Dr Veronika Dobler MRCPsych, PhD


I am interested in the effect of Early Live Adversity (ELA) on neuro-cognitive development in later life. Psychological theories have long recognized that selective processing and distortions in appraisal of day-to day events as well as cognitive rigidity are psychological features of stress related disorders such as depression anxiety or psychosis. These disorders have also been associated with ELA. Research suggests that exposure to chronic stress during developmentally sensitive periods potentially leads to a variety of epigenetic and neuronal changes. These changes are likely influence cognitive processes and vulnerability to future stress and psychopathology. I am currently leading a project exploring the relationship between ELA, changes in physiological stress response (release of the stress hormone cortisol, and pulse rates) and cognitive processes such the ability to explore new information and to flexibly adapt behavioral responses changes in external demands.

Research Focus


early life adversity



at risk mental state

cognitive function

Clinical conditions

At Risk Mental States

Childhood disorders

Depressive disorders



Stress related mental disorders


Behavioural analysis

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Neuro-endocrine testing

Neuropsychological testing



Paul Fletcher

Ian Goodyer

Graham Murray

Jesus Perez

Naresh Subramaniam

Christoph Teufel

Paul Wilkinson


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Associated News Items



Ermakova AO, Murray G, Goodyer IM, Fletcher PC, Dobler, V (2014), “The effects of the psychosocial stress induction on the jumping to conclusions bias in people with clinical risk for psychosis” Schizophrenia Research 153:322

Russo D, Stochl I, Painter M, Dobler V, Jackson E, Jones P, Perez J (2014), “Trauma history characteristics associated with mental states at clinical high risk for psychosis” Psychiatry Research 220:237-244


Teufel C, Subramaniam N, Dobler, V.,Goodyer I, Fletcher P (2013), “Feedback Processes in the Visual System of Psychosis-Prone Individuals” Perception 42:157-157


Plaisted K, Dobler V, Bell S, Davis G (2006), “The microgenesis of global perception in autism.” J Autism Dev Disord 36(1):107-16 Details


Dobler VB, Anker S, Gilmore J, Robertson IH, Atkinson J, Manly T (2005), “Asymmetric deterioration of spatial awareness with diminishing levels of alertness in normal children and children with ADHD.” J Child Psychol Psychiatry 46(11):1230-48 Details

George M, Dobler V, Nicholls E, Manly T (2005), “Spatial awareness, alertness, and ADHD: the re-emergence of unilateral neglect with time-on-task.” Brain Cogn 57(3):264-75 Details

Manly T, Cornish K, Grant C, Dobler V, Hollis C (2005), “Examining the relationship between rightward visuo-spatial bias and poor attention within the normal child population using a brief screening task.” J Child Psychol Psychiatry 46(12):1337-44 Details

Manly T, Dobler VB, Dodds CM, George MA (2005), “Rightward shift in spatial awareness with declining alertness.” Neuropsychologia 43(12):1721-8 Details

Manly T, Dodds CM, George MS, Dobler V (2005), “Rightward-shift in visual attention with reduced alertness: Is the persistence of unilateral neglect an exaggeration of a normal pattern?” Brain Impairment 6(2): 122-123


Cornish K, Manly T, Dobler V, Grant C, Hollis C (2004), “Lateralized spatial attention in attentive and inattentive school-aged boys” Brain and Cognition 56(1): 118


Dobler VB, Manly T, Verity C, Woolrych J, Robertson IH (2003), “Modulation of spatial attention in a child with developmental unilateral neglect.” Dev Med Child Neurol 45(4):282-8 Details


Cornish K, Hollis C, Dobler V, Manly T, Grant C, Kay C (2002), “Evidence for anomalous lateralization in ADHD subtypes” Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology 17 (8): 788


Dobler V, Manly T, Atkinson J, Wilson BA, Ioannou K, Robertson IH (2001), “Interaction of hand use and spatial selective attention in children.” Neuropsychologia 39(10):1055-64 Details