Professor Steven Marwaha


School of Psychology
Professor of Psychiatry
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 Mood Disorders Clinic in Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust.


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

Development of mood psychopathology in youth and help seeking

Understanding at-risk mental states in recurrent severe mood disorders

Understanding mood instability transdiagnostically

Bipolar disorder and depression treatment


Current research projects:

Mental Health Productivity Pilot 


Research interests:

Bi-polar disorder


Mood instability 

Early Intervention




  1. Rains L., Marston L., Hinton M., Marwaha S., Craig T., Fowler D., King M., Omar R., McCrone, Soencer J., Taylor J., Colman, Harder C., Eleanor Gilbert, Randhawa A., Labuschagne K., Jones C., Stefanidou T., Christoforou M., Craig M., Strang J., Weaver T., Johnson S. Clinical and cost-effectiveness of contingency management for cannabis use in early psychosis: the CIRCLE randomised clinical trial. BMC Medicine. 15th August 2019.
  1. Marwaha S., Briley P., Perry A., Rankin P., DiFlorio A., Craddock N., Jones I., Broome M., Gordon-Smith K., Jones L.Explaining why childhood abuse is a risk factor for poorer clinical course in bipolar disorder: a path analysis of 923 people with bipolar I disorder. Psychological Medicine (in press)
  1. Chia M.F, Cotton, S., Filia K, Phelan M., Conus P., Jauhar S., Marwaha S., McGorry P., Davey C., Berk M., Ratheesh A. (2019). Early intervention for Bipolar Disorder - do current treatment guidelines provide recommendations for the early stages of the disorder? Journal of Affective Disorders
  1. Winsper, C, Bilgin, A., Thompson, A., Marwaha S, Chanen A.M., Singh, S.P., Wang,A. and Furtado V. (2019). The prevalence of personality disorders in the community: A global systematic review and meta-analysis. British Journal of Psychiatry.
  1. Perry, B.I.; Khandaker, G.M.; Marwaha, S.; Thompson, A.; Zammit, S.; Singh, S.P.; Upthegrove, R. (2019) Insulin Resistance and Obesity and their Association with Depression in Relatively Young People: Findings from a Large U.K. Birth Cohort. Psychological Medicine. 1-10
  1. De Cates A., De Cates P., Singh S.P, Marwaha, S. (2019) Can curriculum design influence medical students’ attitudes to psychiatry? A comparison of two different approaches. Medical Teacher. 4, 1-10


  1.  Marwaha S, Price C, Scott J, Weich S, Cairns A, Dale J, Winsper C and Broome MR. Affective instability in people with and without mental disorder: a case control study. Journal of Affective Disorders
  2.  Rowland T, Marwaha S. Epidemiology and risk factors for bipolar disorder. Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology. 2018 Apr 26: 2045125318769235.
  3.  Perry, B.I.; Upthegrove, R.; Thompson, A.; Marwaha, S.; Zammit, S.; Singh, S.P.; Khandaker, G.M. Dysglycaemia, inflammation and psychosis: findings from the UK ALSPAC birth cohort. Schizophrenia Bulletin
  4.  Thompson A, Winsper C, Marwaha S, Haynes J, Alvarez-Jimenez M, Hetrick S, Realpe A, Vail L, Dawson S, Sullivan S. Maintenance Antipsychotic Treatment versus Discontinuation Strategies Following Remission from First Episode Psychosis: A Systematic Review. British Journal of Psychiatry Open
  5.  Rowland T, Perry B, Upthegrove R, Barnes T, Chatterjee J, Marwaha S. Neurotrophins, cytokines and oxidative stress mediators and mood state in bipolar disorder: a systematic review and meta-analysis. British Journal of Psychiatry


  1.  Marwaha S, Winsper C, Bebbington P and Smith D. Cannabis misuse and hypomania in young people: a prospective analysis of UK Birth Cohort study. Schizophrenia Bulletin.
  2.  Dubad, M, Winsper, C., Meyer, C., Livanou, M., Marwaha S. 2017. A systematic review of the psychometric properties, usability, and clinical impacts of mobile mood-monitoring applications in young people. Psychological Medicine. 48(2), 208-226
  3.  Marwaha S, Beirne T, Broome M, Upthegrove R and Thompson A. The views of early intervention service staff on the treatment of first episode bipolar disorder. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice.
  4.  Moffa G, Catone G, Kuipers J, Kuipers E, Freeman D, Marwaha S, Lennox B, Broome M, Bebbington P. Using directed acyclic graphs in epidemiological research in psychosis: an analysis of the role of bullying in psychosis. Schizophrenia Bulletin. 17th May sbx013
  5.  Winsper C, Tang N, Marwaha S, Lereya A, Gibbs M, Thompson A, Singh SP. The sleep phenotype of Borderline Personality Disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews 73,48–67
  6.  Scott, J., Marwaha S., Ratheesh A., Macmillan I., Yung A., Morriss R., Hickie I., Bechdolf A. (2017) Bipolar at-risk criteria: an examination of which clinical features have optimal utility for identifying youth at risk of early transition from depression to bipolar disorders. Schizophrenia Bulletin 43 (4): 737-744
  7.  Upthegrove, R., Marwaha S, and Birchwood M. (2017) Depression and schizophrenia: cause, consequence or trans-diagnostic issue? Schizophrenia Bulletin 43 (2): 240-244.
  8.  Bowen R, Peters E, Marwaha S, Baetz M, Balbuena L. Moods in clinical depression are more unstable than severe normal sadness. Frontiers in Psychiatry. 2017;8.
  9.  Marwaha S, Thompson A. Response to letters by Baethge et al. and Martino et al. International Journal of Bipolar Disorders. 5, 21

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