- Reader of Mental Health (Mental Health & Wellbeing)
- Associate (School of Medicine)
telephone: 0141 211 3930
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Gartnavel Royal Hospital
1055 Great Western Road
Glasgow G12 0XH
Dr Smith is Reader in Psychiatry at the University of Glasgow and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. He chairs the Scottish Mental Health Research Network's Clinical Research Group for Bipolar Disorder, acts as Medical Advisor to Bipolar Scotland, and is the academic representative on the Glasgow Psychosis Clinical Information System (PsyCIS) Steering Committee. His research is focused in two main areas:
1. Bipolar Disorder:
- Identification of genetic and non-genetic risk factors for bipolar disorder, using data from the ALSPAC 'Children of the 90's' study, the Bipolar Disorder Research Network and UK Biobank
- Epidemiological studies in bipolar disorder, including data linkage studies assessing the relationship between educational attainment in adolescence and risk for bipolar disorder in adulthood
- Improving the early diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder, for example, by developing and evaluating screening approaches and group and web-based psychoeducational treatments.
2. Major mental illness and cardiovascular disease:
- This programme of work makes use of data from a number of sources, including the Glasgow Psychosis (PsyCIS) cohort and UK Biobank, to investigate mechanisms of comorbidity between major mental illness (depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia) and cardiovascular disease/diabetes, with a view to developing and evaluating novel treatment approaches.
Dr Smith leads the intercalated BSc programme for Psychological Medicine and teaches on the Masters in Public Health (MPH) and the Masters in Global Mental Health (MGMH) programmes. He is external examiner for undergraduate psychiatry at the University of Oxford.
Dr Smith trained in medicine at the University of Edinburgh (BSc, 1994 and MB ChB, 1996) and completed a clinical research training fellowship in Edinburgh alongside an International Masters in Affective Neuroscience (MD, Edinburgh 2006 and MSc, Maastricht 2006). After higher clinical training in psychiatry, he obtained a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) to work at the Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health at Cardiff University (2008-2011). He moved to the University of Glasgow in 2012.