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Dr Gemma Lewis
6th Floor
Maple House
149 Tottenham Court Road
London
W1T 7NF
Appointment
  • Lecturer
  • Division of Psychiatry
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
  • Research Associate in Psychiatric Epidemiology
  • Division of Psychiatry
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Biography

I completed my PhD, 'Family and genetic influences on child and adolescent depression', at the Department of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences, Cardiff University (2012). I used several large, longitudinal, genetically sensitive datasets (e.g. twins and children conceived via IVF) to test environmental influences on depression that are independent of genetics. 

After my PhD I conducted an evaluation of the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC), a specialised intervention for parents with substance abuse and psychiatric problems. I also worked for the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) as a quantitative researcher in the Children and Young People team. 

From October 2014 I worked as a Research Associate in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, investigating adolescent depression using a longitudinal population-based sample, the ROOTS study. I also assisted in the development of the Neurosciences in Psychiatry Network (NSPN), a large study of the development of the adolescent brain.  

I have been based at the Division of Psychiatry at University College London since November 2015. I am investigating the development and treatment of adolescent and adult depression using research methods from epidemiology and psychology. 

Research Summary

I investigate the causes, prevention, and treatment of depression using epidemiological methods and statistics. I am currently working on the PANDA study (indications for Prescribing ANtiDepressAnts that will lead o a clinical benefit), funded by NIHR. The PANDA study consists of a cohort of adults with depression recruited through primary care, and a separate Radomised Controlled Trial investigating the severity of depressive symptoms at which antidepressants are effective when prescribed in primary care. I also work on larger epidemiological datasets including the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC).

Teaching Summary

I am a lecturer on the UCL Masters in Mental Health Sciences course. I teach on the statistics and epidemiology core and optional modules. 

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