Dr Ashleigh Lin PhD, MPsych


Research Fellow

School of Psychology

Ashleigh Lin

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Dr Lin works as a research fellow investigating the onset of severe mental illness in adolescents and young adults.


BSc (Hons) Curtin University of Technology, Australia

MPsych (Clinical Neuropsychology), The University of Melbourne, Australia

PhD, The University of Melbourne


Dr Lin completed her PhD research at Orygen Youth Health in Melbourne, a world leader in the early identification, prevention and treatment of serious mental illness in young people. She focused on the neurocognition and functional outcome of youth thought to be at ultra-high risk of developing psychotic disorder. Since April 2011, she has been working at the University of Birmingham.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Lin is available for postgraduate supervision.

PhD students

Germaine Bovell-Pitt – Substance misuse and psychotic experiences in Trinidad and Tobago (co-supervised with Dr Hermine Graham)


Dr Lin conducts research on the onset of serious mental illness in adolescents and young adults. Most of her work is on neurocognition and functional outcome following risk for psychosis. Other research has focused on the extended psychosis continuum, exploring subclinical psychotic experiences in the different populations. She is working on the theoretical development and testing of a clinical staging model of mental illness. Dr Lin has also been involved in research investigating the social and neurologic outcomes of youth with type 1 diabetes.

Other activities

  • Member of the International Early Psychosis Association (IEPA)
  • Member of the Schizophrenia International Research Society (SIRS)


Selected publications

Lin, Yung, Nelson, Brewer, Riley, Simmons, Pantelis, Wood. Neurocognitive predictors of transition to psychosis: medium to long-term findings from a sample at ultra-high risk for psychosis. Psychological Medicine, in press.

Nelson, Yuen, Wood, Lin, Spiliotacopoulos, Bruxner, Broussard, Simmons, Foley, Brewer, Francey, Amminger, Thompson, McGorry, Yung. Long term follow up of a group at ultra high risk ("prodromal") for psychosis: the PACE 400 study. Archives of General Psychiatry, in press.

Lin, Wood, Yung. (2013). Measuring psychosocial outcome is good. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 26(2), 138-143.

Lin, Reniers, Wood. (2013). Clinical staging in severe mental disorders: evidence from neurocognition and neuroimaging. British Journal of Psychiatry, 202:s11-s17.

Wardenaar, Wigman, Lin, Killacky, Collip, Wood, Ryan, Baksheev, Cosgrave, Nelson, Yung. (2013). Development and validation of a new measure of everyday adolescent functioning: the Multidimensional Adolescent Functioning Scale (MAFS). Journal of Adolescent Health, 52(2), 195–200.

Lin, Wigman, Nelson, Wood, Vollebergh, van Os, Yung. (2013) Follow-up factor structure of schizotypy and its clinical associations in a help-seeking sample meeting ultra-high risk for psychosis criteria at baseline. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 54(2), 173–180.

Ratheesh, Lin, Nelson, Wood, Brewer, Berk, McGorry, Yung, Bechdolf. (2012). An exploratory study of neurocognitive functioning in the prodrome of mania. Journal of Affective Disorders, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2012.09.017.

Lin, Nelson, Yung. (2012). Editorial: ‘At-risk’ for psychosis research: where are we heading? Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 21(4), 329-334.

Armando, Vicari, Menghini, Digilio, Pontillo, Saba, Lin, Girardi, Amminger. (2012). Adolescents at ultra-high risk for psychosis with and without 22q11 Deletion Syndrome: a comparison of prodromal psychotic symptoms and general functioning. Schizophrenia Research, 139(1-3), 151-156.

Fontenelle,Lin, Pantelis, Wood, Nelson, Yung. (2012). Markers of vulnerability to obsessive-compulsive disorder in an ultra-high risk sample of patients who developed psychosis. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 6, 201-201.

Lin, Wood, Nelson, Brewer, Spiliotacopoulos, Bruxner, Broussard, Pantelis, Yung. (2011). Neurocognitive predictors of functional outcome two to 13 years after identification as ultra-high risk for psychosis. Schizophrenia Research, 132(1), 1-7.

Lin, Wigman, van Os, Vollebergh, Nelson, Ryan, Baksheev, Raaijmakers, Yung. (2011). The bidirectional and persistence relationship between subclinical positive psychotic experiences and coping in adolescents. Psychological Medicine, 41, 2535-2546.

Wigman, Lin, van Os, Vollebergh, Nelson, Ryan, Baksheev, Raaijmakers, Yung. (2011). The relationship between subclinical psychosis and depression: co-occurring but not predictive phenomena. Schizophrenia Research, 130, 277–281.

Northam, Lin, Finch, Werther, Cameron. (2010). Psychological well-being and functional outcome in youth with type 1 diabetes 12-15 years after disease onset. Diabetes Care, 33, 1430-8.

Lin, Northam, Rankins, Humphreys, Werther, Cameron. (2010). Neuropsychological profiles of young people with type 1 diabetes 12-15 years after disease onset. Pediatric Diabetes, 11, 235-243.

Northam & Lin. (2010) Hypoglycemia in childhood onset type 1 diabetes – part villain, but not the only one. Pediatric Diabetes, 11, 134-41.

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