Researchers at the Institute for Mental Health

Director of the Institute for Mental Health

Professor Matthew Broome

Professor Matthew Broome BSc (Hons), MBChB (Hons), PGCAP, PhD, PhD, FRCPsych

Director of the Institute for Mental Health
Professor of Psychiatry and Youth Mental Health

School of Psychology

Matthew is an academic psychiatrist and Director of the Institute for Mental Health at the University.  He is a leader in the field of early psychosis and in the philosophy and ethics of mental health.

Telephone
01214147197

Email
m.r.broome@bham.ac.uk

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Members of the Institute for Mental Health

Dr Sally Adams

Dr Sally Adams

Associate Professor
MSc Mental Health Programme Lead

School of Psychology

Sally is a teaching focused associate professor with a passion for enhancing the student learning experience. Her research interests are in the areas of alcohol use and hangover, harm reduction, recovery and sobriety.  

Email
s.adams.2@bham.ac.uk

Professor Hareth Al-Janabi

Professor Hareth Al-Janabi

Professor of Health Economics
Head of Health Economics Unit

Institute of Applied Health Research

Hareth is a Professor of Health Economics, with a track record of innovation in health economics, and current interest in studying real-world resource allocation decisions. He has experience across a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methods.  Hareth is head of the Health Economics Unit, Associate Editor for Social Science and Medicine, and sits on the shortlisting panel for ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8483
Email
h.aljanabi@bham.ac.uk

Dr Matthew Apps

Dr Matthew Apps

Senior Research Fellow (≈Associate Professor) / BBSRC David Phillips Fellow

School of Psychology

Dr. Apps is a leading expert in the computational, cognitive and neural basis of motivation and social behaviour. More info about the labs work can be found here: www.MSN-lab.com

Email
m.a.j.apps@bham.ac.uk

Professor Lisa Bortolotti

Professor Lisa Bortolotti

Professor of Philosophy

Department of Philosophy

I am a philosopher of the cognitive sciences, focusing on the philosophy of psychology and psychiatry. I am also interested in some issues in biomedical ethics. I am the Editor in Chief of Philosophical Psychology.

My main interests lie in the strengths and limitations of human cognition and agency, investigating faulty reasoning and irrational beliefs, delusions, confabulations, distorted ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 41 47045
Email
l.bortolotti@bham.ac.uk

Dr Stephanie Burnett Heyes

Dr Stephanie Burnett Heyes

Assistant Professor

School of Psychology

Dr Stephanie Burnett Heyes is a developmental psychologist with expertise in adolescent and young adult social cognition, emotion, decision-making and mental health/wellbeing. 

Email
s.burnettheyes@bham.ac.uk

Dr Joht Singh Chandan

Dr Joht Singh Chandan

Clinical Associate Professor in Public Health

Institute of Applied Health Research

Dr Chandan is a Clinical Associate Professor in Public Health at the University of Birmingham. His primary research focuses on identifying and addressing health inequalities, supported through novel data science approaches. He has expertise in population health data science, data linkage and medical education.

To date, Joht has spent considerable time working on designing and delivering a public ...

Email
j.s.chandan.1@bham.ac.uk

Professor Alex Copello

Professor Alex Copello

Honorary Professor of Addiction Research/Consultant Clinical Psychologist

School of Psychology

Professor Copello's research has led to major impacts on addiction treatment in the UK in recent years. He was Principal Investigator in the MRC funded UK Alcohol Treatment Trial, the largest trial of alcohol treatments conducted in the UK that informs effective and cost effective delivery of psychosocial interventions for alcohol problems. He led the development of a social and family ...

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 7414
Email
a.g.copello@bham.ac.uk

Professor Jennifer Cumming

Professor Jennifer Cumming

Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Professor Jennifer Cumming is a community-based researcher with expertise in sport and exercise psychology.  She works collaboratively with clubs, organisations, and services in innovative and creative ways to develop and/or evaluate psychosocial interventions for improving performance, personal development, health, and well-being. 

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 2877
Email
j.cumming@bham.ac.uk

Dr Maria Dauvermann

Dr Maria Dauvermann

Assistant Professor in Youth Mental Health

School of Psychology

Dr Dauvermann’s research focusses on the identification of risk and resilience markers in young people who are at high risk of developing neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions, and is also interested in the characterisation of biopsychosocial prognostic markers of clinical and functional outcome. She uses cognitive neuroscientific and interdisciplinary methods to integrate ...

