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Derek Richards
Research Fellow, Psychology

Biography

I am very interested in the development, implementation and research of technology delivered interventions for mental health problems. In particular I have an interest in researching such interventions for high prevalence disorders such as depression and anxiety. I am also interested to investigate the transferability of such technology delivered interventions into Latin America. It will be interesting to see whether they can achieve the same appeal and efficacy as has been demonstrated for many such interventions in higher-income countries.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Palacios., J., Lee, G.A., Duaso, M., Clifton, A., Norman, I.J., Richards, D., Barley, E.A. , Internet-delivered self-management support for improving coronary heart disease and self-management related outcomes: A systematic review., Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 32, (4), 2017, pe9 - e23 Journal Article, 2017 TARA - Full Text DOI

Earley, C., Joyce, C., McElvaney, J., Richards, D., & Timulak, L. , Preventing depression: Qualitatively examining the benefits of depression-focused iCBT for participants who do not meet clinical thresholds, Internet Interventions, 9, 2017, p82 - 87 Journal Article, 2017 TARA - Full Text DOI

Frazier, P., Richards, D., Mooney, J., Hofmann, S. G., Beidel, D., Palmieri, P, Internet-delivered Treatment for Depression, Anxiety and Stress in University Students: A Preference Trial, iProceedings, Connected Health, Boston, 20th - 21 October 20, edited by G Eysenbach, T Hale , 2016 Published Abstract, 2016 TARA - Full Text

Richards D., Richards D., Murphy T., Viganó N., Timulak L., Doherty G., Sharry J., Sharry J., Hayes C., Acceptability, satisfaction and perceived efficacy of "Space from Depression" an internet-delivered treatment for depression, Internet Interventions, 5, 2016, p12-22 Journal Article, 2016 DOI TARA - Full Text

Richards, D., Richardson, T., Timulak, L., Viganò, N., Mooney, J., Doherty, G., Hayes, C., Sharry, J. , Predictors of depression severity in a treatment-seeking sample., International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 16, (3), 2016, p221 - 229 Journal Article, 2016 DOI URL TARA - Full Text

Frazier, P., Richards, D., Mooney, J., Hofmann, S. G., Beidel, D., Palmieri, P. A., & Bonner, C. , Acceptability and proof of concept of internet-delivered treatment for depression, anxiety, and stress in university students: protocol for an open feasibility trial, Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 2, (1), 2016, p1 - 9 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Richards, D., Timulak, L., Rashleigh, C., McLoughlin, O., Colla, A., Joyce, C., . . . Duffy, D., Anderson-Gibbons, M., Effectiveness of an internet-delivered intervention for generalized anxiety disorder in routine care: A randomised controlled trial in a student population, Internet Interventions, 6, 2016, p80 - 88 Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text DOI

Richards, D., Timulak, L., O'Brien, E., Hayes, C., Vigano, N., Sharry, J., & Doherty, G. , A randomized controlled trial of an internet-delivered treatment: Its potential as a low-intensity community intervention for adults with symptoms of depression, iProceedings, Connected Health, Boston, MA, 20th October 2015, edited by G Eysenbach, T Hale , 1, (1), 2015 Published Abstract, 2015 TARA - Full Text DOI URL

Richards, D., O'Brien, E., Vigano. N., Mooney, J., Bonner, C., O'Callaghan, D., Sharry, J., Doherty, G. , The new Gold Standard in Online Delivered Behavioral Health Programs, iProceedings, Connected Health, Boston, MA, 20th October 2015, edited by G Eysenbach, T Hale , 1, (1), 2015 Published Abstract, 2015 URL DOI TARA - Full Text

Richards, D., Richardson, T., Timulak, L., McElvaney, J., The efficacy of internet-delivered treatment for generalized anxiety disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Internet Interventions, 2, (3), 2015, p272 - 282 Journal Article, 2015 DOI URL TARA - Full Text

Richards, D., Timulak, L., O'Brien, E., Hayes, C., Vigano, N., Sharry, J., Doherty, G., A Randomized Controlled Trial of an internet-delivered treatment: its potential as a low-intensity community intervention for adults with symptoms of depression, Behaviour Research and Therapy, 75, 2015, p20 - 31 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Richards, D., Timulak, L., Doherty, G., Sharry, J., Colla, A., Joyce, C., & Hayes, C. , Internet-delivered treatment: its potential as a low-intensity community intervention for adults with symptoms of depression: protocol for a randomized controlled trial. , BMC Psychiatry, 14, (147), 2014, p1-11 Journal Article, 2014 DOI TARA - Full Text

Richards, D., & Salamanca, A., Point-prevalence of depression and associated risk factors, The journal of psychology: Interdisciplinary and applied, 148, (3), 2014, p305-326 Journal Article, 2014 DOI URL TARA - Full Text

Richards, D., Timulak, L., Doherty, G. & Joyce, C, Low-intensity internet-delivered treatment for generalized anxiety symptoms in routine care: protocol for a randomized controlled trial., Trials, 15, (1), 2014, p145- Journal Article, 2014 DOI TARA - Full Text

Richards, D., Developments in Technology-Delivered Psychological Interventions , Universitas Psychologica , 12 , (2 ), 2013, p571 - 579 Journal Article, 2013 TARA - Full Text

Richards, D., Timulak, L., & Hevey, D. , A comparison of two online cognitive-behavioural interventions for symptoms of depression in a student population: the role of therapist responsiveness., Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. , 13, (3), 2013, p184 - 193 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Richards, D., & Viganó, N. , Online Counseling: A Narrative and Critical Review of the Literature, Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69, (9), 2013, p994-1011 Journal Article, 2013 TARA - Full Text DOI

Online Counseling , Y. Zheng (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Cyber Behavior, 1, New York, IGI Global, 2012, pp699-713 , [Richards, D., & Viganó, N. ] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2012

Richards, D., Richardson, T., , Computer-based psychological treatments for depression: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Clinical Psychology Review, 32, 2012, p329-342 Journal Article, 2012 TARA - Full Text

Richards, D., & Timulak, L. , Client-identified helpful and hindering events in therapist-delivered vs. self-administered online cognitive-behavioural treatments for depression in college students, Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 25, (3), 2012, p251-262 Journal Article, 2012 TARA - Full Text DOI

Richards, D., & Timulak, L., Satisfaction with therapist-delivered vs. self-administered online cognitive-behavioural treatments for depression symptoms in College Students, British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 41, (2), 2012, p193 - 207 Journal Article, 2012 TARA - Full Text DOI

Richards, D., Prevalence and clinical course of depression: A review, Clinical Psychology Review, 31, (7), 2011, p1117-1125 Journal Article, 2011 TARA - Full Text

Richards, D., Timulak, L., Tone, Y., Rashleigh, C., Naughton, A., Flynn, D., McLoughlin, O., The Experience of Implementing, Recruiting and Screening for an Online Treatment for Depression in a Naturalistic Setting, Counselling Psychology Review, 24, (2), 2009, p52 - 63 Journal Article, 2009

Richards, D., & Timulak, L., Online Treatments for Depression: A Randomised Controlled Trail on an Adult Student Population - Preliminary findings, 1st International E-mental Health Summit , Amsterdam, Netherlands, 14-16th October, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

Richards, D., Features and benefits of online counselling: Trinity College online mental health community, British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 37, (3), 2009, p231 - 242 Journal Article, 2009

Richards, D., Timulak, L., Treatment of depression via the internet, When Endings are Beginnings, Joint conference of the divisions of counselling psychology, Dublin , 20-21 June 2008, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Students use and perception of online counselling at university in, editor(s)Akis Giovazolias, Evangelos Karademas, & Anastasia Kalantzi-Azizi , Crossing Internal and External Borders: Practices for an effective psychological counselling in the European Higher Education, Athens, Greece, Ellinika Grammata Publishers, 2008, pp260 - 267, [Derek Richards] Book Chapter, 2008

Towards an Informal Online Learning Community for Student Mental Health at University in, editor(s)P. Isaias, M. McPherson, F. Bannister , IADIS International Conference on E-Society, IADIS, 2006, pp197 - 201, [D. Richards and B. Tangney] Book Chapter, 2006

A Multi-dimensional and integrated approach to student retention at Trinity College in, Moore, S., Carr, P., Crehan, J. Crowley, J., Flynn, D., Morgan, P. and Shannon, P. , Keeping Students at University. The retention debate at third-level, Dublin, Intersource Group Publishing, 2006, pp75 - 88, [O'Connor, T., Richards, D. and Lumsden, L.] Book Chapter, 2006

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Richards, Derek, "The future isn't what it used to be": Technology in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Eisteach, 2008 Journal Article, 2008

