‘What the research tells us; Anxiety, Neurodiversity, Suicide, and Genetics’ is the JCPPA 2023 Lecture series. This free webinar features a series of five fantastic 10-minute lectures from leading researchers, academics and practitioners on key topics in the field of child and adolescent mental health.
Professor Henrik Larsson – Welcome
Professor Thalia Eley ‘Anxiety genetics: what do we know and how might that help?’
Dr. Lucy A. Livingston ‘Depression in autism and ADHD: What do we know?’
Dr. Polly Waite ‘The treatment of anxiety disorders in adolescents’
Dr. Pablo Vidal-Ribas ‘Developmental Origins of Suicide Mortality’
Dr. Aja Murray ‘Exploring mechanisms linking ADHD symptoms to co-occurring mental health issues’
About the speakers
Professor Thalia Eley is Professor of Developmental Behavioural Genetics at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London where she directs the Emotional Development, Intervention and Treatment (EDIT) lab. This group consists of around 20 post-docs, PhD students, placement students and research assistants, exploring the interplay between genetic and environmental factors in the development and treatment of anxiety and depression. The group take a highly interdisciplinary approach, using both the twin design and molecular genetics, whilst also drawing on cognitive, clinical and developmental psychology. Prof Eley has written over 140 empirical papers and received numerous awards including the Spearman Medal from the British Psychological Society, the Lilly-Molecular Psychiatry Award, and the James Shields Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Twin Studies. Professor Eley is particularly interested in finding ways in which genetic approaches can inform psychological practise as well as theory. Using molecular genetics, she has been exploring the role of specific genetic markers in the aetiology of anxiety and depression, and as predictors of psychological therapies response for these conditions. She has run several longitudinal genetically sensitive studies throughout her career. Recently she became Director of the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS), which is the largest longitudinal twin birth cohort in the UK. She also leads the Genetics Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) Study with Prof Gerome Breen and is one of the Chairs of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium Anxiety Group.
Dr. Lucy A. Livingston is currently a Lecturer in Psychology, based in the Department of Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), Kings College London. Following training at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at the IoPPN, she was a Waterloo Foundation Research Fellow at the Neuroscience and Mental Health Innovation Institute at Cardiff University. Her research uses interdisciplinary methods to understand neurodevelopmental conditions across the lifespan. She is particularly interested in cognition, mental health, and resilience processes in autism and ADHD, as well as research that is co-developed with neurodivergent people.
Dr. Aja Murray is a Reader in Psychology at the University of Edinburgh. Her research examines mental health from a developmental perspective using longitudinal and ecological momentary assessment techniques. Her recent work includes a focus on examining the role of mechanisms such as emotion regulation issues in the links between ADHD symptoms and commonly co-occurring mental health issues.
Take a look at Dr. Aja Murray & Lydia Speyer’s video abstract on their JCPP paper ‘A symptom level perspective on reactive and proactive aggressive behaviours and ADHD symptoms in childhood’.
Dr. Pablo Vidal-Ribas is a Ramon y Cajal Investigator, Sant Joan de Déu Research Institute, Barcelona. He obtained his PhD in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, UK. He continued his research as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) in Bethesda, USA. Dr. Vidal-Ribas uses clinical, epidemiological, and neuroimaging approaches to identify risk and protective factors of mood disorders in young people, including depression, anxiety, irritability, and suicidality.
Dr. Polly Waite is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford. She is also an Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. Her primary clinical and research interests are anxiety disorders in adolescents, and she has recently led a feasibility randomised controlled trial on cognitive therapy for adolescent panic disorder. She has co-led the UKRI/Westminster Foundation-funded Co-SPACE study, tracking the mental health of children, young people and their parents/carers over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. She has also edited and authored papers and books on anxiety and other common mental health problems for professionals, young people and their families.
Listen to Polly’s ACAMH podcast on Mental Health in Lockdown and its Impact on Children, Adolescents and Families