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Dr James Kirkbride
2nd Floor, Charles Bell House
67-73 Riding House Street
London
W1W 7EJ
Appointment
  • Senior Research Fellow
  • Division of Psychiatry
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Biography

I am currently a Sir Henry Dale Fellow (Wellcome Trust and Royal Society) in the Division of Psychiatry at UCL (2014-18). Before moving to UCL I held a Sir Henry Wellcome Fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge (2009-13), where I established two major studies of first episode psychosis (SEPEA, EU-GEI) as well as the PsyMaptic population-based FEP prediction tool (www.psymaptic.org). 

I am a psychiatric epidemiologist with a background in social science, having completed my Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge in 2007. I previously obtained an M.Sc. in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2003). Prior to that, I obtained a First Class Honours degree in Geography, Business and the Environment at the University of Nottingham (2002).  

Research Themes
Research Summary

My lab, PsyLife (www.psylife.eu), aims to investigate the social determinants of psychosis at multiple levels of causation across the life course. I am particularly interested in understanding how our social, built and physical environments can affect the risk of psychosis, and why migrants and their descendants show elevated rates of psychotic disorder. This research is explored through series of multilevel and longitudinal epidemiological investigations. Our research currently includes two large, epidemiological studies of first episode psychosis: the Social Epidemiology of Psychoses in East Anglia study [SEPEA] (www.sepea.org) and the Cambridgeshire centre of the EUropean network of schizophrenia networks studying Gene-Environment Interactions [EU-GEI] (www.eu-gei.eu). Future research projects will focus on Swedish linked longitudinal datasets, the UK ALSPAC birth cohort and a Canadian cohort of young people (NLSCY). My past research has been predominantly conducted in the AESOP and East London First Episode Psychosis studies. 



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