Programme Leader at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge. She is an Honorary Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford and Wellcome Trust Clinical Fellow. Her research places cognitive science alongside clinical psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience to investigate psychological processes to improve mental health treatments. Her work in PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder), Depression and Bipolar Disorder is linked by an interest in mental imagery and emotion. Emotional mental images which can spring to mind unbidden, such as past memories of trauma (flashbacks) or images that ‘flash-forward’ to the future. Holmes received her degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. She completed her clinical training doctorate at Royal Holloway University of London, and a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge.
Emily Holmes has served on the Royal Society EDAN committee since 2009. She is a former Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin fellow and has also served on the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin award committee. She has a long standing interest in improving equality and diversity in science