Professor Steven Marwaha


School of Psychology
Clinical Professorial Fellow
Institute for Mental Health

Contact details

52 Pritchatts Road
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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 Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust.

  • Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist: Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust
  • IMH Postgraduate Research Lead
  • University of Birmingham Integrated Academic Training Psychiatry Lead
  • CRN: West Midlands Clinical Research Speciality Lead for Mental Health
  • Bipolar UK Commissioner (further information)


BA (Hons), MBBS (Lond), MRCPsych, MA (Cantab), MSc, Phd


Steven read Medicine and Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and qualified as a medical doctor at University College London (UCL) completing his post graduate Psychiatry training there.  He was a Clinical Lecturer in Social and Community Psychiatry at UCL before moving to be a Senior Lecturer and then Reader at the University of Warwick. He took up his current post in 2018.

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD Supervision

Buse Durdurak: Similarities and differences in emerging bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder

Nada Altaweel: Psychological risk factors for relapse in major depressive disorder

Peter Rush: Pharmacological treatment of affective instability transdiagnostically across mental disorders.

Tuba Kurt: Examining the different rates of depression in children and young people

Those wishing to apply to work with Prof Marwaha are encouraged to contact him directly by email.


Current research projects:

Mental Health Productivity Pilot 

The Mental Health and Productivity Programme (MHPP) is collaborating across a range of diverse partners to provide an evidence informed, cost effective and sustainable resource that supports good mental health at work, reduces stigma and will ultimately increase productivity.


The clinical and cost-effectiveness of Stimulant compared with Non-stimulant medication for adults with Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder and a history of Psychosis or biPolar disordER: SNAPPER

CRIB2 Trial

Cognitive Remediation in Bipolar (CRiB2): a randomised trial assessing efficacy and mechanisms of cognitive remediation therapy compared to treatment as usual.

Community Navigator Trial

Randomised controlled trial of the Community Navigator programme to reduce loneliness and depression for adults with treatment resistant depression in secondary mental health services.

The TLC Study

Therapies for Long COVID in non-hospitalised individuals: the TLC Study

Research interests:

  • Bi-polar disorder
  • Depression
  • Mood instability 
  • Early Intervention


Recent publications


Manitsa, I, Gregory, AM, Broome, MR, Bagshaw, AP, Marwaha, S & Morales‐Muñoz, I 2024, 'Shorter night‐time sleep duration and later sleep timing from infancy to adolescence', Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Prudenzi, A, Gill, K, MacArthur, M, Hastings, O, Moukhtarian, T, Jadhakhan, F, Patel, K, Kershaw, C, Norton-Brown, E, Johnston, N, Daly, G, Russell, S, Thomson, L, Munir, F, Blake, H, Meyer, C & Marwaha, S 2024, 'Supporting employers and their employees with mental hEalth conditions to remain eNgaged and producTive at wORk (MENTOR): A feasibility randomised controlled trial', Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, vol. 31, 100720.

Tsapekos, D, Strawbridge, R, Cella, M, Goldsmith, K, Kalfas, M, Taylor, RH, Swidzinski, S, Marwaha, S, Grey, L, Newton, E, Shackleton, J, Harrison, PJ, Browning, M, Harmer, C, Hartland, H, Cousins, D, Barton, S, Wykes, T & Young, AH 2023, 'Cognitive Remediation in Bipolar (CRiB2): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial assessing efficacy and mechanisms of cognitive remediation therapy compared to treatment as usual', BMC Psychiatry, vol. 23, no. 1, 842.

Thomson, L, Hassard, J, Frost, A, Bartle, C, Yarker, J, Munir, F, Kneller, R, Marwaha, S, Daly, G, Russell, S, Meyer, C, Vaughan, B, Newman, K & Blake, H 2023, 'Digital Training Program for Line Managers (Managing Minds at Work): Protocol for a Feasibility Pilot Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial', JMIR Research Protocols, vol. 12, no. 1, e48758.

Ratheesh, A, Hammond, D, Gao, C, Marwaha, S, Thompson, A, Hartmann, J, Davey, C, Zammit, S, Berk, M, McGorry, P & Nelson, B 2023, 'Empirically driven transdiagnostic stages in the development of mood, anxiety and psychotic symptoms in a cohort of youth followed from birth', Translational Psychiatry, vol. 13, no. 1, 103.

Morales-Muñoz, I, Mallikarjun, PK, Chandan, JS, Thayakaran, R, Upthegrove, R & Marwaha, S 2023, 'Impact of anxiety and depression across childhood and adolescence on adverse outcomes in young adulthood: a UK birth cohort study', British Journal of Psychiatry , pp. 1-9.

