Dr Maria Dauvermann BSc, MSc, PhD

Dr Maria Dauvermann

School of Psychology
Assistant Professor in Youth Mental Health

Contact details

Address
School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

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 neurobiological, psychological and psychosocial factors to better understand how youth vulnerability can influence and be influenced by neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions.

Qualifications

BSc. Psychology

MSc. Cognitive Neuroscience

PhD. Psychiatry and Neuroimaging

Biography

Dr Dauvermann received her PhD in Psychiatry and Neuroimaging from the University of Edinburgh, where she worked on neurobiological markers of Glutamate and brain circuitries in individuals at high risk of schizophrenia. She undertook postdoctoral training at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), pursuing parallel translational stress research in post-traumatic stress disorder by combining behavioural and cognitive neuroscience. Then she advanced her interdisciplinary research in individuals with schizophrenia as the Project Lead of a nation-wide European Research Council – funded study in Ireland. Dr Dauvermann subsequently worked on neurobiological alterations that may be underlying youth suicidal thoughts and behaviours (University of Cambridge) and autism spectrum disorders (King’s College London) before she joined the Institute for Mental Health and School of Psychology as Lecturer at Birmingham. She also held an honorary position at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT, and is currently a Research Affiliate at the Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr. Dauvermann is interested to hear from potential MSc and PhD students to discuss projects and/or funding possibilities. Please send her an email with CV and reason(s) for interest (m.dauvermann@bham.ac.uk).

Research

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 neurobiological, psychological and psychosocial factors to better understand how youth vulnerability can influence and is influenced by neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions. In particular, her research seeks to better understand how the interplay between brain alterations, behavioural and clinical symptoms, and environmental factors (for example, stress and trauma) during childhood and adolescence affects developmental processes that lead to enhanced risk of developing mental health conditions in adolescence and early adulthood. Increasing insight into these complex mechanisms is crucial for optimised identification of the onset of mental health conditions in vulnerable young people. Dr Dauvermann’s overall goal is to gain a better understanding of the integrative role of neurobiological, psychological and environmental factors in forming young peoples’ development, and to contribute to designing intervention and prevention programmes and policies.

Keywords: Neuroimaging and neurocognitive markers of mental health and functional outcome, adolescent development (brain and cognitive development), high risk populations, psychosis, autism spectrum disorders, suicidal thoughts and behaviours

ORCID, 0000-0002-2873-8512, https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2873-8512 

Scopus, 36080415400, https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=36080415400

Other activities

  • Schizophrenia International Research Society (SIRS); Programme Committee Member 2022 -
  • Society of Biological Psychiatry (SOBP); Travel Fellowship Awards Committee Member 2021 -

Publications

Highlight publications

IMPACT Consortium 2023, 'Elevated cognitive rumination and adverse life events are associated with lower cortical surface area and suicidal ideation in adolescents with major depressive disorder', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 325, pp. 93-101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2022.12.087

Dauvermann, MR, Mothersill, D, Rokita, KI, King, S, Holleran, L, Kane, R, McKernan, DP, Kelly, JP, Morris, DW, Corvin, A, Hallahan, B, McDonald, C & Donohoe, G 2021, 'Changes in default-mode network associated with childhood trauma in schizophrenia', Schizophrenia bulletin, vol. 47, no. 5, pp. 1482-1494. https://doi.org/10.1093/schbul/sbab025

Quidé, Y, Tozzi, L, Corcoran, M, Cannon, DM & Dauvermann, MR 2020, 'The impact of childhood trauma on developing bipolar disorder: current understanding and ensuring continued progress', Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, vol. 16, pp. 3095-3115. https://doi.org/10.2147/NDT.S285540

Corcoran, M, Hawkins, EL, O'Hora, D, Whalley, HC, Hall, J, Lawrie, SM & Dauvermann, MR 2020, 'Are working memory and glutamate concentrations involved in early-life stress and severity of psychosis?', Brain and Behavior, vol. 10, no. 6, e01616. https://doi.org/10.1002/brb3.1616

Dauvermann, MR, Lee, G & Dawson, N 2017, 'Glutamatergic regulation of cognition and functional brain connectivity: insights from pharmacological, genetic and translational schizophrenia research', British Journal of Pharmacology, vol. 174, no. 19, pp. 3136-3160. https://doi.org/10.1111/bph.13919, https://doi.org/10.1111/bph.13919

