Professor Jones is is Director of the National Centre for Mental Health and Professor of Perinatal Psychiatry for the Department of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neuroscience at Cardiff University. He is widely recognised as a leading mental health expert, particularly in the field of bipolar disorder and postpartum psychosis.
He graduated from St Georges Medical School in London and then trained in General Medicine and Psychiatry in South Wales. He joined Professor Craddock’s team in the mood disorders group in Cardiff University as a clinical research fellow and was then awarded a Wellcome Trust Training Fellowship at the University of Birmingham spending a year at Virginia Commonwealth University in the US. Before taking up his current post in Cardiff he was Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of Birmingham.
His research focuses on bipolar disorder and postpartum psychosis. He has authored or co-authored over 200 publications and book chapters. He has been awarded the Marcé Medal for his research on Postpartum Psychosis and was named Academic Psychiatrist of the Year at the RCPsych Awards 2013. He also played a key role in developing the Bipolar Education Programme Cymru (BEPC), an innovative psychoeducation programme which was awarded the British Medical Journal (BMJ) award for innovation in medicine.
Ian has also acted as a script consultant for the BBC soap opera Eastenders, providing expert input into story lines that involved characters with bipolar disorder. He has taken part in a number of television and radio programmes that have raised awareness of bipolar disorder and postpartum psychosis including the Stephen Fry documentary, The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive, a number of appearances of BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour and a collaboration with artist Joan Malloy formed the basis of a BBC Radio 4 documentary, Unravelling Eve.
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