Lab merges insights from basic psychological science and clinical practice to model and investigate the core mechanisms involved in the onset, maintenance and treatment of emotional disorders in young people and adults.

We’re always looking for research interns and assistants to help out in the Experimental Psychopathology Lab.

If you’re interested, please email us at hku.epl@gmail.com with a brief description of yourself, any experience you might have in the field and why it is you’re applying.

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