Our research focus

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Given the complexity of MH&N, our bio-psycho-social approach to studying the five research themes will enable our PhD scholars to understand MH issues from different perspectives, and develop diverse solutions, reducing service-user exclusion, addressing wider systemic challenges, and increasing treatment choices.

PhD scholars will be able to use one or more of these approaches within their research projects. Each ‘approach’ has two leads. Applicants may wish to contact the individuals below to discuss their PhD proposals.

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Neuroimaging and Neuromodulation

Professor Ole Jensen
Professor in Translation Neuroscience

Professor Stamatios Sotiropoulos
Associate Professor of Computational Neuroimaging

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Digital Technologies and Artificial Intelligence

Professor Theo Arvanitis
Professor of Digital Health Innovation

Dr Elvira Perez-Vallejos
Associate Professor of Digital Technology and Mental Health

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Epidemiology and Big Data

Professor Terry Brugha
Professor of Psychiatry

Professor Blossom Stephan
Professor of Neuroepidemiology And Global Ageing

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Complex Interventions

Prof Avril Drummond
Professor of Healthcare Research

Dr Shirley Thomas
Associate Professor in Rehabilitation Psychology

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Arts and Social Sciences

Professor Justine Schneider
Professor of Mental Health and Social Care

Dr Elizabeth Barry
Associate Professor in English

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Mental Health of Minority Groups

Professor Jon Arcelus
Professor in Mental Health and in Transgender Health

Professor Neil Chakraborti
Professor of Criminology