Email
m.dauvermann@bham.ac.uk

Dr Ed Day

Dr Ed Day

Clinical Reader
Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist
Institute for Mental Health

School of Psychology

Dr Ed Day is a Psychiatrist who combines clinical work in the NHS with research and teaching. He specializes in the treatment of drug and alcohol use disorders, and his research focuses on testing novel pharmacological and psychosocial interventions. He was appointed the National Recovery Champion by the Home Office in May 2019.

Learn more

Email
e.j.day@bham.ac.uk

Dr Stephane De Brito

Dr Stephane De Brito

Associate Professor

School of Psychology

Dr De Brito is a psychologist and director of the Social, Cognitive, Affective, and Neuroscience (SCAN) lab. Research in the SCAN lab focuses on understanding the mechanistic interplay between the social, cognitive, affective, and neurocognitive factors implicated in the development and persistence of antisocial and aggressive behaviour. A second strand of research examines those aspects among ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 2641
Email
s.a.debrito@bham.ac.uk

Professor Joan Duda

Professor Joan Duda

Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Professor Duda is internationally known for her expertise on motivational processes and determinants of adherence and optimal functioning in sport, exercise, and dance. She is an experienced mental skills consultant, working with athletes, coaches/instructors, and other performers at all levels. Joan is Director of a large multi-national EC-funded project which aims to promote quality ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 2737
Email
j.l.duda@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sarah-Jane Hannah Fenton

Dr Sarah-Jane Hannah Fenton

Lecturer in Mental Health Policy

Health Services Management Centre

Dr Sarah-Jane Fenton is a Lecturer in Mental Health Policy based in the Health Services Management Centre and the Institute for Mental Health (IMH).

The Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) at the University of Birmingham is one of the UK's foremost centres for research, evaluation, teaching and professional development for health and social care organisations. The Institute for Mental ...

Email
s.h.fenton@bham.ac.uk

Dr Victoria Goodyear

Dr Victoria Goodyear

Associate Professor in Pedagogy in Sport, Physical Activity and Health

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Victoria is a pedagogical researcher in sport, physical activity and health. Her main research area focuses on social media/digital technologies and young people’s health and wellbeing, and she is interested in the professional learning needs of teachers/coaches.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4874
Email
v.a.goodyear@bham.ac.uk

Dr Siân Lowri Griffiths

Dr Siân Lowri Griffiths

Research Fellow

School of Psychology

Dr Griffiths is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working with Professor Rachel Upthegrove on the Psychosis Immune Mechanism Stratified Medicine Study (PIMS) and the NIHR ADePP trial. She has extensive experience of working on clinical trials and observational studies within the area of psychosis and youth mental health. 

Dr Griffiths is interested in heterogeneity in treatment outcomes and ...

Email
s.l.griffiths@bham.ac.uk

Dr Nutmeg Hallett

Dr Nutmeg Hallett

Associate Professor of Mental Health Nursing

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Dr Nutmeg Hallett is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and Associate Professor in Nursing. Nutmeg teaches on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate mental health nursing and research modules. Her specialist areas of teaching are de-escalation, coercion and trauma in mental health. Nutmeg’s PhD investigated violence prevention in secure mental health settings and her current ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8434
Email
n.n.hallett@bham.ac.uk

Dr Gerald Jordan

Dr Gerald Jordan

Assistant Professor

School of Psychology

Dr. Gerald Jordan’s programme of research examines how young people  transform their lives and communities following a serious mental health challenge; and how such transformations are shaped by personal, social and community-level determinants of health and resilience that are, due to issues of intergenerational injustice, increasingly becoming difficult to access . He conducts his ...

Email
g.jordan@bham.ac.uk

Dr Anna Lavis

Dr Anna Lavis

Associate Professor in Medical Anthropology

Institute of Applied Health Research

Anna Lavis is an Associate Professor in Medical Anthropology in the Institute of Applied Health Research, and the Institute for Mental Health

In a range of collaborations across academic, policy and clinical interfaces, her work has two core focuses:

  1. Anna leads a programme of research into social media and health, with a particular focus on mental health. She directs the Social Media ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 9069
Email
a.c.lavis@bham.ac.uk

Dr Patricia Lockwood

Dr Patricia Lockwood

Associate Professor and Sir Henry Dale Fellow

School of Psychology

Dr. Patricia Lockwood is a cognitive and social neuroscientist. She is head of the Social Decision Neuroscience Lab. Her work focuses on the neurocognitive foundations of social learning and decision-making across the lifespan and in psychiatric and neurological disorders.

