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Associate Professor Simon McCarthy-Jones

BSc Durham, PGDipPsych UNOT, MA Durham, PhD Durham.

Simon McCarthy-Jones

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

Phone : +353 1 896 2468
email : mccartsi@tcd.ie
Homepage : http://www.simonmccarthyjones.com/

External Address

School of Medicine,
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Profile

I am currently performing research into the nature and causes of hearing voices, undertaking a number of international collaborative projects in this area, and developing trials of new therapeutic interventions for people distressed by hearing voices. Specially my research covers:

• The phenomenology of voice-hearing (what the voices people hear are like).
• The history of voice-hearing.
• The role of traumatic life events in causing voice-hearing.
• The role of genetics in causing voice-hearing.
• The neurology of voice-hearing (structural white and grey matter changes using DTI / freesurfer)
• Novel interventions to help people who hear voices and are distressed by them.
• The physical health effects of child abuse.

Awards

  • Promotion to Senior Lecturer (Level C) (2014), McCarthy-Jones, S.
  • Macquarie University's Faculty of Human Sciences Publication Award for Early Career Researchers (2013), McCarthy-Jones, S.
  • Writer of the Year. International Hearing Voices Network. (2013), McCarthy-Jones, S.
  • Promotion to Lecturer (Level B) (2012), McCarthy-Jones, S.

Recent Grants Awarded

  • Macquarie University Research Infrastructure Block Grant [9201401556] (2015 - 2016) “High accuracy neural navigation to enhance research using brain stimulation.” Sowman, P., Rich, A., Woolgar, A., Yang, J., McCarthy-Jones, S., Coltheart, M., Cox, R., Johnson, B., Castles, A., Nickels, L., Thompson, W., Jackson, J., & Gelding, R. ($81,850)
  • ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award [DE140101077] (2014 - 2017) "Whom may I say is speaking? The cognitive neuropsychology of our thoughts, and what makes them our own." McCarthy-Jones, S. ($361,642)
  • Schizophrenia Research Institute (SRI) New Initiatives Grant (2013 - 2014) "The neuroanatomy of auditory verbal hallucinations: Determining brain phenotypes for genetic investigation." Green, M.J., McCarthy-Jones, S., & Shepherd, A. ($31,000)
  • Macquarie University Research Infrastructure Block Grant (2013) "A transcranial direct current stimulator (tDCS) for the study of brain function in human cognition disorders." Sowman, P., Thompson, W.F., Johnson, B., McCarthy-Jones, S., Nickels, L., & Tawadros, P. ($58,322)
  • Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Strategic Award [098455/Z/12/Z] (2012 - 2015) “Hearing the Voice." (Ł1,000,708). Fernyhough, C., Woods, A., Aleman, A., Bentall, R., Cook, C., Macnaughton, J., McCarthy-Jones, S., Ratcliffe, M., Saunders, C., Scott , S., Waugh, P., & Weis, S. ($1,861,080)
  • Mental Health Council of Australia. (2012) "Listening to voices: The past, present and future of the experience of hearing voices." McCarthy-Jones, S. ($14,500)
  • North Sydney Local Health District (2012) "Listening to voices: The past, present and future of the experience of hearing voices." McCarthy-Jones, S. ($3,000)
  • Richmond PRA (2012) "Listening to voices: The past, present and future of the experience of hearing voices." McCarthy-Jones, S. ($2,000)
  • Schizophrenia Research Institute (2012) "Listening to voices: The past, present and future of the experience of hearing voices." McCarthy-Jones, S. ($2,000)
  • Schizophrenia Fellowship New South Wales (2012) "Listening to voices: The past, present and future of the experience of hearing voices." McCarthy-Jones, S. ($500)
  • Macquarie University Research Fellowship (2011 - 2014) "The cognitive science of auditory verbal hallucinations." McCarthy-Jones, S. ($292,173)

Media Engagement

Selected Publications

Books

  • Hayward, M., Strauss, C., & McCarthy-Jones, S. (Eds.). (2014). Psychological approaches to understanding and treating auditory hallucinations: From theory to therapy. London: Routledge.
  • McCarthy-Jones, S. (2012). Hearing Voices: The Histories, Causes and Meanings of Auditory Verbal Hallucinations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Book Chapters

