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Prof James Kirkbride
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Appointment
  • Professor of Psychiatric and Social Epidemiology
  • Division of Psychiatry
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Biography

Iam Professor of Psychiatric and Social Epidemiology at the Division ofPsychiatry, UCL. 


I trained in geography at the University of Nottingham, supervisedby Professor John Giggs (2002). I completed an M.Sc. in Epidemiology at the LondonSchool of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2003) and my Ph.D. in PsychiatricEpidemiology under the supervision of Professor Peter Jones at the Universityof Cambridge (2007). I have held both a Sir Henry Wellcome and Sir Henry DaleFellowship from the Wellcome Trust, joining UCL for the latter in 2014. I became Professor of Psychiatric andSocial Epidemiology at UCL in 2021.

Research Summary

I am Professor of Psychiatric and Social Epidemiology at theDivision of Psychiatry, UCL, interested in the social determinants of psychosisat multiple levels of causation across the life course. My research focusses oninvestigating why migrants and their descendants experience elevated rates ofpsychosis, and why rates of psychosis are elevated in urban environments. My researchgroup, PsyLife (www.psylife.eu), addressesthese inequalities by applying several epidemiological techniques (multilevelmodelling, Bayesian modelling, multiple imputation, causal inference methods)to various datasets, including large epidemiological studies of first episodepsychosis (AESOP, ELFEP, SEPEA, EU-GEI) and longitudinal cohort data (ALSPAC,Swedish register data, Chilean registry data).


Using this knowledge, we have developed a translational epidemiologicalprediction model to forecast expected need for psychosis in differentpopulations (www.psymaptic.org). This informsEarly Intervention in Psychosis service commissioners and planners aboutexpected need for psychosis in the populations they serve. It has informed NICEguidance in England on EIP service provision since 2014, and has also beendeveloped for use in Wales, the Republic of Ireland and Chile. 


I am currently accepting PhD invitations from prospectivestudents interested in undertaking Ph.D. training in psychiatric epidemiology. Pleasesee my website www.psylife.eu/prospectivefor details of how to get in touch.

Teaching Summary
I co-convene and teach on the module on "Epidemiology Research Methods in Mental Health" on the MSc in Clinical 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.

Appointments
01-OCT-2021 Professor of Psychiatric & Social Epidemiology Division of Psychiatry UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2016 – 30-SEP-2021 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
    PGCE.  
    ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow  
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