The personal information we collect is used to help answer important research questions. Mental health problems reflect a complex interplay of social, psychological and biological factors. This means that no single method of research can deliver all the answers, so we use a variety of techniques to investigate how these areas overlap and interact.
We use interview and questionnaire-based assessments (both written and online) to gather information on social and psychological factors that may influence a person’s risk of becoming unwell.
By being able to pinpoint particular personality traits and social determinants or specific life events that are associated with higher risk of illness, we can help health professionals to identify at-risk patients earlier and give them access to the right support and treatment.
Our biological research is an important step towards developing better diagnoses and treatments. Laboratory studies help us to understand more about how mental illness might alter the way in which molecules, nerve cells and brain systems work.
Neuroimaging offers a powerful insight into the structure and function of the human brain. Techniques like MRI can help us to bridge the gap in understanding how the symptoms experienced in mental illness are linked to genetic risk factors.
We can also investigate the effectiveness of neuroimaging as a treatment for mental health problems as well drug and alcohol addictions.
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