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Research project: Psychological approaches in Bipolar Disorder

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This research is looking at the psychological mechanisms involved with Bipolar Disorder, and how psychological therapies may be used as a treatment.

This research stream is also examining the impact of financial difficulties in Bipolar Disorder and the psychological factors that might lead to impulsive spending in this population.

This research is also looking at the effectiveness of psychological therapies for Bipolar Disorder. 






Financial difficulties and Impulsive Spending in Bipolar Disorder: A Psychological Understanding. Webinar for International Bipolar Foundation, June 2020.

Presentation on ‘Money and Bipolar Disorder’ for CREST BD. 13/10/2020.

Gambling and Bipolar Disorder. Webinar for CrestBD, 9/05/2022. #TalkBD: Gambling & Bipolar Disorder (w/ Dr. Luke Clark) 🎰 - YouTube

Panel member for International Society for Bipolar Disorder headline talk 'To tell or not to tell: An experts by experience Panel'. Online international conference, 12/06/2022.



• 2019 Research on Impulsive Spending in Bipolar covered by Portsmouth News.


• Bipolar group work quoted in ‘Who’s job is it anyway?’ report by  Money and Mental Health Policy Institute (2017).

• I analysed data and helped write the report for Bipolar UK's 'Bipolar Diagnosis Matters' reports in 2021:

• I analysed data and helped write the report for Bipolar UK's 'Hidden in Plain Sight' reports in 2022:

Memberships and Expert involvement

  • I am a member of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders Taskforce for Psychological Interventions.
  • I am part of the Bipolar UK Commission member. Member of commission of experts on Bipolar Disorder for the charity Bipolar UK. Involved in designing surveys and lobbying to improve treatments for those with Bipolar Disorder.
  • I am a network member for Crest BD, a Canadian based international organisation aimed to develop collaborative research and exchange knowledge about Bipolar Disorder.


• Richardson, T., Burniston, D. & Mansell, W. (2020). The belief that being high is a natural part of your personality predicts greater manic symptoms four months later in Bipolar Disorder. Oral presentation at Solent NHS Trust Research and Improvement Conference, 24/09/2020, online.

• Woods, C., Richardson, T. & Palmer-Cooper (2022). Dysfunctional Assumptions in Bipolar Disorder: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Presentation at University of Southampton School of Psychology Postgraduate Conference, 24/06/2022.

Related project(s)

Financial difficulties and mental health problems




Related research groups

Centre for Innovation in Mental Health (CiMH)
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