Dr Robert Dudas

Robert Dudas

University position

Visiting Researcher


Department of Psychiatry

Research Themes

Clinical and Veterinary Neuroscience

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience


I have carried out research projects on cognitive impairment in the context of progressive-degenerative dementias and affective symptomatology. My current interest in dementia spans from risk factors to clinical management.

I have also investigated the neurobiology of emotional dysregulation and self-harm in the affective disorders in a broad sense, including borderline personality disorder.

A third stream of my reserach interests focusses on the detection and treatment of perinatal mood disorders. In addition, I have collaborated on studies on schizophrenia, autism, and social anxiety disorder.

I am also interested in Values-Based Practice (VBP) in psychiatry and the medical humanities and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Research Focus



borderline personality disorder


brain imaging


Clinical conditions

Alzheimer's disease

Borderline personality disorder

Cognitive impairment


Depressive disorders


Behavioural analysis

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Neuropsychological testing

Psychophysiological measures (e.g. galvanic skin response, heart rate, respiratory rate, etc)



Simon Baron-Cohen

German Berrios

Chess Denman

Graham Murray

John O'Brien

United Kingdom

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    Key publications

    Sparasci O, Bhui K, Biswas A, Chamberlain S, Dubicka B, Dudas RB, Farooq S, Ford T, Husain N, Jones I, Killaspy H, Lee W, Lingford-Hughes A, Mulholland C, Rubinsztein J, Shankar R, Sharma A, Sinclair L, Stone J, Young A (2022), “Impact of COVID-19 on mental health research: is this the breaking point?” British Journal of Psychiatry https://doi.org/10.1192/bjp.2022.8

    Dudas RB (2021), “Values-based practice: How can history taking help psychiatrists explore the values involved in clinical decision-making?” BJPsych Advances 1-10. doi:10.1192/bja.2021.45

    Dudas RB (2020), “The Discontents of Psychiatry: What Can the History of Psychiatry and Values-Based Medicine Contribute to Resolving Them?” In: Marková I., Chen E. (eds) Rethinking Psychopathology. Theory and History in the Human and Social Sciences. Springer, Cham. 145-152

    Dudas RB, Malouf R, McCleery J, Dening T (2018), “Antidepressants for treating depression in dementia” Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Issue 8. Art. No.: CD003944. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003944.pub2

    Dudas RB, Lovejoy C, Cassidy S, Allison C, Smith P, Baron-Cohen S (2017), “The overlap between autistic spectrum conditions and borderline personality disorder” PLOS ONE 12(9): e0184447

    Dudas RB, Mole TB, Morris LS, Denman C, Hill E, Szalma B, Evans D, Dunn B, Fletcher P, Voon V (2017), “Amygdala and dlPFC abnormalities, with aberrant connectivity and habituation in response to emotional stimuli in females with BPD” ournal of Affective Disorders 15(208): 460-466

    Arrondo G, Murray GK, Hill E, Szalma B, Yathiraj K, Denman C, Dudas RB. (2015), “Hedonic and disgust taste perception in borderline personality disorder and depression” Br J Psychiatry 207(1):79-80

    Kozinszky Z, Dudas RB (2015), “Validation studies of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale for the antenatal period” J Affect Disord 176:95-105

    Abdul-Hamid S, Denman C, Dudas RB (2014), “Self-Relevant Disgust and Self-Harm Urges in Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder and Depression: A Pilot Study with a Newly Designed Psychological Challenge.” PLoS One 9(6):e99696 Details

    Dudas RB (2014), “What is it like to be diagnosed with bipolar illness, borderline personality disorder or another diagnosis with mood instability?” British Journal of Psychiatry 204: 178-179

    Evans D, Howard M, Dudas RB, Chess Denman, Barnaby D Dunn (2013), “Emotion Regulation in Borderline Personality Disorder: Examining the Consequences of Spontaneous and Instructed Use of Emotion Suppression and Emotion Acceptance when Viewing Negative Films” Journal of Experimental Psychopathology 4(5):546-565

    Kozinszky Z, Dudas RB, Devosa I, Csatordai S, Tóth E, Szabó D, Sikovanyecz J, Barabás K, Pál A (2012), “Can a brief antepartum preventive group intervention help reduce postpartum depressive symptomatology?” Psychother Psychosom 81(2):98-107 Details

    Dudas R, Berrios GE, Hodges JR (2005), “The Addenbrooke’s Cognitive Examination (ACE) in the differential diagnosis of early organic dementias from affective disorder” American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 13:218-26 Details

    Dudas R, Clague F, Thompson SA, Graham KS, Hodges JR (2005), “Episodic and semantic memory in mild cognitive impairment” Neuropsychologia 43:13266-76 Details

    Dudas R, Hans K, Barabas K (2005), “Strong correlation between anxiety and depressive symptoms and smoking status in schoolboys but not in schoolgirls” Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health 125:87-92 Details