  • McCarthy-Jones, S. (2015). Psychosis: What was it, what is it? In F. Waters & M. Stephane (Eds.), The Assessment of Psychosis: A Reference Book and Rating Scales for Research and Practice (pp. 3-16). New York, USA: Routledge.
  • Fernyhough, C., & McCarthy-Jones, S. (2013). Thinking aloud about mental voices. In F. Macpherson & D. Platchias (Eds.), Hallucination (pp. 87-104). Cambridge: MIT Press.
  • Jones, S.R. (2009). The neuropsychology of covert and overt speech: Implications for the study of private speech in children and adults. In A. Winsler, C. Fernyhough, and I. Montero (Ed.), Private speech, executive functioning, and the development of verbal self-regulation (pp. 69-82). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Periodicals

  • Garrison, J.R., Fernyhough, C., McCarthy-Jones, S., Haggard, M., The Australian Schizophrenia Research Bank, & Simons, J.S. (2015). Paracingulate sulcus morphology is associated with hallucinations in the human brain. Nature Communications, 6, 8956. doi:10.1038/ncomms9956
  • Garwood, L., Dodgson, G., Bruce, V., & McCarthy-Jones, S. (2015). A preliminary investigation into the existence of a hypervigilance subtype of auditory hallucination in people with psychosis. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 43(1), 52-62. doi:10.1017/S1352465813000714
  • Hayward, M., Awenat, Y., McCarthy-Jones, S., (2015). Beyond beliefs: A qualitative study of people’s opinions about their changing relations with their voices. Psychosis, 7(2), 97-107. doi:10.1080/17522439.2014.926388
  • Alderson-Day, B., McCarthy-Jones, S.R., Bedford, S., Collins, H., Dunne, H., Rooke, C., & Fernyhough, C. (2014). Shot through with voices: Dissociation mediates the relationship between varieties of inner speech and auditory hallucination proneness. Consciousness and Cognition, 27(9), 288-296. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2014.05.010
  • Corstens, D., Longden, E., McCarthy-Jones, S.R., Waddingham, R., & Thomas, N. (2014). Emerging perspectives from the hearing voices movement: Implications for research and practice. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 40(10, Suppl. 4), 285-294.
  • Dudley, R., Dodgson, G., Sarll, G., Halhead, R., Bolas, H., & McCarthy-Jones, S. (2014). The effect of arousal on auditory threat detection and the relationship to auditory hallucinations. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 45(3), 311-318. doi:10.1016/j.jbtep.2014.02.002
  • Ford, J.M., Morris, S.E., Hoffman, R.E., Sommer, I.E., Waters, F., McCarthy-Jones, S.R., Thoma, R.J., Turner, J.A., Keedy, S.K., Badcock, J., & Cuthbert, B.N. (2014). Studying hallucinations within the NIMH RDoC framework. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 40(10, Suppl. 4), 295-304.
  • Hartigan, N., McCarthy-Jones, S., & Hayward, M. (2014). Hear today, not gone tomorrow? An exploratory longitudinal study of auditory verbal hallucinations (‘hearing voices’). Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 42(1), 117-123. doi:10.1017/S1352465813000611.
  • Hayward, M., Berry, K., McCarthy-Jones, S., Strauss, C., & Thomas, N. (2014). Beyond the omnipotence of voices: Further developing a relational approach to auditory hallucinations. Psychosis, 6(3), 242-252.
  • Johns, L., Kompus, K., Connell, M., Humpston, C., Lincoln, T., Longden, E., Preti, A., Alderson-Day, B., Badcock, J.C., Cella, M., Fernyhough, C., McCarthy-Jones, S., Peters, E., Raballo, A., Scott, J., Siddi, S., Sommer, I., & Larři, F. (2014). Auditory verbal hallucinations in persons with and without a need for care. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 40(Suppl. 4), S255-S264. doi:10.1093/schbul/sbu005
  • McCarthy-Jones, S., & Resnick, P. (2014). Listening to voices: The use of phenomenology to differentiate malingered from genuine auditory verbal hallucinations. International Journal of Psychiatry and the Law, 37(2), 183-189.
  • McCarthy-Jones, S., Green, M.J., Scott, R.J. Tooney, P.A., Cairns, M.J., Wu, J.Q., Oldmeadow, C., & Carr, V. (2014). Preliminary evidence of an interaction between the FOXP2 gene and childhood emotional abuse predicting likelihood of auditory verbal hallucinations in schizophrenia. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 50, 66–72.
