Research Associate in Psychological Medicine
Mood Disorders Research Group
Amy Perry is a Research Associate in Psychological Medicine in the Institute of Health & Society.
Amy 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 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 where 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 for research into the causes of mood disorders. After developing a keen interest in perinatal psychiatry, she commenced studying for a PhD in January 2014.
In October 2015, Amy joined the University of Worcester along with her colleagues Professor Lisa Jones, Dr Katherine Gordon-Smith and Sarah Knott.
Currently undertaking a PhD in Psychological Medicine.
2009 BSc (Hons) Psychology - Newman University College (awarded by the University of Leicester)
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 over 6100 participants have been recruited to BDRN, which is the largest sample of individuals with bipolar disorder in the world!
As a Research Assistant, Amy interviewed many women with bipolar disorder about their experiences of psychiatric illness following childbirth and became particularly interested in the aetiology of postpartum mood disorders. She is currently conducting the UKs first prospective follow-up 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 being interviewed during their pregnancy and again following their delivery, which enables the collection of very rich clinical data across the perinatal period. Amy will analyse some of this data for her PhD and just 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.
While at the University of Birmingham, Amy enjoyed the opportunity to deliver lectures and small group teaching sessions to medical students. She also provided technical support to students performing statistical analysis on clinical data and would regularly involve students in research visits with participants to further encourage and inspire an interest in research.
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.
Perry A, Di-Florio A, Gordon-Smith K, Forty L, Pariante C, Craddock N, Jones L. and Jones I. (2015). Adverse childhood life events and postpartum mood episodes among women with bipolar disorder. In:The International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health Biennial Scientific Conference, Swansea University, Swansea, UK, September 2014. Archives of Women's Mental Health, 18 (2): 269-408
Perry A, Di-Florio A, Gordon-Smith K, Forty L, Pariante C, Craddock N, Jones L and Jones I. (2015) Adverse childhood life events and postpartum mood episodes among women with bipolar disorder. Poster presentation at The British Association for Psychopharmocology Summer Meeting, Bristol University, UK, July 2015.
Perry A, Di-Florio A, Gordon-Smith K, Forty L, Pariante C, Craddock N, Jones L and Jones I. (2015) Adverse childhood life events and postpartum mood episodes among women with bipolar disorder. Oral presentation at The International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health Biennial Scientific Conference, Swansea University, UK, September 2014.
Amy Perry, Amy Green, Amie Shoebotham, Bethan Flynn, Katherine Gordon-Smith, Lisa Jones & the Bipolar Disorder Research Network (BDRN) (2012) Molecular Investigation of Bipolar Disorder: Recruitment and Data Collection. Poster presentation at The Mental Health Research Network (MHRN) National Scientific Meeting, Birmingham, UK, April 2012.