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PhD Student Amy Perry

PhD Student

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details

email: a.perry@worc.ac.uk

tel: +44 (0)1905 54 2803

Qualifications

BSc (1st class Hons) Psychology, 2009, Newman University

Amy is a part-time PhD student in the Institute of Health and Society at the University of Worcester.

Amy’s main research interests lie in investigating the causes of bipolar disorder and related mood disorders. The focus of her PhD research is to examine the role of pregnancy and childbirth in the occurrence of mood episodes in women with bipolar disorder. Using a prospective follow-up design, Amy aims to identify factors which make women with bipolar disorder more or less likely to experience severe episodes of illness in relation to childbirth/

Amy is a member of the Mood Disorders Research Group and the Bipolar Disorder Research Network.

Her supervisors are Professor Lisa Jones, Dr Katherine Gordon-Smith and Professor Ian Jones

Amy is very grateful to The Stanley Medical Research Institute for funding her PhD.

Prior to commencing her PhD, Amy worked voluntarily as a Research Assistant at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Birmingham and within the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Birmingham. While volunteering, Amy assisted with projects which aimed to improve the communication skills of clinicians caring for patients with cancer and to improve challenging behaviour in individuals with rare genetic disorders. In 2011, she joined the Mood Disorders Research Group as a Research Assistant at the University of Birmingham.

While working towards her PhD, Amy continues her role as a Research Associate for the Mood Disorders Research Group at the University of Worcester, please click here for her staff webpage (http://www.worcester.ac.uk/discover/amy-perry.html).

Publications

Abu-Akel, A., Clark, J., Perry, A., Wood, S.J., Forty, L., Craddock, N., Jones, I., Gordon-Smith, K and Jones, L. (2017) Autistic and Schizotypal Traits and Global Functioning in Bipolar I Disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 207. pp. 268-275.

Marwaha, S., Gordon-Smith, K., Broome, M., Briley, P.M., Perry, A., Forty, L., Craddock, N., Jones, I. and Jones, L. (2016) Affective Instability, Childhood Trauma and Major Affective Disorders. Journal of Affective Disorders, 190. pp. 764-771

Perry, A., Gordon-Smith, K., Di Florio, A., Forty, L., Craddock, N., Jones, L and Jones, I. (2016) Adverse Childhood Life Events and Postpartum Psychosis in Bipolar Disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 209. pp. 69-72

Jones, L., Metcalf, A., Gordon-Smith, K., Forty, L., Perry, A., Lloyd, J., Geddes, J.R., Goodwin, G.M., Jones, I., Craddock, N. and Rogers, R.D. (2015) Gambling Problems in Bipolar Disorder in the UK: Prevalence and Distribution. British Journal of Psychiatry, 207 (4). pp. 328-333.