Derek Richards, Towards an informal online learning community for student mental health at University, DUB, 2006 Thesis, 2006

Richards, D., Tangney, B., E-mental Health: Online Mental Health Service Delivery at Third Level, Confederation of Student Services of Ireland, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, 20-22 June 2006, 2006 Conference Paper, 2006

Richards, D., Harnessing Human Reciprocity: Peer Support Programmes at Third Level, Seminario Internacional Complutense: Mentoria Universidad-Empresa, Madrid, Spain, 24-25 November 2005, 2005 Conference Paper, 2005

Richards, D., O'Connor, T. & Lumsden, L. , Developments towards cohesive retention policies and practices for student success at Trinity College Dublin. , International Conference on 'Staying power: Supporting student retention and success, University of Teesside, 6-7 July, 2004 Conference Paper, 2004

Richards, D. & O'Connor, T. , Using ICT to support academic and social orientation and integration of new students to third level. , CSSI Biannual Conference, Belfast, June 2004, 2004 Conference Paper, 2004

O' Connor, T., Richards, D., Lumsden, L., A Multi-Level and Integrated Approach To Student Retention At Trinity College Dublin, Understanding the Retention Issue and Enhancing Student Performance in University Settings, Athlone, 21st January, 2004 Conference Paper, 2004

Lumsden, L. Breathnach, C. and Richards, D., Using UCINET 6 to develop a questionnaire to collect weighted relationship data., Psychological Society of Ireland 34th Annual Conference, Bunratty, Ireland., November, 2003 Conference Paper, 2003

Research Expertise

Description

I am very interested in the development, implementation and research of technology delivered interventions for mental health problems. In particular I have an interest in researching such interventions for high prevalence disorders such as depression and anxiety. Currently I am attempting to investigate the transferability of such technology delivered interventions in Latin America. It will be interesting to see whether they can achieve the same appeal and efficacy as has been demonstrated for many such interventions in higher-income countries.

