Centre for Innovation in Mental Health
About our research
Our 3 themes cover developmental, therapeutic and clinical research.
Explore our themes in depth and learn about our funding partners.
Developmental and applied psychopathology
Specific projects focus on:
- understanding the impact of environmental risk
- identifying neurological and cognitive risk mechanisms
- exploring associated developmental disorders in children and adolescents
- understanding the impact of developmental disorders in education
- developing effective intervention and prevention methods
Therapeutic innovation across the life span
We apply evidence-based research to develop innovative therapeutic techniques. Our scientific trials span from experimental and proof of concept studies to large scale, multi-centre assessments.
Our priorities include:
- identifying and preventing childhood conditions through screening and psychological interventions
- investigating image-based interventions mood and cognitive disorders
- exploring psycho-social interventions for difficult to reach populations (for example homeless people and prisoners)
- evaluating novel pharmacological drug targets
- delivering online psychological assessments and treatment
Clinical and affective neuroscience
We use advanced neuroscience methods to understand brain systems that increase risk and resilience to mental illness. This allows us to reveal novel therapeutic treatment targets.
Our research priorities include:
- identifying neuropsychological treatment targets in mental health conditions
- predicting treatment response with biological markers
- developing experimental medicine models for pharmacological treatments
- understanding inflammatory mechanisms in the treatment of mood disorders
- evaluating the effects of brain stimulation on neuropsychological function and emotions
We're supported by research grants from major UK and international funders, including: