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Research interests

Dr Claire Rosten is a clinical research psychologist and methodologist with current research activity in developing and evaluating mental health interventions and digital health technology to improve outcomes for NHS service users. She has a track record of contributing to successful bids for NIHR funding, with particular strengths in mental health intervention development and healthcare research study design.

Since 2009, Dr Rosten has been a senior research adviser for the NIHR Research Design Service South East (RDS). She advises on quantitative and mixed-methods projects, is the Lead for the RDS in Sussex, and is the lead for the RDS's 'Outreach and Engagement' workpackage. 

Dr Rosten is also a Principal Research Fellow at the School of Health Sciences at the University of Brighton. In this role, she has been a co-applicant on a number of projects, including two NIHR Reserach for Patient Benefit-funded projects; a pilot trial of a mindfulness-enhanced therapy for OCD and a definitive RCT investigating a mindfulness-based therapy for mild/moderate depression. She is also involved in an Innovate UK-funded project developing digital health interventions. Dr Rosten supervises a number of graduate-level research students, including PhD students and HEE/NIHR-funded interns.

Dr Rosten is active in the research governance of a number of Sussex-based NHS organisations. She serves as an independent scientific adviser of Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s Research & Development Governance Committee and is a member of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust’s Research Strategy and Governance Committee. She also serves on the Steering Group for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Flourishing Families clinic. Dr Rosten is a peer reviewer for NIHR funding programmes and a number of academic journals. She is also a peer reviewer for Vitae’s Concordat ‘HR Excellence in Research’ award, underlining her commitment to the support and development of early career researchers.

Following an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Oxford and a PhD investigating cognitive factors associated with the development and maintenance anxiety disorders from the University of Southampton, Dr Rosten worked for the NIHR’s Health Technology Assessment programme. She managed the Identification and Prioritisation of research topics for the programme’s commissioned calls and she also worked on the FP7-funded EUnetHTA project. This was a pan-European project to create a network and portfolio of research aids to promote health technology assessment across countries. Dr Rosten led a Delphi survey of European partners resulting in the development a glossary of HTA terms. She also spent two years at University College Dublin where she worked with graduate students and post-doctoral researchers.

Supervisory Interests

I currently supervise 2 PhD students who are developing and evaluating health interventions for mental health conditions and for type II diabetes. I also supervise a number of HEE-NIHR Integrated Clincial Academic Programme interns, who are NHS health professionals at the start of their research careers. I am interested in supervising graduate-level projects led by health professionals and researchers into the aetiology and maintenance of mental health conditions and into the development and evaulation of interventions to benefit service users and mental health services. I am also interested in digital health technologies and the opportunities provided by these to improve access to effective mental health therapies.


  • BF Psychology
  • Mental Health
  • Clinical Trials
  • Digital Health
  • Research Design

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Research Output

Evaluation of facial electromyographic pain responses in healthy participants

Governo, R., Eden-Green, B., Dawes, T. R., Mavridou, I., Giles, J., Rosten, C., Rennie-Taylor, J. & Nduka, C., 19 Oct 2020, In : Pain Management.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • Low-Intensity Guided Help Through Mindfulness (LIGHTMIND): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial comparing supported mindfulness-based cognitive therapy self-help to supported cognitive behavioural therapy self-help for adults experiencing depression

    Strauss, C., Arbon, A., Barkham, M., Byford, S., Crane, R., de Visser, R., Heslin, M., Jones, A-M., Jones, F., Lea, L., Parry, G., Rosten, C. & Cavanagh, K., 4 May 2020, In : Trials. 21, 1, 374.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Reflections on my role as a mental health service user co-applicant in a randomized control trial

    Lea, L., Byford, S., Coney, Y., Crane, R., Fagabemi, N., Gurney, T., Leigh-Phippard, H., Rosten, C., Simms, K. & Strauss, C., 1 Feb 2020, In : Research For All. 4, 1, p. 33-46 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Mindfulness-based exposure and response prevention for obsessive compulsive disorder: Findings from a pilot randomised controlled trial

    Strauss, C., Lea, L., Hayward, M., Forrester, E., Leeuwerik, T., Jones, A-M. & Rosten, C., 30 Apr 2018, In : Journal of Anxiety Disorders. 57, p. 39-47

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access