Ruth is a researcher with an interest in the interplay between the environment and person centred factors and how they influence mental health and behaviour. She has recently been involved in the Computerised Life Events Assessment Record (CLEAR) project, creating a new online system that can be used to measure life events contextually as well as capture measures of mental health, social support and demographics.
Part of the centre for abuse and trauma studies https://catsresearch.org.uk/
Spence, Ruth and Kagan, Lisa and Bifulco, Antonia (2019) A contextual approach to trauma experience: lessons from life events research. Psychological Medicine, 49 (9). pp. 1409-1413. ISSN 0033-2917
Bifulco, Antonia and Kagan, Lisa and Spence, Ruth and Nunn, Stephen and Bailey-Rodriguez, Deborah and Hosang, Georgina M. and Taylor, Matthew and Fisher, Helen L. (2019) Characteristics of severe life events, attachment style, and depression – Using a new online approach. British Journal of Clinical Psychology . ISSN 2044-8260 (Published online first)
Bifulco, Antonia and Spence, Ruth and Nunn, Stephen and Kagan, Lisa and Bailey-Rodriguez, Deborah and Hosang, Georgina M. and Taylor, Matthew and Fisher, Helen L. (2019) Web-based measure of life events using Computerized Life Events and Assessment Record (CLEAR): preliminary cross-sectional study of reliability, validity, and association with depression. JMIR Mental Health, 6 (1). ISSN 2368-7959
Spence, Ruth and Jacobs, Catherine and Bifulco, Antonia (2018) Attachment style, loneliness and depression in older age women. Aging and mental health . ISSN 1360-7863 (Published online first)
Bifulco, Antonia and Jacobs, Catherine and Ilan-Clarke, Yael and Spence, Ruth and Oskis, Andrea (2017) Adolescent attachment style in residential care: the attachment style interview and vulnerable attachment style questionnaire. British Journal of Social Work, 47 . pp. 1880-1883. ISSN 0045-3102