Conceptual framework for public mental health

For the past 2.5 years, I have been working as a senior post-doctoral researcher and programme manager on the NIHR-funded Public Mental Health Programme. This has been an interesting post, which has allowed me to work on many exciting research projects with wonderful collaborators from across England. In order to further our knowledge of “what … More Conceptual framework for public mental health

Can your neighbourhood shape your mental health? New research

I have moved a lot over the past 15 years. I have moved houses, moved cities, moved countries and continents. Each place I have lived has very different vibes – from the rural home I spent my formative years with vegetable gardens and chickens to the Toronto loft in the junction. It is likely that … More Can your neighbourhood shape your mental health? New research

Improving public mental health among adults from ethnic minority populations in the UK: New research

For the past two years, I have been the programme manager and senior research fellow on a large programme of research aimed at generating evidence for public mental health. As with many projects, it always takes time before you can see the fruits of all of the work. I am delighted that our first papers … More Improving public mental health among adults from ethnic minority populations in the UK: New research

Mental health, social isolation, and financial stress: Christmas in COVID-19 (Podcast interview)

One of the exciting new projects I have been involved in is the launch of a new podcast: Real World Public Mental Health. This podcast was developed as a forum to discuss how evidence can be used in the real world to prevent mental health problems and promote better mental health. It is hosted by … More Mental health, social isolation, and financial stress: Christmas in COVID-19 (Podcast interview)

Rocketbook review

While COVID-19 lockdown has re-ignited my enthusiasm for knitting and cross stitch, I have spent much of the last 3 months feeling deeply unmotivated in most other areas of life, including creating any content for this blog. However, as I do like going on about my latest toys, I overcame my reticence in order to … More Rocketbook review

New paper: Migrants with psychosis at higher risk of compulsory care than Swedish-born

I have been working from my flat for months, which makes it feel like the pace of research has slowed to an agonising crawl, which is why it is extra exciting to share this latest piece of research. This was work done by one of my MSc students, James Terhune, who I co-supervised with James … More New paper: Migrants with psychosis at higher risk of compulsory care than Swedish-born

Musings on data, knowledge, and models in a complex world

I am a doctor… but not the kind that is useful in a medical emergency. I am an epidemiologist, the rock stars of an outbreak, but not the kind that is particularly useful to help us understand the spread of infectious diseases. My research is focused on mental health, quantifying who is mostly likely to … More Musings on data, knowledge, and models in a complex world

New paper: Neighbourhood migrant density and psychotic disorders

I am thrilled to share my latest paper, published today in Lancet Psychiatry: Association of neighbourhood migrant density and risk of non-effective psychosis. It is open access and you can download your very own copy here: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(20)30059-6/fulltext  But it is a Friday afternoon and you may not want to dive into a methods-heavy paper, so I have prepared a brief … More New paper: Neighbourhood migrant density and psychotic disorders

Gift guide for your favourite nerd: academic gift guide

Every year, I look forward to The Cup of Jo’s Gift Guide. She curates lists for different people like “Your best friend who reads her horoscope every day and gives the best pep talks” or “Your little brother who makes amazing tomato sauce and laughs at his own jokes.” She has published these since 2007, … More Gift guide for your favourite nerd: academic gift guide