    Buchmann-Wildbaum T, Unoka Zs, Dudas RB, Vizin G, Demetrovics Zs, Richman MJ (2021), “Shame in Borderline Personality Disorder: Meta-Analysis” Journal of Personality Disorders 35(Supplement A): 149-161


    Rubinsztein JS, Hatfield C, High, L, Krishnan R, Arnaoutoglou NA, Goulia P, Dudas R, Ruhi S, Wildschut K, Chouliaras L, Underwood BR (2020), “Efficacy of a dementia intensive support (DIS) service at preventing admissions to medical and psychiatric wards: qualitative and quantitative evaluation” BJPsych Bulletin 44(6), pp. 261–265


    Kozinszky Z, Töreki A, Hompoth EA, Dudas RB, Németh G (2017), “A more rational, theory-driven approach to analysing the factor structure of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale” Psychiatry Res


    Segarra N, Metastasio A, Ziauddeen H, Spencer J, Reinders NR, Dudas RB, Arrondo G, Robbins TW, Clark L, Fletcher PC, Murray GK (2016), “Abnormal Frontostriatal Activity During Unexpected Reward Receipt in Depression and Schizophrenia: Relationship to Anhedonia” Neuropsychopharmacology 41(8):2001-10


    Arrondo G, Segarra N, Metastasio A, Ziauddeen H, Spencer J, Reinders NR, Dudas RB, Robbins TW, Fletcher PC, Murray GK. (2015), “Reduction in ventral striatal activity when anticipating a reward in depression and schizophrenia: a replicated cross-diagnostic finding.” Front Psychol. 6:1280

    Kozinszky Z, Dudas RB (2015), “Validation studies of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale for the antenatal period.” J Affect Disord 176C:95-105 Details


    Chuang JY, Murray GK, Metastasio A, Segarra N, Tait R, Spencer J, Ziauddeen H, Dudas RB, Fletcher PC, Suckling J (2014), “Brain structural signatures of negative symptoms in depression and schizophrenia.” Front Psychiatry 5:116 Details

    Clark-Elford R, Nathan PJ, Auyeung B, Mogg K, Bradley BP, Sule A, Müller U, Dudas RB, Sahakian BJ, Baron-Cohen S (2014), “Effects of oxytocin on attention to emotional faces in healthy volunteers and highly socially anxious males.” Int J Neuropsychopharmacol 18(2) Details

    Dudas RB (2014), “What is it like to be diagnosed with bipolar illness, borderline personality disorder or another diagnosis with mood instability?” Br J Psychiatry 204(3):178-9 Details

    Ellison-Wright I, Nathan PJ, Bullmore ET, Zaman R, Dudas RB, Agius M, Fernandez-Egea E, Müller U, Dodds CM, Forde NJ, Scanlon C, Leemans A, McDonald C, Cannon DM (2014), “Distribution of tract deficits in schizophrenia.” BMC Psychiatry 14:99 Details

    Toreki A, Andó B, Dudas RB, Dweik D, Janka Z, Kozinszky Z, Keresztúri A (2014), “Validation of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale as a screening tool for postpartum depression in a clinical sample in Hungary.” Midwifery 30(8):911-8 Details


    Clark-Elford R, Nathan PJ, Auyeung B, Voon V, Sule A, Müller U, Dudas R, Sahakian BJ, Phan KL, Baron-Cohen S (2013), “The effects of oxytocin on social reward learning in humans.” Int J Neuropsychopharmacol :1-11 Details

    Kaser M, Soltesz F, Lawrence P, Miller S, Dodds C, Croft R, Dudas RB, Zaman R, Fernandez-Egea E, Müller U, Dean A, Bullmore ET, Nathan PJ (2013), “Oscillatory underpinnings of mismatch negativity and their relationship with cognitive function in patients with schizophrenia.” PLoS One 8(12):e83255 Details


    Dudas RB, Csatordai S, Devosa I, Töreki A, Andó B, Barabás K, Pál A, Kozinszky Z (2012), “Obstetric and psychosocial risk factors for depressive symptoms during pregnancy.” Psychiatry Res 200(2-3):323-8 Details

    Töreki A, Andó B, Keresztúri A, Sikovanyecz J, Dudas RB, Janka Z, Kozinszky Z, Pál A (2012), “The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale: Translation and antepartum validation for a Hungarian sample.” Midwifery Details


    Kozinszky Z, Dudas RB, Csatordai S, Devosa I, Tóth E, Szabó D, Sikovanyecz J, Zádori J, Barabás K, Pál A (2010), “Social dynamics of postpartum depression: a population-based screening in South-Eastern Hungary.” Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol Details


    Hatfield CF, Dudas RB, Dening T (2009), “Diagnostic tools for dementia.” Maturitas 63(3):181-5 Details


    Clague F, Dudas RB, Thompson SA, Graham KS, Hodges JR (2005), “Multidimensional measures of person knowledge and spatial associative learning: can these be applied to the differentiation of Alzheimer's disease from frontotemporal and vascular dementia?” Neuropsychologia 43(9):1338-50 Details