Recent publications

Article

Allott, K, Chopra, S, Rogers, J, Dauvermann, MR & Clark, SR 2024, 'Advancing understanding of the mechanisms of antipsychotic-associated cognitive impairment to minimise harm: a call to action', Molecular Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41380-024-02503-x

Dauvermann, MR, Costello, L, Tronchin, G, Holleran, L, Mothersill, D, Rokita, KI, Kane, R, Hallahan, B, Corvin, A, Morris, D, McKernan, DP, Kelly, J, McDonald, C, Donohoe, G & Cannon, DM 2023, 'Childhood trauma is associated with altered white matter microstructural organization in schizophrenia', Psychiatry Research Neuroimaging, vol. 330, 111616. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pscychresns.2023.111616

Campos, AI, Van Velzen, LS, Veltman, DJ, Pozzi, E, Ambrogi, S, Ballard, ED, Banaj, N, Başgöze, Z, Bellow, S, Benedetti, F, Bollettini, I, Brosch, K, Canales-Rodríguez, EJ, Clarke-Rubright, EK, Colic, L, Connolly, CG, Courtet, P, Cullen, KR, Dannlowski, U, Dauvermann, MR, Davey, CG, Deverdun, J, Dohm, K, Erwin-Grabner, T, Goya-Maldonado, R, Fani, N, Fortea, L, Fuentes-Claramonte, P, Gonul, AS, Gotlib, IH, Grotegerd, D, Harris, MA, Harrison, BJ, Haswell, CC, Hawkins, EL, Hill, D, Hirano, Y, Ho, TC, Jollant, F, Jovanovic, T, Kircher, T, Klimes-Dougan, B, le Bars, E, Lochner, C, McIntosh, AM, Meinert, S, Mekawi, Y, Melloni, E, Mitchell, P, Morey, RA, Nakagawa, A, Nenadić, I, Olié, E, Pereira, F, Phillips, RD, Piras, F, Poletti, S, Pomarol-Clotet, E, Radua, J, Ressler, KJ, Roberts, G, Rodriguez-Cano, E, Sacchet, MD, Salvador, R, Sandu, A-L, Shimizu, E, Singh, A, Spalletta, G, Steele, JD, Stein, DJ, Stein, F, Stevens, JS, Teresi, GI, Uyar-Demir, A, van der Wee, NJ, van der Werff, SJ, van Rooij, SJH, Vecchio, D, Verdolini, N, Vieta, E, Waiter, GD, Whalley, H, Whittle, SL, Yang, TT, Zarate, CA, Thompson, PM, Jahanshad, N, van Harmelen, A-L, Blumberg, HP, Schmaal, L & Rentería, ME 2023, 'Concurrent validity and reliability of suicide risk assessment instruments: A meta-analysis of 20 instruments across 27 international cohorts', Neuropsychology, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 315-329. https://doi.org/10.1037/neu0000850

Costello, L, Dauvermann, MR, Tronchin, G, Holleran, L, Mothersill, D, Rokita, KI, Kane, R, Hallahan, B, Corvin, A, Morris, D, McKernan, DP, Kelly, J, McDonald, C, Donohoe, G & Cannon, DM 2023, 'Corrigendum to 'Childhood trauma is associated with altered white matter microstructural organization in schizophrenia' Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 330 (2023) 111616', Psychiatry Research Neuroimaging, vol. 332, 111639. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pscychresns.2023.111639

Colic, L, Villa, LM, Dauvermann, MR, van Velzen, LS, Sankar, A, Goldman, DA, Panchal, P, Kim, JA, Quatrano, S, Spencer, L, Constable, RT, Suckling, J, Goodyer, IM, Schmaal, L, van Harmelen, A-L & Blumberg, HP 2022, 'Brain grey and white matter structural associations with future suicidal ideation and behaviors in adolescent and young adult females with mood disorders', JCPP Advances, vol. 2, no. 4, e12118. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcv2.12118

