Ruth is a researcher with an interest in forensic psychology and the interplay between the environment and person centred factors and how they influence mental health and behaviour. She has been involved in a number of research studies, including the Study of Adolescents' Family Experiences (SAFE) an RCT of Functional Family Therapy in relation to youth offending and recidivism and an evaluation of pilot services for personality disordered offenders. More recently, she completed her PhD on the topic of how personality and temperament influences mental health service use in adolescents.
Peer reviewed publications
Spence, R., Roberts, A., Ariti, C., & Bardsley, M. (2014). Focus on: Antidepressant prescribing. Trends in the prescribing of antidepressants in primary care. The Health Foundation and the Nuffield Trust.
Spence, R., Owens, M., & Goodyer, I. (2013). The longitudinal psychometric properties of the EAS temperament survey in adolescence. Journal of Personality Assessment, 95(6), 633-639.
Spence, R., Owens, M., & Goodyer, I. (2012). Item response theory and validity of the NEO-FFI in adolescence. Journal of Personality and Individual Differences, 53(6-4), 801-807.
Fortune, Z., Rose, D., Crawford, M., Spence, R., Mudd, D., Barrett, B., Coid, J.W., Tyrer, P., & Moran, P. (2010). An evaluation of new services for personality-disordered offenders: Staff and service user perspectives. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 56(2), 186-195.
Bifulco, Antonia and Jacobs, Catherine and Ilan-Clarke, Yael and Spence, Ruth and Oskis, Andrea (2016) Adolescent attachment style in residential care: the attachment style interview and vulnerable attachment style questionnaire. British Journal of Social Work . ISSN 0045-3102
Spence, Ruth and Owens-Solari, Matthew and Goodyer, Ian (2016) Help-seeking in emerging adults with and without a history of mental health referral: a qualitative study. BMC Research Notes, 9 . ISSN 1756-0500
Bardsley, Martin and Georghiou, Theo and Spence, Ruth and Billings, John (2016) Factors associated with variation in hospital use at the end of life in England. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care . ISSN 2045-435X (Accepted/In press)
Spence, Ruth and Bunn, Amanda and Nunn, Stephen and Hosang, Georgina and Kagan, Lisa and Fisher, Helen L. and Taylor, Matthew and Bifulco, Antonia (2015) Measuring life events and their association with clinical disorder: a protocol for development of an online approach. JMIR Research Protocols, 4 (3). e83. ISSN 1929-0748
Fortune, Zoe and Rose, Diana and Crawford, Mike and Slade, Mike and Spence, Ruth and Mudd, David and Barrett, Barbara and Coid, Jeremy and Tyrer, Peter and Moran, Paul (2010) An evaluation of new services for personality-disordered offenders: staff and service user perspectives. International Journal of Social Psychiatry .