Dr Amy Perry

Research Associate in Psychological Medicine

Mood Disorders Research Group

Contact Details

email: a.perry@worc.ac.uk

Amy Perry is a Research Associate in Psychological Medicine

She is a member of the Mood Disorders Research Group. The broad aims of the group are to investigate genetic and other factors that may contribute to the aetiology of bipolar disorder and other related mood and psychotic illnesses, such as schizoaffective disorder and postpartum psychosis.

Amy qualified with a first class BSc (Hons) in Psychology from Newman University College in 2009. Following her graduation, Amy worked as a Psychology Assistant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. In this role, she was involved in delivering psychological therapies to individuals living with chronic illness, in addition to working on a research project that aimed to improve the communication skills of clinicians caring for patients with cancer. Later she joined the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Birmingham where she contributed to research that aimed to improve challenging behaviour in individuals with rare genetic disorders, specifically in those with Prader-Willi Syndrome.

In 2011, Amy became a member of the Mood Disorders Research Group in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Birmingham, where she played a key role by interviewing individuals with bipolar disorder about their psychiatric history for research. After developing a keen interest in perinatal psychiatry, she commenced studying for a PhD in January 2014, researching the causes of postpartum psychosis in bipolar disorder.

In October 2015, Amy joined the University of Worcester along with her colleagues Professor Lisa Jones, and Dr Katherine Gordon-Smith.

Qualifications

2019: PhD in Psychological Medicine, University of Worcester

2009 BSc (Hons) Psychology - Newman University College (awarded by the University of Leicester).

Research

In addition to the Mood Disorders Research Group, Amy is also a member of the Bipolar Disorder Research Network (BDRN). BDRN consists of a collaboration between the Mood Disorders Research Group at the University of Worcester and our colleagues at Cardiff University. The overall aim of BDRN is to investigate the genetic and non-genetic determinants of bipolar disorder. So far more than 7000 participants have been recruited to BDRN, which is the largest sample of individuals with bipolar disorder in the world.

As a Research Associate, Amy has interviewed many women with bipolar disorder about their experiences of psychiatric illness following childbirth and became particularly interested in researching the aetiology of postpartum mood disorders. Amy continues to conduct the UKs first prospective study to assess a wide range of risk factors for episodes of postpartum psychosis and postnatal depression in women with bipolar disorder. Women who participate in the research are interviewed during their pregnancy and again following their delivery, which enables the collection of very rich clinical data across the perinatal period. Some of the factors being assessed include sleep loss in the perinatal period, obstetric factors, medications, illness history and stressful life events. For more information about this research please visit the BDRN website.

Teaching

Amy delivers lectures across a range of disciplines, including midwifery, paramedic science and psychology. Amy supervises undergraduate research projects carried out within the Mood Disorders Research Group.

Memberships

2014 International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health

2011 Bipolar Disorder Research Network (BDRN)

2009 British Psychological Society

Publications

Selected publications since 2015

Link to Google Scholar profile page:

https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=wtxUoGcAAAAJ

2020

Perry A, Gordon-Smith K, Di Florio A, Fraser C, Craddock N, Jones L and Jones I. Adverse childhood experiences and postpartum depression in bipolar disorder. (2020) Journal of Affective Disorders, 263: 661-666

Gordon-Smith K, Perry A, Di Florio A, Forty L, Fraser C, Casanova-Dias M, Warne N, MacDonald T, Craddock N, Jones L and Jones I. Symptom profile of postpartum and non-postpartum manic episodes in bipolar I disorder: a within-subjects study (2020). Psychiatry Research, 284

2019

The Bipolar Disorder Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium. Genome-wide association study identifies 30 loci associated with bipolar disorder. (2019) Nature Genetics, 51: 793-803

Perry A, Gordon-Smith K, Webb I, Fone E, Di Florio A, Craddock N, Jones I and Jones L. (2019) Postpartum psychosis in bipolar disorder: no evidence of association with personality traits, cognitive style or affective temperaments. BMC Psychiatry, 19 (1): 395

2018

Di Florio A, Gordon-Smith K, Forty L, Kosorok MR, Fraser C, Perry A, Bethell A, Carddock N, Jones L and Jones I. Stratification of the risk of bipolar disorder recurrences in pregnancy and postpartum. (2018) British Journal of Psychiatry, 213(3): 542-547

Lewis KJS, Di Florio A, Forty L, Gordon-Smith K, Perry A, Cradock N, Jones L and Jones I. Mania triggered by sleep loss and risk of postpartum psychosis in women with bipolar disorder (2018) Journal of Affective Disorders, 225: 624-629

2017

Perry A, Gordon-Smith K, Jones L and Jones I. A visual timeline tool for tracking mood and medication perinatally in affective disorders (2017) Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 20(5): 709-710

2016

Perry A, Gordon-Smith K, Di Florio A, Forty L, Craddock N, Jones L and Jones I. Adverse Childhood Life Events and Postpartum Psychosis in Bipolar Disorder (2016). Journal of Affective Disorders, 205: 69-72

2015

Jones L, Metcalf A, Gordon-Smith K, Forty L, Perry A, Lloyd J, Geddes JR, Goodwin G.M, Jones I, Craddock N and Rogers, RD (2015) The prevalence and distribution of gambling problems in bipolar disorder in the United Kingdom. British Journal of Psychiatry 207:328-33.

 

External responsibilities

Amy has presented her research at numerous national and international conferences. She regularly presents research findings and updates at research meetings to healthcare professionals and patient support groups.