March 2021 – The Bridge

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Dr. Stephanie J Lewis is Clinical Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. Steph is keen to promote the translation of research and expert evidence into clinical practice to improve mental healthcare for young people, so is delighted and proud to be editor of the Bridge.

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Welcome to the March 2021 issue of The Bridge, click on the front cover to download the issue as a pdf or read the individual March 2021 articles online.


Welcome to the March 2021 issue of The Bridge!

This issue includes an excellent article on mood disorders in autistic young people, written by experts Dr Emily Jackson, Dr Eleanor Smith, and Dr Aditya Sharma. The authors thoughtfully discuss the overlap between these conditions, challenges in identifying their co-occurrence, and adaptations needed for interventions. They use an evidence-based approach to inform best practice, and highlight the importance of recognising and addressing comorbid mood disorders to improve affected autistic young people’s quality of life.

In The Bridge this month, we also feature fascinating research, recently published in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (JCPP) and Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH). This research covers a wide range of developmental, emotional, and behavioural conditions experienced by young people, and uses innovative approaches to better understand the course of illness, neurobiology, risks, and effectiveness of interventions. I hope you enjoy reading!

Updates to The Bridge

There are exciting changes ahead for The Bridge, as we’re planning updates to help us better share the latest clinically relevant child and adolescent mental health (CAMH) research, best practice, and policy, with a focus on accessibility for busy CAMH professionals. As part of these updates, we’re changing to publish quarterly; and we’ll be back in the Summer with our next issue in our new format. I’m keen that we continue to improve so that The Bridge is as useful as possible for our readers. Please do email me at with any feedback or suggestions. I’d really like to hear from you!

Articles from the March 2021 edition

Mood Disorders and ASD: What not to miss

Chronic illness may present barriers to engaging in CBT for depression

How far have we advanced this decade in understanding reading disorders?

Progressive cortical thinning might identify children at risk of developing psychotic spectrum symptoms

Which genetic mechanisms underlie the relationship between preschool vocabulary and later literacy skills?

Childhood behaviour patterns linked with romantic partnering in adulthood

Cord blood metabolites linked with an ADHD diagnosis in childhood

Does early androgen exposure contribute to autistic traits?

EEG data might help identify children at risk for social anxiety

Environmental factors linked with identifying as a sexual minority may increase suicidality risk

Is frontoamygdalar connectivity in the resting brain linked with externalising behaviours during development?

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