Altaweel, N, Upthegrove, R, Surtees, A, Durdurak, B & Marwaha, S 2023, 'Personality traits as risk factors for relapse or recurrence in major depression: a systematic review', Frontiers in Psychiatry, vol. 14, 1176355.

Stefanidou, T, Ambler, G, Bartl, G, Barber, N, Billings, J, Bogatsu, T, Carroll, R, Chipp, B, Conneely, M, Downey, A-M, Evlat, G, Hunter, R, Le Novere, M, Lewis, G, Mackay, T, Marwaha, S, Matin, Z, Naughton, G, Nekitsing, C, O’Sullivan, M, Pinfold, V, Pan, S, Sobers, A, Thompson, KJ, Vasikaran, J, Webber, M, Johnson, S & Lloyd-Evans, B 2023, 'Randomised controlled trial of the Community Navigator programme to reduce loneliness and depression for adults with treatment-resistant depression in secondary community mental health services: trial protocol', Trials, vol. 24, no. 1, 652.

Hett, D, Morales-Muñoz, I, Durdurak, BB, Carlish, M & Marwaha, S 2023, 'Rates and associations of relapse over 5 years of 2649 people with bipolar disorder: a retrospective UK cohort study', International journal of bipolar disorders, vol. 11, no. 1, 23.


Jauhar, S, Arnone, D, Baldwin, DS, Bloomfield, M, Browning, M, Cleare, AJ, Corlett, P, Deakin, JFW, Erritzoe, D, Fu, C, Fusar-Poli, P, Goodwin, GM, Hayes, J, Howard, R, Howes, OD, Juruena, MF, Lam, RW, Lawrie, SM, McAllister-Williams, H, Marwaha, S, Matuskey, D, McCutcheon, RA, Nutt, DJ, Pariante, C, Pillinger, T, Radhakrishnan, R, Rucker, J, Selvaraj, S, Stokes, P, Upthegrove, R, Yalin, N, Yatham, L, Young, AH, Zahn, R & Cowen, PJ 2023, 'A leaky umbrella has little value: evidence clearly indicates the serotonin system is implicated in depression', Molecular Psychiatry, vol. 28, no. 8, pp. 3149-3152.


Shakespeare, J, Dixon, S & Marwaha, S 2023, 'Primary care and bipolar disorder', British Journal of General Practice, vol. 73, no. 728, pp. 104-105.

Review article

Ratheesh, A, Hett, D, Ramain, J, Wong, E, Berk, L, Conus, P, Fristad, MA, Goldstein, T, Hillegers, M, Jauhar, S, Kessing, LV, Miklowitz, DJ, Murray, G, Tohen, M, Yatham, LN, Young, AH, Berk, M, Marwaha, S & Scott, JL 2023, 'A systematic review of interventions in the early course of bipolar disorder I or II: a report of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders Taskforce on early intervention', International journal of bipolar disorders, vol. 11, no. 1, 1.

Aiyegbusi, OL, McMullan, C, Hughes, SE, Turner, GM, Subramanian, A, Hotham, R, Davies, EH, Frost, C, Alder, Y, Agyen, L, Buckland, L, Camaradou, J, Chong, A, Jeyes, F, Kumar, S, Matthews, KL, Moore, P, Ormerod, J, Price, G, Saint-Cricq, M, Stanton, D, Walker, A, Haroon, S, Denniston, AK, Calvert, MJ, Brown, K, Singh Chandan, J, Gkoutos, GV, Jackson, LJ, Lord, JM, Marshall, T, Marwaha, S, Myles, P, Nirantharakumar, K, Rivera, SC, Sapey, E, Simms-Williams, N, Williams, T & Wraith, DC 2023, 'Considerations for patient and public involvement and engagement in health research', Nature Medicine, vol. 29, no. 8, pp. 1922-1929.

Chandan, J, Brown, K, Simms-Williams, N, Bashir, NZ, Camaradou, J, Heining, D, Turner, G, Cruz Rivera, S, Hotham, R, Minhas, S, Nirantharakumar, K, Sivan, M, Khunti, K, Raindi, D, Marwaha, S, Hughes, S, McMullan, C, Marshall, T, Calvert, M, Haroon, S & Aiyegbusi, OL 2023, 'Non-pharmacological therapies for post-viral syndromes, including Long COVID: a systematic review', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 20, no. 4, 3477.

Marwaha, S, Palmer, E, Suppes, T, Cons, E, Young, AH & Upthegrove, R 2023, 'Novel and emerging treatments for major depression', The Lancet, vol. 401, no. 10371, pp. 141-153.

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