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Dr Teresa Rushe

Rushe, TeresaSenior Lecturer



Room OG.433, David Keir Building
School of Psychology
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, UK


+44 (0)28 9097 4336

I studied for my PhD on the neuropsychology of schizophrenia under the supervision of Sir (Prof) Robin Murray at the Institute of Psychiatry, King College London. For my post-doctoral work I continued to work with Professor Murray on a cohort study investigating the long-term consequences of very preterm birth and developed a specialist interest in developmental neuropsychology.  I returned to Northern Ireland in 1999 and set up the Northern Ireland First Episode Psychosis Outcome Study; a longitudinal study into the psychological, biological and social predictors of psychosis. From 2004 I spent four years at the University of Manchester where I furthered my interest in neurodevelopmental predictors of psychosis. There I had the opportunity to work with leading experts in the field of neuroimaging and apply techniques such as probabilistic tractography to the study of normal and atypical adolescent brain development.  In 2008 I returned to Northern Ireland and worked at Magee College, UU. There I recently set up the North West Adolescent Developmental Study with a focus on understanding psychological predictors of self-harm and related disorders in young people.  At this time I also developed an interest in young people’s understanding of severe mental illness, as an important step in developing anti-stigma programmes for delivery in schools.  I took up the post of Senior Lecturer at QUB in 2012.

PSY2060 Social Psychology and Individual Differences

PSY2056 Research Methods and Statistics

PSY3099 Childhood Adversity

PSY7048 Perspectives on Child Development

Administrative Duties

Advisor of Studies

Module Co-ordinator PSY3099

Course Director MSc in the Psychology of Childhood Adversity

Peer reviewed Publications

Smallman RP, Barkus E, Azadbakht H, Embleton KV, Haroon HA, Lewis SW, Morris DM, Parker GJ & Rushe TM.( 2013) MRI diffusion tractography study in individuals wuth schizotypal features: A pilot study. Psychiatry Research. Epub 2013 Oct 31

Trainor K, Mallett J & Rushe T (2013) Age realted differences in mental health scale scores and depression diagnoses: adult responses to the CIDI-SF and the MHO-5. Journal of Affect Disorders. !51 (2): 639-45.

Campbell C, Barrett SL, Shannon, C, Hoy K, Rushe T, Cooper S & Mulholland C (2012). The relationship between childhood trauma and neuropsychological functioning in first episode psychosis. Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches. Epub 2012 Mar 8.

Watson DR, Anderson JM, Bai F, Barrett SL, McGinnity TM, Mulholland CC, Rushe TM, Cooper SJ (2012). A voxel based morphometry study investigating brain structural changes in first episode psychosis. Behav Brain Res. 227 (1):91-9.

Watson DR, Bai F, Barrett SL, Turkington A, Rushe TM, Mulholland CC, Cooper SJ (2012). Structural changes in the hippocampus and amygdala at first episode psychosis. Brain Imaging Behav. 6 (1). 49-60

Hoy K, Barrett S, Shannon C, Campbell C, Watson D, Rushe T, Shevlin M, Bai F, Cooper S, Mulholland C (2011). Childhood Trauma and Hippocampal and Amygdalar volumes in First Episode Psychosis.  Schizophr Bull. 2011 Jul 28. [Epub ahead of print]

Nosarti C, Walshe M, Rushe T, Rifkin L, Wyatt J, Murray RM & Allin MP (2011). Neonatal ultrasound results following very preterm birth predict adolescent behavioural and cognitive outcome. Developmental Neuropsychology. 36 118-135.

Barkus, E, Smallman, R, Royle, N, Barkus, C, Lewis, S & Rushe T (2010) Auditory false perceptions are mediated by psychosis risk factors. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Nov 25 1-14. Epub ahead of print.

de Mello Ayres A, Scazufca M, Menezes PR, Nakano EY, Regina AC, Schaufelberger MS, Murray RM, McGuire PK, Rushe T, Busatto GF (2010) Cognitive functioning in recent onset psychosis. Psychiatry Research, 179. 157-164

Chaim TM,  Schaufelberger MS, Ferreira LK, Duraam FL, Ayres AM, Scazufca M , Menezes PR, Amaro E, Leite CC, Murray RM, McGioue PL, Rushe TM & Bussatto GF (2010). Volume rediction of the corpus callosum and its relationshop with deficits in interhemispheric transfer of information in recent-onset psychosis. Psychiatry Research. 184. 1-9

TM Rushe.  Language Development.(2010)  In: Nosarti C, Murray RM & Hack M  Pre-term Birth: long-term effects on Brain and behaviour. Cambridge Press. pp 174-184

