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Dr Maria Semkovska

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Dr. Semkovska's research interests are focused on understanding the neuropsychological profiles associated with psychopathological disorders (e.g., depression) and how they can inform treatment strategies. Are cognitive deficits reversible with symptoms resolution and, if not, can we improve individuals’ cognition following clinical recovery? Her research efforts are oriented toward developing innovative preventative strategies of the occurrence and re-occurrence of depression, including tailored computerised neurocognitive remediation, tailored resilience-building and autobiographical memories re-appraisal in at-risk populations.

Current Research Projects:

  • Modelling resilience to depression
  • Neurocognitive remediation for depression
  • Consistency and stability of autobiographical memories through the lifespan

Publications

Reilly, S. & Semkovska, M. (2018). An Examination of the Mediatory Role of Resilience in the Relationship Between Helicopter Parenting and Severity of Depressive Symptoms in Irish University Students. Adolescent Psychiatry. 8 (1). DOI: 10.2174/2210676608666180508130224. http://www.eurekaselect.com/161948/article

Ahern, E., Kinsella, S. & Semkovska, M. (2017). Clinical efficacy and economic evaluation of online cognitive behavioral therapy for major depressive disorder: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research. 18 (1). https://doi.org/10.1080/14737167.2018.1407245

Semkovska, M. & Ahern, E. (2017). Online neurocognitive remediation therapy to improve cognition in community-living individuals with a history of depression: A pilot study. Internet Interventions. 9: 7-14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.invent.2017.04.003

Semkovska, M. & O’Grady, T. (2017). Unravelling Autobiographical Retrograde Amnesia Following Bitemporal Electroconvulsive Therapy: Effect of Treatment versus Effect of Time. Psychology. 8 (4): 611-626. http://file.scirp.org/Html/8-6902088_74940.htm

Ahern, E. & Semkovska, M. (2016). Cognitive Functioning in the First-Episode of Major Depressive Disorder: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Neuropsychology. 31 (1): 52-72. https://psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037%2Fneu0000319

Semkovska, M., Landau, S., Dunne, R., Kolshus, E., Kavanagh, A., Jelovac, A., Noone, M., Carton , M. Lambe, S., McHugh, C., & McLoughlin, D. M. (2016). Bitemporal versus high-dose unilateral twice-weekly electroconvulsive therapy for depression (EFFECT-Dep): a pragmatic, randomised, non-inferiority trial. American Journal of Psychiatry. 173: 408-17. DOI: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2015.15030372. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26892939