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Scientists Behind Distractor

Dr. Lalitha Iyadurai, University of Oxford

Dr. Lalitha Iyadurai has been researching how a brief intervention including playing the Tetris® game can benefit the mental health of frontline NHS staff who are regularly exposed to traumatic events.

Her other recent research includes Iyadurai, L. et al (2018). Preventing intrusive memories after trauma via a brief intervention involving Tetris computer game play in the emergency department: a proof-of-concept randomized controlled trial. Molecular Psychiatry, 23(3), 674 – 682. https://​doi​.org/​10​.​1038​/​m​p​.​2017.23

Dr. Lalitha Iyadurai

Professor Emily Holmes, Uppsala University and Karolinska Institute

Professor Emily Holmes’ research focuses on understanding the role of mental imagery and emotion, particularly in relation to trauma, anxiety and depression. She researches the scientific approach to distressing mental images used in Distractor.

Holmes and colleagues have highlighted the need to support frontline NHS staff (Multidisciplinary research priorities for the COVID-19 pandemic: a call for action for mental health science, Holmes et al April 2020 https://​doi​.org/​10​.​1016​/​S​2215​-​0366​(​20​)​30168 – 1).

Professor Emily Holmes

Professor Guy Goodwin

Professor Guy Goodwin is Medical Director of P1vital Products and emeritus professor of psychiatry, University of Oxford. He, with Jonathan Kingslake (CEO of P1vital Products, a computer scientist with 35 years of experience) is leading the effort to make DISTRACTOR available to frontline NHS staff experiencing trauma as a result of COVID-19.

Professor Guy Goodwin