Turkington  A, Mulholland C, Rushe T,  Anderson R, McCaul R,  Barrett S,  Barr  R, &. Cooper S (2009) Impact of Persistent Substance Misuse on Baseline Characteristics and One Year Outcome in Patients Presenting With First Episode Psychosis.  British Journal of Psychiatry  195 (3) 242-248

Barret SL,. Mulholland C, Cooper SJ  and Rushe TM (2009). Neurocognitive Functioning in First Episode Psychosis: Examining Performance across Diagnostic Boundaries.  British Journal of Psychiatry 195 (1) 67-72

Minatogawa-Chang TM, Schaufelberger MS, Ayres AM et al. (2009) Cognitive Perfromance is related to cortical grey matter volumes in early stages of schizophreni: a population-based study of first eisode psychosis. Schizophrenia Research.113. 200-209.

Fulton K, Short M, Harvey-Smith D, Rushe T, & Mullhollan C. The Northern Ireland Early Onset Psychosis Study: Phenomenonology and Co-morbidity in the first 25 cases (2008), Child Care in Practice. 14.217-216.

Allin M, Walshe M, Fern A, Nosarti C, Rushe T, Cuddy M, Wyatt, J,& Rifkin L, Murray RM (2008) Cognitive maturation in preterm and term born adolescents. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. 79. 381-386

Mulholland CC, O’Donoghue D, Meenagh C, Rushe TM. (2008). Errorless Learning and memory performance in schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research. Vol 159 180-188.

Ayres AM, Busatto GF, Menezes PR, Schaufelberger MS . Coutinho L, Murray RM, McGuire PK, Rushe T & Scazufca M. (2007) Cognitive deficits in first-episode psychosis: a population-based study in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Schizophrenia Research. Vol 90 228-343.

Rushe TM, O Neil, FAO, Mulholland C. (2007). Language and callosal function in patients with schizophrenia. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.  Vol 13 1-5.

Nosarti C, Rushe TM, Rifkin L, Woodruff PWR, Stewart AL, Murray RM (2004) Corpus callosum size in adolescents who were born very preterm. Brain 127 2080-2089

TM Rushe, CM Temple, L. Rifkin, PWR Woodruff, ET Bullmore, A. Simmons, T. Russell, & RM Murray (2004) Lateralisation of language function in young adults born very preterm. Archives of Disease in Childhood Fetal and Neonatal Edition. Vol 89 F112-F118.

M. Allin, M, Henderson, J. Suckling, C. Nosarti, T Rushe, P Fearon, A. Stewart, ET Bullmore, L. Rifkin & R. Murray. Effects of very low birth weight on brain structure in adulthood (2004)  Developmental Medicine and Childhood Neurology Vol. 46. 46-53.

F O Brien, S Roth, J Wyatt, L Rifkin, T Rushe, & A Stewart. (2003) The neurodevelopmental progress of preterm infants into adolescence. Archives of Disease in Childhood. Vol. 89. 207-211

S Roth,  J Wyatt,  J Baudin, J Townsend , L Rifkin,  T Rushe,  C. Amiel-Tison &  A

Stewart (2002) Neurodevelopmental status at one year predicts neuropsychiatric outcome at 14-15 years of age in very preterm infants. Early Human Development Vol 65. 81-89

TM Rushe, L Rifkin, A. Stewart, JP Townsend, SC Roth, JS Wyatt  & RM Murray. (2001) Neuropsychological outcome of very preterm birth in adolescence and its relationship to brain structure. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. Vol 43226-233.

C Gilvarry, N Takei, A Russell, T Rushe, D Hemsley & RM Murray (2000). Premorbid IQ in patients with functional psychosis and their first degree relatives. Schizophrenia Research. Vol. 41. 417-429

TM Rushe, PWR Woodruff, RM Murray & RG Morris (1999) Episodic memory and learning in patients with chronic schizophrenia. Sch. Research. Vol. 35. 85-96.

TM Rushe, RG Morris, EC Miotto, JD Feigenbaum, PWR Woodruff & RM Murray (1999). Problem solving and spatial memory in patients with schizophrenia and with focal frontal and temporal lobe lesions. Sch Research. Vol. 37. 21-33..

PWR Woodruff, IC Wright, N Shurique, H Russouw,  T Rushe, RJ Howard. M Graves, ET Bullmore & RM Murray (1997). Structural abnormalities in male schizophrenics reflect fronto-temporal dissociation. Psychological Medicine 27 1257-1266.

PWR Woodruff, ML Phillips, T Rushe , IC Wright,  RM Murray  & AS David (1997). Corpus Callosum size and interhemispheric function in schizophrenia. Sch. Research. Vol 23. 189-196.

RG Morris, T Rushe, PWR Woodruff & RM Murray (1995). Problem solving in schizophrenia: A specific deficit in planning ability. Sch. Research. Vol. 14. 235-246