  • McCarthy-Jones, S., Trauer, T., Mackinnon, A., Sims, E., Thomas, N., & Copolov, D. (2014). A new phenomenological survey of auditory hallucinations: Evidence for subtypes and implications for theory and practice. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 40(1), 231-235. doi:10.1093/schbul/sbs156
  • McCarthy-Jones, S.R., Thomas, N., Strauss, C., Dodgson, G., Jones, N., Woods, A., Brewin, C.R., Hayward, M., Stephane, M., Barton, J., Kingdon, D., & Sommer, I.E. (2014). Better than mermaids and stray dogs? Subtyping auditory verbal hallucinations and its implications for research and practice. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 40(10, Suppl. 4).
  • Thomas, N., Hayward, M., Peters, E.,van der Gaag, M., Bentall, R.P., Jenner, J.,Strauss, C., Sommer, I.E., Johns, L.C., Varese, F., Garcia-Montes, J.M., Waters, F., Dodgson, G., & McCarthy-Jones, S.R. (2014). Psychological therapies for auditory hallucinations (voices): Current status and key directions for future research. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 40(11, Suppl. 4), 202-212.
  • Woods, A., Jones, N., Bernini, M., Callard, F., Alderson-Day, B., Badcock, J., Bell, V., Cook, C., Csordas, T., Humpston, C., Krueger, J., Laroi, F., McCarthy-Jones, S., Moseley, P., Powell, H., Raballo, A., Smailes, D., & Fernyhough, C. (2014). Interdisciplinary approaches to the phenomenology of auditory verbal hallucinations. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 40(Suppl. 4), S246-S254. doi:10.1093/schbul/sbu003
  • McCarthy-Jones, S., & Davidson, L. (2013). When soft voices die: Auditory verbal hallucinations and a four letter word (love). Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 16(4), 367-383. doi:10.1080/13674676.2012.674498
  • McCarthy-Jones, S., Krueger, J., Larři, F., Broome, M. R., & Fernyhough, C. (2013). Stop, look, listen: The need for philosophical phenomenological perspectives on auditory verbal hallucinations. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 127.
  • McCarthy-Jones, S., Marriott, M., Knowles, R.E., Rowse, G., & Thompson, A.R. (2013). What is psychosis? A meta-synthesis of inductive qualitative studies exploring the experience of psychosis. Psychosis, 5, 1-16.
  • McCarthy-Jones, S., Waegeli, A., & Watkins, J. (2013). Spirituality and hearing voices: Considering the relation. Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches, 5(3), 247-258.
  • Milligan, D., McCarthy-Jones, S., Winthrope, A., & Dudley, R. (2013). Time changes everything? A qualitative investigation of the experience of auditory verbal hallucinations over time. Psychosis, 5(2), 107-118.
  • Larři, F., Sommer, I.E., Blom, J.D., Ferryhough, C., ffytche, D.H., Hugdahl, K., Johns, L.C., McCarthy-Jones, S., Preti, A., Raballo, A., Slotema, C.W., Stephane, M., & Waters, F. (2012). The characteristic features of auditory verbal hallucinations in clinical and nonclinical groups: State-of-the-art overview and future directions. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 38, 724-733.
  • McCarthy-Jones, S. (2012). Taking back the brain: Could neurofeedback training be effective for relieving distressing auditory verbal hallucinations? Schizophrenia Bulletin, 38, 678-682.
  • McCarthy-Jones, S., Knowles, R., & Rowse, G. (2012). More than words? Hypomanic personality traits, visual imagery and verbal thought in young adults. Consciousness and Cognition, 21, 1375-1381.
  • Meins, E., McCarthy-Jones, S., Fernyhough, C., Lewis, G., Bentall, R.P., & Alloy, L. (2012). Assessing negative cognitive style: Development and validation of a short-form version of the Cognitive Style Questionnaire. Personality and Individual Differences, 52, 581-585.
  • Rowse, G., McCarthy-Jones, S., Knowles, R., Corcoran, R., & Bentall, R.P. (2012). Attributional style and theory of mind in people with Alzheimer’s disease and persecutory delusions. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 21(9), 898-905. doi:10.1016/j.jagp.2013.01.020
