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 Jacobs, Catherine and Bifulco, Antonia (2018) Attachment style, loneliness and depression in older age women. Aging and mental health . ISSN 1360-7863 (Accepted/In press)
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. (2018) The Computerised Life Event and Assessment (CLEAR) online measure of life events: reliability, validity and association with depression. JMIR Mental Health . ISSN 2368-7959 (Accepted/In press)
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
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 (Published online first)