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Assoc. Prof. Rachel Msetfi

Research Interests

I am a psychologist and I am interested in understanding the psychological processes that help people to be mentally healthy, and how those processes are different when people have depression and anxiety. In particular, when people ‘feel in control' of their life and things that happen to them, they tend to experience better psychological well being than people who feel helpless to effect change for the better. This is an important area of study as helplessness is linked to depression and suicidality. Therefore, control and other relevant topics, are the subject of my ongoing research.


Book Chapter


Depressive realism: Sadly not wiser
Baker, A. G. , Msetfi, R. M., Hanley, N., Murphy, R. A. , Haselgrove, M., Hogarth, L.
Clinical Applications of Learning Theory


Signal-outcome contingency, contiguity, and the depressive realism effect
Murphy, R. A., Vallee-Tourangeau, F., Msetfi, R. M., Baker, Andy G., Wills, A. J.
New directions in human associative learning.

Other Publication


Individual differences in associative learning
Murphy, RA,Msetfi, RM
Frontiers in psychology DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00466

Peer Reviewed Journal


The effect of mild depression on time discrimination
Msetfi, RM,Murphy, RA,Kornbrot, DE
Quarterly Journal Of Experimental Psychology DOI: 10.1080/17470218.2011.608908


Is culturally sensitive research achievable?
Pilkington, Aneela, Msetfi, R. M.
Clinical Psychology Forum


Factors affecting intention to access psychological services amongst British Muslims of South Asian origin
Pilkington, Aneela, Msetfi, Rachel Maria, Watson, Ruth
Mental Health, Religion & Culture


Parent perspectives of clinical psychology access when experiencing distress.
Cooke S, Smith I, Turl E, Arnold E, Msetfi RM
Community practitioner : the journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association


Dysphoric mood states are related to sensitivity to temporal changes in contingency
Msetfi, R. M., Murphy, R. A., & Kornbrot, D.
Frontiers in Perception Science DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00368


5-HT Modulation by Acute Tryptophan Depletion of Human Instrumental Contingency Judgements
Chase, HW, Crockett, Molly J, Msetfi, R. M., Murphy, R. A., Clark, L , Sahakian, BJ, Robbins, TW


Client self rated adult attachment patterns and the therapeutic alliance: A systematic review
Smith, A. E., Msetfi, R. M., Golding, L.
Clinical Psychology Review


Impaired context maintenance in mild to moderately depressed students
Msetfi, R. M., Murphy, R. A., Kornbrot, D. E., Simpson, J.
Quarterly Journal Of Experimental Psychology


Reasoning in people with obsessive compulsive disorder
Simpson, J., Cove, J., Fineberg, N., Msetfi, R. M., Ball, L. J.
British Journal Of Clinical Psychology


Depressive realism and the effect of intertrial interval on judgements of zero, positive, and negative contingencies
Msetfi, R. M., Murphy, R. A., Simpson, J.
The Quarterly Journal Of Experimental Psychology


Depressive realism and outcome density bias in contingency judgements: The effect of context and the inter-trial interval
Msetfi, R. M., Murphy, R. A., Simpson, J., Kornbrot, D. E.
Journal Of Experimental Psychology: General