Projects

  • Title
    • Feasibility, Acceptability and Satisfaction with Internet-delivered Treatment for Depression, Anxiety and Stress in Students: An Open Feasibility Trial
  • Summary
    • Background: In recent years University counseling and health services have reported an exponential increase in yearly visits, as well as an exponential increase in total yearly clients. This trend has been observed at many universities as behavioral and mental health issues pose significant problems for many college students. Aims/objectives: The aim of this study is to investigate the feasibility, acceptability and satisfaction of internet-delivered treatment for depression, anxiety and stress in university students. Methods/Design: The study is an open feasibility trial of the SilverCloud programs for depression (Space from depression), anxiety (Space from Anxiety), and stress (Space from Stress), each are 8-module internet-delivered CBT (iCBT) intervention programs. Participants are assigned a supporter who will provide weekly post-session feedback on progress and exercises. Participants will complete the PHQ-9, GAD-7 and stress sub-scale of DASS-21 as the primary outcome measures for the respective interventions (depression, anxiety and stress). Secondary outcomes include measures of acceptability and satisfaction of the intervention. Data will be collected at baseline and at posttreatment. Discussion: It is anticipated that the study will inform the researchers and service personnel of the study's efficacy as well as protocols and procedures to be employed in a future trial. In addition, it will provide insight into the students' engagement with the program, their user-experience and their satisfaction with the online delivery format while meeting the needs of services in demand. Frazier, P1., Richards, D*2,3., Hofmann, S4,5., Beidel, D6., Palmieri, P7., Vu, A1., Mooney, J2., Bonner, C2.,
  • Funding Agency
    • SilverCloud Health
  • Date From
    • 2015
  • Date To
    • 2016
  • Title
    • Low-intensity internet-delivered treatment for adults with depressive symptoms in Colombia - South America
  • Summary
    • Prevalence rates for depression in Central and South America are not far removed from rates reported in high-income countries. Many barriers to accessing treatments exist, such as the underdevelopment of services, waiting lists, cost of the services, and personal stigma. Internet-delivered treatments for depression have demonstrated their efficacy. It is possible that such Internet-delivered treatments could overcome some of the barriers to accessing treatment in low-income countries countries. Project Team: Alicia Salamanca, Derek Richards, Ladislav Timulak
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Research Council
  • Date From
    • 2015
  • Date To
    • 2018
  • Title
    • Internet-delivered treatment: Its potential as a low-intensity community intervention for adults with symptoms of depression [with Aware Charity]
  • Summary
    • The study is a randomized controlled trial of an online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) program for the treatment of adults with depressive symptoms compared to a waiting-list control group. The treatment consists of 8 modules of online delivered CBT, over 8 weeks, with supporters providing weekly feedback. The primary outcome is depressive symptoms, measured by the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II). Secondary outcomes included quality of life indicators. Data will be collected at baseline and at post-treatment. Project team: Richards, D., Timulak, L., Doherty, G., Sharry, J., & Hayes, C.
  • Funding Agency
    • SilverCloud Health & Aware Charity
  • Date From
    • 2012
  • Date To
    • 2015
  • Title
    • Development of an online platform to support self-management of symptoms and promote wellbeing of people with coronary heart disease and associated long-term conditions (LTCs) [with Kings College London]
  • Summary
    • CVD is responsible for premature death, impaired quality of life and disproportionate service usage and costs. Psychological distress in CVD is common and associated with poor outcome. Improved management within the community is needed. Current online psychological care packages do not address the CVD symptoms and risk factors that are related to poor outcome. We will develop an online cognitive, psychoeducational and psychotherapeutic CVD-specific package to support self-management and promote wellbeing. This will improve access to holistic care while reducing costs. Project Team: Barley, E., Clifton, A., Enright, A., Lee, G., Norman, I., Richards, D., Sturt, J.
  • Funding Agency
    • SBRI
  • Date From
    • 2012
  • Date To
    • 2015
  • Title
    • Internet delivered treatment for generalised anxiety in routine care (2013-Ongoing)
  • Summary
    • Principal Investigators: Derek Richards, Ladislav Timulak, Gavin Doherty and John Sharry. Generalized anxiety disorder is typically considered a chronic condition. In Europe the lifetime prevalence of GAD has been estimated at 4.3-5.9%, and a 12-month prevalence of 1.2-1.9%; yet only a very small percentage seek treatment. Several studies have reported elevated levels of anxiety and stress in university students. The current research is a naturalistic effectiveness study utilizing a randomized controlled trial design of a low-intensity internet intervention for the treatment of GAD. Research questions: grey bullett First, can an online treatment for GAD be effective for an adult student population in a service-based setting? grey bullett Second, what do participants find helpful and hindering in their online treatment for anxiety? grey bullett Third, are participants satisfied with accessing and using an online treatment for anxiety? grey bullett Fourth, what are the reasons for dropout from an online treatment? Funding: The study is funded jointly from resources provided by TCD Student Counselling and SilverCloud Health Ltd. The project is a collaborative research trial involving TCD and SilverCloud Health Ltd.
  • Funding Agency
    • SilverCloud Health
  • Date From
    • 2013
  • Date To
    • 2015
  • Title
    • Computer-based psychological treatments for depression (2011-2012 Completed)
  • Summary
    • The study was a systematic review & meta-analysis of the literature on computer-based psychological treatments for depression. The review and meta-analysis support the efficacy and effectiveness of computer-based psychological treatments for depression, in diverse settings and with different populations. Further research is needed, in particular to investigate the influence of therapist factors in supported treatments, the reasons for dropout, and the maintenance of gains post-treatment.
  • Date From
    • 2011
  • Date To
    • 2012
  • Title
    • Prevalence of depression & associated risk factors in Colombia (2011-2012 completed)
  • Summary
    • Since September 2011 I have been collaborating with the Faculty of Psychology, Universidad Antonio Nariño on a project involving research into the prevalence of depression in a sample of Colombian students. This is one part of a larger project investigating attitudes towards online mental health and also the possibility of implementing a online treatment for depression.
  • Date From
    • 2011
  • Date To
    • 2012
  • Title
    • Online treatments for depression: A randomised controlled trial on an adult student population
  • Summary
    • The proposed project is a randomised controlled trial investigating the online delivery of psychological interventions for the treatment of depression. The increasing incidence and prevalence of depression in adults, adolescents and children has been established (WHO, 2001; Gotlib, & Hammen, 2002). Depression is among the main reasons for referral to face-to-face and online counselling services (Richards & Tangney, in press). Depression is linked to suicidal ideation and completed suicides (Gotlib, & Hammen, 2002). Yet, despite its prevalence only a small percentage of people access the help they require (Marks et al, 2007). Psychotherapeutic interventions for the treatment of depression are established. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is one of the most established treatments for depression (Nathan & Gorman, 1997). Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a therapeutic treatment that aims to help eliminate negative thoughts that maintain depression (Nathan & Gorman, 2002). However, due to demand, mental health services often have waiting lists and the shortage of therapists adds further complications (Proudfoot et al, 2003). Such a situation runs contrary to the beneficial impact of early intervention (Royal College of psychiatrists, 2003). In an attempt to increase access, reduce the stigma in receiving help and manage resources, significant progress has been made in developing and implementing online delivery of psychological interventions (Marks et al, 2007; Proudfoot et al, 2003). Especially CBT can be easily transferred into online formats. Online therapeutic interventions have the potential to reach an audience that do not ordinarily use traditional services (Richards & Tangney, 2007). They can increase access and expand resource capacity for clinical settings (Marks et al, 2007). However, further research is required to determine the best type of online intervention for a given population and the amount of therapist support required for success (Marks et al, 2007; NICE, 2007). The present study is a randomised controlled trial treating depression via the Internet using two conditions: Condition 1: Online asynchronous counselling following a CBT protocol for the treatment of depression [therapist-led] Condition 2: Self-directed Computerised Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy software for the treatment of depression [client-led] The two conditions include a comprehensive screening and a protocol-driven treatment for depression via the internet. The efficacy of the treatment conditions will be compared. A comparison of the differences among therapist-led and client-led online interventions will be made based on the key variable of the therapeutic relationship (Norcross, 2002). The study will assess the perception of working alliance (Horvath & Greenberg, 1989) within the stated conditions and examine which aspects of the interventions users find most significant (Timulak, 2007). Consideration will also be given to their cost effectiveness, including a comparison with face-to-face delivery.
  • Funding Agency
    • ESB/ HSE
  • Date From
    • 2008
  • Date To
    • 2010
  • Title
    • Online mental health community in Ireland (2004-2008 Completed)
  • Summary
    • Using constructivist principles and a model of informal learning a portal called the Trinity Online Mental Health Community was born. It allowed students to access psycho-educational materials, join in discussion with their peers on topics related to mental health and wellbeing, and also users could engage in online asynchronous counselling with a counsellor from the Colleges counselling service.
  • Date From
    • 2004
  • Date To
    • 2008
  • Title
    • Prevalence and clinical course of depression
  • Summary
    • The study was a systematic review of the literature of the prevalence and clinical course of depression. The study considered literature from high-income countries. The review considered the literature on Major Depression beginning with a brief historical overview, its classification, and a synthesis of the current knowledge regarding prevalence and course.
  • Date From
    • 2010
  • Date To
    • 2011

