Dr Maria Dauvermann BSc, MSc, PhD

Dr Maria Dauvermann

School of Psychology
Lecturer in Youth Mental Health

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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

For a full list of publications, please visit Dr. Dauvermann’s Google Scholar page: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=YQOdgEIAAAAJ&hl=en

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