Nabulsi, L, Farrell , J, McPhilemy, G, Kilmartin, L, Dauvermann, M, Akudjedu, T, Najt, P, Ambati, S, Martyn, F, McLoughlin, J, Gill, M, Meaney, J, Morris, DW, Frodl, T, McDonald, C, Hallahan, B & Cannon, DM 2022, 'Normalization of impaired emotion inhibition in bipolar disorder mediated by cholinergic neurotransmission in the cingulate cortex', Neuropsychopharmacology, vol. 47, no. 9, pp. 1643-1651. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41386-022-01268-7

ENIGMA Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviours Consortium 2022, 'Structural brain alterations associated with suicidal thoughts and behaviors in young people: results from 21 international studies from the ENIGMA Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviours consortium', Molecular Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41380-022-01734-0

Rokita, KI, Dauvermann, MR, Mothersill, D, Holleran, L, Holland, J, Costello, L, Cullen, C, Kane, R, McKernan, D, Morris, DW, Kelly, J, Gill, M, Corvin, A, Hallahan, B, McDonald, C & Donohoe, G 2021, 'Childhood trauma, parental bonding, and social cognition in patients with schizophrenia and healthy adults', Journal of Clinical Psychology, vol. 77, no. 1, pp. 241-253. https://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.23023

Rokita, KI, Dauvermann, MR, Mothersill, D, Holleran, L, Bhatnagar, P, McNicholas, Á, McKernan, D, Morris, DW, Kelly, J, Hallahan, B, McDonald, C & Donohoe, G 2021, 'Current psychosocial stress, childhood trauma and cognition in patients with schizophrenia and healthy participants', Schizophrenia Research, vol. 237, pp. 115-121. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.schres.2021.08.030

Siegel-Ramsay, JE, Romaniuk, L, Whalley, HC, Roberts, N, Branigan, H, Stanfield, AC, Lawrie, SM & Dauvermann, MR 2021, 'Glutamate and functional connectivity - support for the excitatory-inhibitory imbalance hypothesis in autism spectrum disorders', Psychiatry Research - Neuroimaging, vol. 313, 111302. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pscychresns.2021.111302

Mothersill, D, King, S, Holleran, L, Dauvermann, M, Patlola, S, Rokita, KI, McManus, R, Kenyon, M, McDonald, C, Hallahan, B, Corvin, A, Morris, DW, Kelly, JP, McKernan, D & Donohoe, G 2021, 'Interleukin 6 predicts increased neural response during face processing in a sample of individuals with schizophrenia and healthy participants: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study', NeuroImage: Clinical, vol. 32, 102851. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nicl.2021.102851

Smith, AJ, Moreno-López, L, Davidson, E, Dauvermann, M, Orellana, S, Soneson, E, Ioannidis, K, Kaser, M & Van Harmelen, AL 2021, 'REACT study protocol: resilience after the COVID-19 threat (REACT) in adolescents', BMJ open, vol. 11, no. 1, e042824. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-042824

Editorial

Helpman, L, Lassri, D, Zsido, RG, Monk, C & Dauvermann, MR 2023, 'Editorial: Pathways of risk, resilience, and recovery: impact of stress and trauma on women and girls', Frontiers in Psychiatry, vol. 14, 1290535. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2023.1290535

Other contribution

Reniers, R, Campbell, N, Mitchell, L, Saunders, C, Singh, H, Tresadern, C, Zaidi, F & Dauvermann, M 2023, Checklist for co-creating safe spaces with young people participating in research. University of Birmingham.

Preprint

Campos, AI, Velzen, LSV, Veltman, DJ, Pozzi, E, Ambrogi, S, Ballard, ED, Banaj, N, Basgoze, Z, Bellow, S, Benedetti, F, Bollettini, I, Brosch, K, Canales-Rodriguez, EJ, Clarke-Rubright, EK, Colic, L, Connolly, CG, Courtet, P, Cullen, KR, Dannlowski, U, Dauvermann, MR, Davey, CG, Deverdun, J, Dohm, K, Erwin-Grabner, T, Fani, N, Fortea, L, Fuentes-Claramonte, P, Gonul, AS, Gotlib, IH, Grotegerd, D, Harris, MA, Harrison, BJ, Haswell, CC, Hawkins, EL, Hill, D, Hirano, Y, Ho, TC, Jollant, F, Jovanovic, T & Kircher, T 2021 'Concurrent validity and reliability of suicide risk assessment instruments: A meta analysis of 20 instruments across 27 international cohorts' medRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.09.15.21263562

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