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Dr James Kirkbride
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  • Reader in Epidemiology
  • Division of Psychiatry
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

I am currently a Reader in Epidemiology in the Division of Psychiatry at UCL. I have previously held a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship (UCL, 2014-18) and Sir Henry Wellcome Fellowship  (University of Cambridge, 2009-13). Currently I work with Swedish, UK and Canadian cohort data and am involved in active MRC projects in Latin America and South Africa. I have previously led 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).  

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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. 

I am happy to consider applications from prospective Ph.D. students. Please contact me with an outline of your research ideas in the first instance.

Teaching Summary

I co-convene and teach on a double module on "Epidemiology and Social Research Methods" on the MSc in Mental Health Sciences in the Division of Psychiatry, UCL. I hold a Fellowship of the Higher Education Authority for my teaching. 

I currently supervise 3-4 MSc students per year for their final dissertations, and 2 full time PhD students. I am willing to accept new PhD students. Interested students should contact me with an idea of their project proposal in the first instance, with an indication of any potential funding support. 

01-OCT-2016 Reader in Epidemiology Division of Psychiatry UCL, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2014 – 31-DEC-2018 Sir Henry Dale Fellow Division of Psychiatry UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
    ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow  
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