Psychosis risk over the life course: a multilevel, longitudinal investigation of social, economic and physical environmental risk factors at different stages in life

Year of award: 2013


  • Dr James Kirkbride

    University College London

Project summary

James is a psychiatric epidemiologist interested in understanding how exposure to social factors, including the environments in which we live, may contribute to our risk of psychosis over the life course. He is currently investigating how the social and environmental factors we are exposed to at different periods of our lives (in early infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood) may contribute to developing severe mental illnesses, such as psychotic disorder. He is particularly interested in social inequalities, minority position, and ethnicity. James tests his research questions in England, Sweden and Canada, applying multilevel and spatial regression techniques to longitudinal datasets available in these countries.