Email
p.l.lockwood@bham.ac.uk

Dr Ifigeneia Manitsa

Dr Ifigeneia Manitsa

Research Fellow in Youth Mental Health

School of Psychology

Dr Ifigeneia Manitsa is a Research Fellow in Youth Mental Health at the Institute for Mental Health. Her research expertise lies in the socio-emotional development and educational inclusion of adolescents with vision impairment. Her research has received funding from the Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust, Kingston University, Sight for Surrey, and the National Lottery Community Fund.

Email
i.manitsa@bham.ac.uk

Professor Steven Marwaha

Professor Steven Marwaha

Clinical Professorial Fellow
Institute for Mental Health

School of Psychology

Steven Marwaha is an academic Psychiatrist whose main interest is in early intervention and mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder and depression. His work focusses on pathways to illness and care, and ways of improving the clinical outcomes of this group using both pharmacological and psychological interventions. As a Consultant Psychiatrist he runs the Specialist Mood Disorders Clinic in ...

Telephone
0121 414 3665
Email
s.marwaha@bham.ac.uk

Professor Elizabeth McDermott

Professor Elizabeth McDermott

Professor of Mental Health & Society

School of Social Policy

Elizabeth McDermott, MSc, PhD, is a public mental health interdisciplinary researcher, working in the fields of mental health inequalities, public health and health services research. She specialises in the mental health of LGBTQ+ populations and theory-led mixed methods research.

Professor McDermott is committed to theoretically-informed empirical work that aims to better understand how to ...

Email
e.mcdermott.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr Maria Michail

Dr Maria Michail

Associate Professor
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow

School of Psychology

Dr Michail is a leading expert in the field of self-harm and suicide prevention. She has been awarded a 3-year Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship to explore how systems modelling and simulation can inform strategic decision making for suicide prevention in young people aged 12-25. Dr Michail is the Co-Chair of the International Association for Suicide Prevention Special Interest Group ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6795
Email
m.michail@bham.ac.uk

Dr Isabel Morales-Muñoz

Dr Isabel Morales-Muñoz

Assistant Professor in Psychology
Institute for Mental Health

Dr Isabel Morales-Muñoz is Assistant Professor in Psychology based at the Institute for Mental Health, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham. Her main area of research is to investigate risk factors for youth mental health, with a special focus on investigating the role of sleep problems in the development of mental health problems. Her current work is mainly focused on secondary ...

Email
i.morales-munoz@bham.ac.uk

Professor Jessica Pykett

Professor Jessica Pykett

Professor of Social and Political Geography

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Jessica Pykett is a social and political geographer with research interests in governance, knowledge practices, policy innovation and political subjectivities.  Her research has focused on affective and emotional techniques of governance, and the influence of neuroscience and behavioural science on public policy and economic theory. Current work is on the intersections of neuroscience and ...

Email
j.pykett@bham.ac.uk

Dr Renate Reniers

Dr Renate Reniers

Lecturer in Psychiatry
In affiliation with the Institute for Mental Health and the Centre for Human Brain Health

Institute of Clinical Sciences

Dr Reniers is a research psychologist investigating the interplay between neurobiological, clinical and behavioural aspects of adolescent development and youth mental health. Her research involves the transition from health to disease, with a particular interest in emerging mental health problems (psychosis), neuroimaging (MRI and fMRI), social cognition (empathy, psychosocial functioning), ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 301 2361
Email
r.l.e.p.reniers@bham.ac.uk

Professor Caroline Richards

Professor Caroline Richards

Professor of Neurodevelopmental Conditions
Deputy Head of Education

School of Psychology

The aim of Professor Richards’ research is to reduce negative clinical outcomes for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. Her work with children with autism and children with rare genetic syndromes has thus far focused on reducing self-injury, improving sleep disorders and understanding the impact of premature birth. Her research uses experimental, epidemiological, single case and ...

Telephone
0121 4158098
Email
c.r.richards@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jack Rogers

Dr Jack Rogers

Assistant Professor in Psychology and Youth Mental Health

School of Psychology

Dr Rogers is a Assistant Professor in Psychology and Youth Mental Health based within the Institute for Mental Health, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham. His work uses different scientific methods such as clinical assessment, neuropsychological testing and neuroimaging techniques to better understand how brain maturation promotes normal cognitive development, and what causes this ...

Telephone
+44(0) 121 4144896
Email
j.rogers@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sophie Sowden-Carvalho

Dr Sophie Sowden-Carvalho

Assistant Professor in Psychology

School of Psychology

Dr Sophie Sowden-Carvalho is an experimental psychologist and director of the U21 Autism Research Network. She is interested in social cognition across the lifespan as well as in a range of clinical conditions including autism, conduct disorder and Parkinson’s Disease, and takes a cross-cultural approach to her research.

