Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental Health and Wellbeing

he PsySTAR Programme at the University of Glasgow 

Psychiatry: Scottish Training in Academic Research

The PsySTAR Programme is funded by the Medical Research Foundation/Medical Research Council, to provide 4 year fellowships so a cohort of the UK's most able psychiatrists can undertake PhDs under the supervision of Scotland's most successful basic and clinical scientists. The four Scottish biomedical universities were awarded the funding to establish the cohort in open competition with the UK's other universities. The next interviews are in March 2015. We can assist with Inter-Deanery transfers, which are not a problem. 

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Research Group

The Institute of Health and Wellbeing provides a rich and supportive environment for PsySTAR fellows. It brings together the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, research groups in mental health, public health, health economics, and general practice, the Robertson Centre for Biostatistics, and Glasgow’s Clinical Trials Unit, into an interdisciplinary grouping of over 200 staff benefiting from frequent and regular seminar programmes and thematic workshops. Doctoral training is high priority, and the Institute has a current headcount of well over 100 research students, including many prestigious fellowships. The latest International Student Barometer Survey shows that 91.6% of students are satisfied with their experience at Glasgow while the National Student Survey reveals a 90% satisfaction rating, making Glasgow the joint top-rated University in Scotland along with St Andrews.   

Our child and adult mental health research focuses on new psychosocial interventions for common, and severe and enduring mental disorders, with trials of therapeutic and complex interventions, and epidemiology charting trajectories to determine when, where and how to intervene. We also investigate health trends and inequalities experienced by people with intellectual disabilities. Integration of technologies is improving our understanding of the interaction between social, societal and biological factors, so providing a strong foundation for research into interventions to actively reddress inequalities. Our close links with the NHS, voluntary sector groups, and with Government help us to deliver research into practice.

We offer high quality supervision and training in key skills such as clinical trials methodology, epidemiology, statistics, informatics and new technologies, mental health and development, public health, health service research, and social sciences as they relate to mental health and intellectual disabilities, and also immunological techniques to investigate how biological underpinnings of disease interact with societal and environmental determinants. We do this across a range of settings; tertiary care through to health promotion/wider community access settings.

We have considerable experience and a strong culture of studying the lifecourse and determinants of mental ill-health through prospective cohort studies. For example, we have access to Scotland’s birth to death datasets of routinely collected data, are home to Generation Scotland, and numerous MRC and other funded prospective cohort studies such as the Twenty-07 cohort, the 11-16 and 16+ studies, Peers and Levels of Stress, Determinants of Adolescent Social Wellbeing and Health, and the Aberdeen Children of the 1950s study. We also have cohorts of adults with learning disabilities, adults with head injuries, and high risk adults for psychosis. Within the Institute, the Scottish Health Informatics Programme (SHIP supports an innovative mix of studies conducting health research using electronic patient records and major longitudinal cohort datasets.

PsySTAR supervisors at the University of Glasgow

Dr Jonathan Cavanagh MB, ChB, MPhil, MRCPsych, MD
Email Telephone 0141 201-2496 
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Professor Sally-Ann Cooper BSc (Hons), MB, BS, MD, FRCPsych
Email Telephone 0141 211-0690
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Dr Geoff Der MA Oxon, MSc Cardiff, MSc London
Email Telephone 0141 357-3949
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Professor Jon Evans BSc (Hons), DipClinPsychol, PhD
Email Telephone 0141 211-3978
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Professor Ian Ford BSc (Hons), PhD, FISI, FRCPS (Glasg), FRCP (Edin), FRSE
Email Telephone 0141 330-4048
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Professor Chris Gillberg MD, PhD, Knight of the Seaphim Order
Email Telephone 0141 201-9239
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Professor Andrew Gumley BA (Hons), MAppSci, PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS
Email Telephone 0141 211-3930
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Professor Andrew Jahoda BSc (Hons), PhD, MPhil
Email Telephone 0141 211-0282
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Professor Dame Sally Macintyre BA (Hons), MSc, PhD, FRSE
Email Telephone 0141 357-3949
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Professor Frances Mair MD, DRCOG, FRCGP
Email Telephone 0141 330-8335
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Professor Iain McInnes MBChB (Hons), PhD, FRCP, FRSE
Email Telephone 0141 330-8412
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Dr Hamish McLeod BA, MA (Hons), DipApplPsyc (Clinical), PhD, CPsychol, MAPS
Email Telephone 0141 211-3922

Professor Tom McMillan MAppSci, PhD, FBPsS
Email Telephone 0141 211-3938
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Dr Craig Melville BSc (Hons), MBChB, MRC Psych
Email Telephone 0141 211-2099
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Dr Helen Minnis BSc, MBChB, MSc, PhD
Email Telephone 0141 201-0220
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Professor Richard Mitchell BSc(Hons), PhD
E-mail Telephone 0141 330-1663
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Professor Jill Morrison MBChB, MSc, PhD, FRCGP, FAcadMEd, FRCP&S, FRCP(E), FHEA, DCH, DROG
Email Telephone 0141 330-8348
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Professor Jill Pell MD, FFPHM, FESC
Email Telephone 0141 330-3239
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Dr Daniel Smith Sc, MB ChB, MSc, MD, MRCPsych
Email Telephone 0141 211 3930

Professor Chris Williams BSc (Hons), MBChB, MMed Sc, MD, FRCPsych
Email Telephone 0141 211-3912 
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We will supervise PsySTAR fellows in designing projects to match their interests and aptitudes, and to develop their research skills.  This list of potential projects is merely an example of the types we can offer our expertise in. Projects may be supervised in Glasgow, or jointly by academics in Glasgow together with academics in Edinburgh, Dundee or Aberdeen.

Examples of types of potential projects

More information about the PsySTAR programme and how to apply

More information about PsySTAR at the University of Glasgow

Photo of Sally-Ann CooperFor more information about PsySTAR at the University of Glasgow, please contact: Professor Sally-Ann Cooper
Telephone 0141 211-0690