  • Telford, C., McCarthy-Jones, S., Corcoran, R., & Rowse, G. (2012). Experience Sampling Methodology (ESM) studies of depression: The state of the art. Psychological Medicine, 42, 1119-1129.
  • Childs, H.E., McCarthy-Jones, S., Rowse, G., & Turpin, G. (2011). The journey through cannabis use: A qualitative study of the experiences of young adults with psychosis. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 199, 703-708.
  • Knowles, R., McCarthy-Jones, S., & Rowse, G. (2011). Grandiose delusions: A review and theoretical integration of cognitive and affective perspectives. Clinical Psychology Review, 31, 684-696.
  • McCarthy-Jones, S. (2011). Voices from the storm: A critical review of quantitative studies of auditory verbal hallucinations and childhood sexual abuse. Clinical Psychology Review, 31, 983-992.
  • McCarthy-Jones, S. (2011). Seeing the unseen, hearing the unsaid: Hallucinations, psychology, and St Thomas Aquinas. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 14, 353-369.
  • McCarthy-Jones, S., & Fernyhough, C. (2011). The varieties of inner speech: Links between quality of inner speech and psychopathological variables in a sample of young adults. Consciousness & Cognition, 20, 1586-1593.
  • McCarthy-Jones, S., Barnes , L.J., Hill, G.E., Marwood, L., Moseley, P., & Fernyhough, C. (2011). When words and pictures come alive: Relating the modality of intrusive thoughts to modalities of hypnagogic/hypnopompic hallucinations. Personality and Individual Differences, 51, 787-790.
  • Jones, S.R. (2010). Do we need multiple models of auditory verbal hallucinations? Examining the phenomenological fit of cognitive and neurological models. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 36, 566-575.
  • Jones, S.R. (2010). Re-expanding the phenomenology of hallucinations: lessons from sixteenth century Spain. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture, 13, 187-208.
  • Jones, S.R., Fernyhough, C., & Laroi, F. (2010). A phenomenological survey of auditory verbal hallucinations in the hypnagogic and hypnopompic states. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 9, 213-224.
  • Laroi, F., de Hann, S., Jones, S.R., & Raballo, A. (2010). Auditory verbal hallucinations: dialoguing between the cognitive sciences and phenomenology Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 9, 225-240.
  • Jones, S., Langdon, R., Fernyhough, C., & Connaughton, E. (2009). Naming names: auditory hallucinations, inner speech, and source monitoring: Response. Psychological Medicine, 39, 1579.
  • Jones, S.R., & Fernyhough, C. (2009). Did Emanuel Swedenborg Have Near-Death Experiences? Envisioning a Developmental Account of NDEs. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 27, 157-187.
  • Jones, S.R., & Fernyhough, C. (2009). Caffeine, stress, and proneness to psychosis-like experiences: a preliminary investigation. Personality and Individual Differences, 46, 562-564.
  • Jones, S.R., Fernyhough, C., & Meads, D. (2009). In a dark time: Development, validation, and correlates of the Durham Hypnagogic and Hypnopompic Hallucinations Questionnaire. Personality and Individual Differences, 46, 30-34.
  • Langdon, R., Jones, S.R., Connaughton, E., & Fernyhough, C. (2009). The phenomenology of inner speech: comparison of schizophrenia patients with auditory verbal hallucinations and healthy controls. Psychological Medicine, 39(4), 655-663. doi:10.1017/S0033291708003978
  • Fernyhough, C., Jones, S.R., Whittle, C., Waterhouse, J., & Bentall, R.P. (2008). Theory of Mind, Schizotypy, and Persecutory Ideation in Young Adults Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 13, 233-249.
  • Jones, S. R., de-Wit, L., Fernyhough, C., & Meins, E. (2008). A new spin on the Wheel of Fortune: Priming of action-authorship judgements and relation to psychosis-like experiences. Consciousness and Cognition, 17, 576-586.
  • Jones, S. R., Fernyhough, C., de-Wit, L., & Meins, E. (2008). A message in the medium? Assessing the reliability of psychopathology e-questionnaires. Personality and Individual Differences, 44, 249-259.
  • Jones, S.R. & Fernyhough, C. (2008). Thought suppression, defensive projection, and persecutory delusion-like beliefs in a non-clinical sample Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 13, 281-295.