Keywords

ANXIETY; Behavior and Health; Clinical psychology; Depression; Emotional/Mental Health; Emotional/Mental Health--Minorities; Health Care; Health, Clinical and Counselling; Health/Medical Science--Computer Technology; Men's Health; Mental Disorders; Mental Health Services; ONLINE MENTAL HEALTH; ONLINE SYSTEMS; Psychiatry; Psychoanalysis; Psychotherapy; TECHNOLOGY AND MENTAL HEALTH; Technology Assessment/Transfer/Outreach (Hlth; Telemedicine; Therapy Evaluation

Recognition

Representations

Ad hoc peer reviewer for: British Journal of Guidance and Counselling; Cyberpsychology and Behaviour and social Networking Journal; Journal of Affective Disorders; Counselling Psychology Review; Counselling Psychology Quarterly; Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy; Journal of Medical Internet Research; BACP Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Journal (CPR)(Special Edition - Technology in Counselling and Psychotherapy) ad hoc

Awards and Honours

Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), Development of an online platform to support self management of symptoms and promote wellbeing of people with cardiovascular disease (CVD). 2013

SilverCloud Health funded Research Fellowship 2013-2016

Irish Research Council Enterprise Graduate Fellowship Awards 2014

HSE Innovation fund grant 2009

NOSP Funding award 2009

ESF exploratory workshop 2006 - Technology in counselling and psychotherapy 2006

Invited as Discussant at Fedora Psyche special symposium on Technology in Counselling and Psychotherapy September 2007

ESB Electric Aid Funding 2007

Memberships

Technology for Well-being group 2007 – present

Member of the International Society for Mental Health Online 2005 – present

Accredited Member: Irish Association for Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy 2000 – present

Associate member: Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy 2003 – present


Last updated 4 June 2015 School of Psychology (Email).