Who we are

We have a strong interdisciplinary team of researchers with expertise spanning epidemiology, psychiatry, psychology, primary care, cardiometabolic disease, genetics, statistics and bioinformatics.

Our research also benefits from close collaboration with colleagues in the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, School of Life Sciences and School of Mathematics and Statistics, as well as research groups at Cardiff University, University of Oxford, King’s College London, University of Edinburgh, Dublin City University and the Karolinska Institute.

We welcome enquiries about new collaborations and postgraduate research opportunities.

Photo of Jana AndersonJana Anderson (Cardiometabolic health)

I am a Research Associate in Public Health, interested in understanding the link between diet and health in association with other lifestyle risk factors.

 

Photo of Mark BaileyMark Bailey (Mental health)

I am Senior Lecturer in Molecular Genetics, with interests in the genetic basis for a range of human traits and disorders, both single gene and complex, focussing on brain- and body composition/performance-related phenotypes.

 

Photo of Jonathan CavanaghJonathan Cavanagh (Mental health)

I am a Professor of Psychiatry, and my research is focused on understanding the role of immune molecular mechanisms (cytokines and chemokines) in serious mental disorder.

 

Photo of Breda CullenBreda Cullen (Cognitive function, Mental health)

I am a Lecturer in Mental Health and a clinical neuropsychologist. My research focuses on understanding variation in cognitive function in chronic psychiatric and neurological disorders.

 

Photo of Jonathan EvansJonathan Evans (Cognitive function)

I am a Professor of Applied Neuropsychology and interested in understanding the nature of cognitive and emotional functioning in neurological and psychiatric conditions.

 

Photo of Amy FergusonAmy Ferguson (Circadian rhythms & sleep, Mental health)

I am an MRC-funded PhD student, investigating the genetic links between circadian rhythmicity and bipolar disorder.

 

Photo of Hamish FosterHamish Foster (Multimorbidity & treatment burden)

I am a Clinical Academic Fellow in Primary Care, particularly interested in social inequalities in lifestyle and physical activity, and how this impacts on health.

 

Photo of Katie GallacherKatie Gallacher (Multimorbidity & treatment burden)

I am the Stroke Association HRH Princess Margaret Clinical Lecturer, and I am particularly interested in how people with stroke live with and manage their condition.

 

Photo of Nicholas GrahamNicholas Graham (Mental health, Cardiometabolic health)

I am a Clinical Research Fellow in Psychiatry, and my research focuses on understanding the relationship between mood disorder and cardiometabolic disease.

 

Photo of Peter HanlonPeter Hanlon (Multimorbidity & treatment burden)

I am a Clinical Lecturer in General Practice & Primary Care interested in chronic disease management.

 

Photo of Bhautesh JaniBhautesh Jani (Multimorbidity & treatment burden)

I am a Clinical Senior Lecturer in General Practice & Primary Care with particular interests in chronic disease management and mental health.

 

Photo of Keira JohnstonKeira Johnston (Multimorbidity & treatment burden, Mental health)

I am an MRC-funded PhD student with a background in evolutionary and quantitative genetics, focussing on how genetic data can be used to explore causal relationships between major depression & chronic pain.

 

Photo of Julie Langan MartinJulie Langan Martin (Mental health, Multimorbidity & treatment burden)

I am a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist. My main areas of research are multimorbidity and perinatal mental illness.

 

Photo of Donald LyallDonald Lyall (Cognitive function, Cardiometabolic health)

I am a Lecturer in Public Health and I am interested in cognitive ageing: its modifiers (e.g. genetics or lifestyle) and its substrates (e.g. brain structure).

 

Photo of Laura LyallLaura Lyall (Circadian rhythms & sleep, Mental health)

I am a Research Associate with a background in psychology, and my research focuses on understanding predictors of mental health, cognitive and brain imaging outcomes.

 

Photo of Daniel MackayDaniel Mackay (Cardiometabolic health, Mental health)

I am a Reader in Public Health and my research interests include public health economics, the application of econometric techniques within health care research, the evaluation of complex interventions and epidemiology.

 

Photo of Frances MairFrances Mair (Multimorbidity & treatment burden)

I am the Norie Miller Professor of Primary Care Research, and my work focuses on optimising the care of patients with chronic illness and multimorbidity, taking into account the wider socioeconomic environment and social contexts in which patients live.

 

Photo of Ross McQueenieRoss McQueenie (Multimorbidity & treatment burden)

I am a Research Assistant in General Practice & Primary Care focusing on statistical approaches to exploring multimorbidity.

 

Photo of Barbara NichollBarbara Nicholl (Multimorbidity & treatment burden)

I am a Lecturer in Primary Care and I am particularly interested in the complexity of chronic pain alongside mental and physical health conditions.

 

Photo of Claire NiedzwiedzClaire Niedzwiedz (Mental health)

I am a UKRI Innovation Fellow, and my research aims to explore how aspects of computer science can help us better understand the onset of mental and physical co-morbidities and associated adverse outcomes.

 

Photo of Robert PearsallRobert Pearsall (Mental health)

I am a Consultant Psychiatrist and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry and my main area of research is into the physical co-morbidity of people with serious mental illness.

 

Photo of Jill PellJill Pell (Cardiometabolic health)

I am the Henry Mechan Professor of Public Health, and I have a longstanding interest in using record linkage to study chronic disease epidemiology.

 

Photo of Richard ShawRichard Shaw (Mental health)

I am an epidemiologist, and my research aims to understand how a person’s social context influences their health across the life course.

 

Photo of Daniel SmithDaniel Smith (Mental health)

I’m a Professor of Psychiatry interested in the causes and treatment of major mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder, as well as the overlap between psychiatric and cardiometabolic disorders.

 

Photo of Rona StrawbridgeRona Strawbridge (Mental health, Cardiometabolic health)

I am a Health Data Research-UK Research and Innovation Research Fellow with a background in molecular genetics, and my current research focus is on using genetics to investigate the link between psychiatric disorders and cardiometabolic disease.

 

Photo of Rachana TankRachana Tank (Cognitive function, Cardiometabolic health)

I am a PhD student with a background in neuropsychology interested in ways in which cardiometabolic health influences brain structure and cognition, focusing on genetic determinants of cardiometabolic disease. 

 

Photo of Joey WardJoey Ward (Mental health)

I am a JMAS Sim/RCPE Research Fellow, and my research investigates how genetic risk for neuroticism and major depression influence response to antidepressants and longer-term clinical outcomes.