  • Jones, S.R., & Fernyhough, C. (2008). Rumination, reflection, intrusive thoughts, and hallucination-proneness: Towards a new model. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 47, 54-59.
  • Jones, S.R., & Fernyhough, C. (2008). Speaking back to the spirits: the voices and visions of Emanuel Swedenborg. History of Human Sciences, 21, 1-31.
  • Meins, E., Jones, S.R., Fernyhough, C., Hurndall, S., & Koronis, P. (2008). Attachment dimensions and schizotypy in a non-clinical sample. Personality and Individual Differences, 44, 1000-1011.
  • Jones, S.R. & Fernyhough, C (2007). A new look at the diathesis-stress model of schizophrenia: the primacy of uncontrollable and social-evaluative situations. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 33, 1171-1177.
  • Jones, S.R. & Fernyhough, C. (2007). The Roles of Locus of Control and Self-Esteem in Hallucination- and Delusion-Proneness in a Non-Clinical Sample. Personality and Individual Differences, 43, 1087-1097.
  • Jones, S.R. & Fernyhough, C. (2007). Neural Correlates of Inner Speech and Auditory Verbal Hallucinations: A Critical Review and Theoretical Integration. Clinical Psychology Review, 27, 140-154.
  • Jones, S.R. & Fernyhough, C. (2007). Thought as Action: Inner Speech, Self-monitoring, and Auditory Verbal Hallucinations. Consciousness and Cognition, 16, 391-399.
  • Jones, S.R., & Fernyhough, C. (2007). Reliability of Factorial Structure of the Peters et al. Delusions Inventory (PDI-21). Personality and Individual Differences, 43, 647-656.
  • Jones, S.R. & Fernyhough, C. (2006). The roles of thought suppression and metacognitive style in proneness to auditory verbal hallucinations in a non-clinical sample. Personality and Individual Differences, 41, 1421-1432.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • McCarthy-Jones, S. (2014, May). Hearing voices: Genes, brains, rape. Colloquium at the Department of Cognitive Science 3M Research Fiesta, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • McCarthy-Jones, S. (2012, September). Gods, brains and people: The history, causes and treatments of auditory verbal hallucinations (‘hearing voices’). Presentation given at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney.
  • McCarthy-Jones, S. (2012, July). A brief history of hearing voices. Paper presented at the Listening to Voices: The Past, Present and Future of the Experience of Hearing Voices Conference, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • McCarthy-Jones, S. (2012, June). Auditory verbal hallucinations (‘hearing voices’): Histories, causes and treatments. Invited presentation given at the Concord Centre for Mental Health, Concord Hospital, Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), Sydney.
  • McCarthy-Jones, S. (2012, June). Cognitive behavioural therapy for auditory verbal hallucinations (‘hearing voices’): From causes to effects in clinical practice. Symposium conducted at the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies Summer Conference, Leeds, UK.
  • McCarthy-Jones, S. (2012, April). What do know about auditory verbal hallucinations (‘hearing voices’)? History, neurology and psychology. Colloquium at the University of Sydney, Sydney.
  • McCarthy-Jones, S. (2012, April). Auditory verbal hallucinations (‘hearing voices’): From world to brain and back again. Invited colloquium at the University of New South Wales Seminar Series, Sydney.
  • McCarthy-Jones, S. (2012, March). Listening to voices: Where are we in our attempts to help people with distressing auditory verbal hallucinations? Invited colloquium at the University of Wollongong, Wollongong.
  • McCarthy-Jones, S. (2012, March). Gods, brains and people: The causes and meanings of auditory verbal hallucinations (‘hearing voices’). Presentation given at the Liverpool Hospital, Sydney.
  • McCarthy-Jones, S. (2012, February). A history of hearing voices: What are voices from the past saying to us? Paper presented at the Voices, Conversations & Transformations Conference, Melbourne.

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