To read more about Dr Sowden-Carvalho’s research, visit her lab ...

Telephone
0121 678 1000
Email
s.l.sowden@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrew Surtees

Dr Andrew Surtees

Associate Professor in Psychology

School of Psychology

Dr Andrew Surtees is an expert in social cognition, autism and mental health.  He combines cutting-edge research on social understanding in typical and atypical populations with practice as a Clinical Psychologist.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4934
Email
a.surtees@bham.ac.uk

Professor Jerry Tew

Professor Jerry Tew

Professor of Mental Health and Social Work

Department of Social Work and Social Care

Jerry is currently leading national research for the Department of Health Policy Research Programme to explore how Local Authorities (and their partners) are responding to the challenge, embedded in the Care Act, to build capacity so as to ‘prevent, reduce or delay’ the need for social care services. He is also co-investigator in the ODESSI trial led by Prof Stephen Pilling at ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 3640
Email
j.j.c.tew@bham.ac.uk

Professor Rachel Upthegrove

Professor Rachel Upthegrove

Professor of Psychiatry and Youth Mental Health
Consultant Psychiatrist Early Intervention in Psychosis

School of Psychology

Rachel is Professor of Psychiatry and Youth Mental Health at the University of Birmingham, and Consultant Psychiatrist in the Birmingham Early Intervention Services. Her research Interest is within the field of major mental illness; particularly schizophrenia and co-morbid depression in early phases of illness. Recent projects have developed the investigation of inflammatory models of psychosis ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6241
Email
r.upthegrove@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sarah Williams

Dr Sarah Williams

Sports Participation to Performance Deputy Theme Lead
Lecturer in Sport Psychology and Coaching Science

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Sarah is internationally known for her work in imagery to enhance performance and wellbeing. She has published over 30 papers related to imagery ability and imagery use. She has a particular interest and focus in using mental imagery to elicit more facilitative appraisals and responses to stress.

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 415 8187
Email
s.e.williams@bham.ac.uk

Dr Kate Woodcock

Dr Kate Woodcock

Reader in Applied Clinical Psychology
Lead of People and Culture for the School of Psychology

School of Psychology

Dr Kate Woodcock’s research interests can be summarised as aiming to investigate and explain human behaviour by considering multiple potential influences at different levels of explanation. For example, people’s genes, their brain structure, their brain functioning, cognitive, physiological and emotional functioning can all affect people’s behaviour both individually and in an ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6036
Email
k.a.woodcock@bham.ac.uk

Dr Rebecca Wynter

Dr Rebecca Wynter

Honorary Research Fellow

Institute of Applied Health Research

Rebecca is an Honorary Research Fellow for the four-year AHRC-funded project, ‘Forged by Fire: Burns Injuries and Identity in Britain, c.1800-2000’.

Rebecca is a historian of medicine and of Quakers. Her research and publications centre on the history of psychiatry, mental health, neurosurgery, neurodiversity, and First World War medicine and disability. She has worked with ...

Telephone
+44 0121 414 2921
Email
r.i.wynter@bham.ac.uk

Dr Lei Zhang

Dr Lei Zhang

Associate Professor
Director of Postgraduate Research

School of Psychology

Dr. Lei Zhang is a cognitive computational neuroscientist. He directs the Adaptive Learning Psychology and Neuroscience Lab, ALP(e)N Lab, which addresses the fundamental question of the “adaptive brain” by studying the cognitive, computational, and neurobiological basis of (social) learning and decision-making in health and disease (i.e. Computational Psychiatry).

Email
l.zhang.13@bham.ac.uk

Professional Services Staff

Mrs Tracey Hill

IMH Operations Officer

School of Psychology

Tracey has been at the University of Birmingham since November 2007 and joined the IMH in January 2024.  Tracey is part of the Professional Services Team and she plays a central role in supporting the Director in the day-to-day management of the Institute focussing on Operational, Finance and Strategic Support as well as Marketing & Communications.  

Telephone
01214143978

Email
t.hill.1@bham.ac.uk




Mr Niyah Campbell

Youth Involvement Co-Lead

School of Psychology

Within his role, Niyah works to support the meaningful involvement of young experts by experience in the design and delivery of mental health research.

Telephone
01214144917

Email
n.campbell@bham.ac.uk



Niyah Campbell Portrait Photo