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




  1. Hett D, Rogers J, Humpston C and Marwaha S. Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) for the treatment of depression in adolescence: a systematic review. Journal of Affective Disorders. 278, 460-469


  1. Hett D and Marwaha S. (2020). Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in the Treatment of Bipolar Disorder. Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology. 18 Nov 2020.
  2. Jauhar S, Marwaha S, Morrison P, Upthegrove R. Weighing up scientific evidence requires balance, not opinion. British Journal of Psychiatry. Response to: Are we repeating mistakes of the past? A review of the evidence for esketamine.
  3. Morales-Muñoz, I., Broome, M.R., Marwaha, S. Parent-reported sleep problems in early childhood, and psychotic and borderline personality disorder symptoms in adolescence: prospective relations and mechanisms. JAMA Psychiatry. 1st July 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2020.1875
  4. Singh S.P, Javed A. (and WPA Expert Advisory Panel-Borgwardt S, Broome M, Chithiramohan, Farooq S., French P, Johannessen J.O, Krishnadas, Ianoponi E, Lawrie S, Mallikarjum P, Marwaha S. (2020) Early Intervention in Psychosis in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. A WPA initiative. World Psychiatry, 19, 122
  5. Shah., J., Scott J, McGorry P.D, Cross S, Keshavan M, Nelson B, Wood S, Marwaha S, Yung A, Scott E, Öngür D, Conus P,  Henry C, Hickie I, for the International Working Group on Transdiagnostic Clinical Staging in Youth Mental Health. Transdiagnostic clinical staging in youth mental health: a first international consensus statement. World Psychiatry, June 2020 


  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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