Foundation For Positive Mental Health

Papers & Publications

We have a growing evidence base and our published peer-reviewed papers and articles on Positive Mental Training are listed here, along with other related published materials.

Positive Mental Training Research Papers

  • Alastair Dobbin, Jo Gardiner (2022) Edinburgh Leith Quality Improvement Project to increase uptake of the Feeling Good App with the intention to increase the mental health and wellbeing of the local population. Five year follow up data, and original project report. click to view
  • Katy MurrayGiulia MelchiorreAlastair DobbinKillian A Welch (2021) Positive Mental Training in patients with Multiple Sclerosis experiencing psychological distress: A Preliminary Randomised Controlled Trial medRxiv BMJ Yale open access preprint  click to view
  • Dobbin, A., Ross, S. (2019) How Memory Structures Influence Distress and Recovery. Frontiers in Psychiatry published 2.8.2019  Open access
  • Philippe, F., Dobbin, A., Ross, S., Houle, I. (2017) Resilience facilitates positive emotionality and integration of negative memories in need satisfying memory networks: An experimental study. Journal of Positive Psychology Published Online 23.8.17  click here to view/download
  • Mavaddat N, Ross S, Dobbin A, Williams K, Graffy J, Mant J. (2107) Training in positivity for stroke? A qualitative study of acceptability of use of Positive Mental Training (PosMT) as a tool to assist stroke survivors with post-stroke psychological problems and in coping with rehabilitation. NeuroRehabilitation. 2017 Jan 18. doi: 10.3233/NRE-161411, click here to download
  • Koeser, L., Dobbin, A., Ross, S., McCrone (2013) Economic evaluation of audio based resilience training for depression in primary care. Journal of Affective Disorders. 149:307-312   click to download  Koeser Dobbin Ross McCrone
  • Ross, S.C. (2015), Positive Mental Training: Efficacy, Experience and Underlying Mechanisms of a Health Promotion Intervention for Resilience and Wellbeing in the Workplace. PhD Health Psychology,  University of Edinburgh.
  • Positive Mental Training’ in an Occupational Health Setting. Dissertation for membership to the Faculty of Occupational Medicine. Dr Jacqueline Thompson (2010). Poster Presentation at Society of Occupational Medicine. Annual Scientific Meeting  Paper (PDF) click here to view/download
  • Dobbin, A., Maxwell, M,. & Elton, R. (2009) A Benchmarked Feasibility Study of a Self-Hypnosis Treatment for Depression in Primary Care  International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis  57:3,293-318 Paper(PDF) Author Posting. (c) ‘Copyright Holder’, 2009. This is the author’s version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ‘Copyright Holder’ for personal use, not for redistribution.The definitive version was published in International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Volume 57 Issue 3, July 2009. doi:10.1080/00207140902881221 click here to view/download
  • For a useful summary of mental training in primary care go to the RCGP News feature feb 2011
  • Lars Eric Unestahl and Benny Johannson (2006) Stress Reducing regulative effects of Integrated Mental Training with self-hypnosis on the secretion of Dihydroepiandosterone (DHEA-S) and Cortisol in plasma: A pilot study.   Contemporary Hypnosis 23(3): 101-110. Paper (PDF) click here to view/download
  • Dobbin, A., Ross, S.(2012)  Recovery and Resilience: Dumping Dualism Contemporary Hypnosis and Integrative Therapy 29, 2: 134-153 Paper (PDF) click here to view/download
  • Dobbin, A. (2011) The role of compassion in recovery: a neurobiological account. Journal of Holistic Healthcare 8, 3: 23-28 Paper (PDF) click here to view/download
  • Dobbin, A. (2006) Lars Eric Unestahl and Mental Training: an appreciation. Contemporary Hypnosis 23(3): 111–114 Paper (PDF)
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  • Academic supporting document for animation by Cognitive  (2019)
  • Dobbin, A & Ross, S (2018) Memory Matters: how recall can build resilience.  British Journal of General Practice, April 2018 pg 198
  • Dobbin A. (2014) Burnt out or Fired Up: British Journal of General Practice Editorial October 2014 (open access)
  • Dobbin A (2014) Optimism, resilience and compassion in the health service: What works and what doesn’t, and can we afford it?.Journal of Holistic Healthcare 10:3 pp 16-22 Paper (PDF) click here to view download
  • Manning, C., & Dobbin, A.(2014) Action for NHS Workforce Wellbeing: Changing the Paradigm in Self Care. Poster and Presentation at the International Journal of Public Health BMA/AMA/CMA conference 15/16/17 September 2014 presenting Wed 17th at 9.30 am click here to view download
  • Dobbin, A., Ross, S. (2013) Resilience Training for GPs and Patients: Changing the Paradigm in Primary Care Mental Health Poster Presentation at the RCGP annual Conference 2013 (commended) Paper (PDF)       click here to view download
  • Dobbin, A (2011) Clinical Update: A New Approach: Promoting Resilience for Mental Health RCGP News, Feb 2011 click here to view

Other Research

  • Dobbin, A., Dobbin, J., Ross, S., Graham, C., Ford, M. (2013) Randomised controlled trial of brief intervention with biofeedback and hypnotherapy in patients with refractory irritable bowel syndrome.   Paper (PDF) : Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh 43:15–23  < click here to view/download  
  • Ford, M., Dobbin, A. (2006) Hypnosis in the treatment of Irritable Bowel; Mike Ford and Alastair Dobbin.  Paper: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh 36:293-298. Paper (PDF)
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  • Dobbin, A., Heaney, D., Faulkner, S., Sivasubramaniam, S., & Gruzelier, J. (2004)  Evaluation of a Hypnosis Clinic in General Practice; Paper Contemporary Hypnosis 10 (4):153-160 Paper (PDF)
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