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Reproductive mental health programme

We are a group of clinicians and researchers with an interest in reproductive mental health, based in the National Centre for Mental Health at Cardiff University.

Our work studies how genetic and environmental markers can help identify women and people assigned female at birth (AFAB people) at risk of psychiatric disorders in relation to changes in sex hormones and improve the current approach to diagnosis, prevention and treatment.

Our mission

Our mission is to better understand the causes and risk factors associated with reproductive mental illness.

  • What genetic factors increase someone’s risk for suffering from these illnesses?
  • What parts of your early development can make an impact?
  • What environmental circumstances make symptoms worse?

We believe in bringing world-leading experts together with individuals with lived experience to tackle these difficult questions.

Our aims

We aim to:

  • explore the complex links between mental wellbeing and biology, and how this may result in mental illness
  • improve understanding of

Take part

There are several studies being run by our research group. Follow the links below to learn more and visit the NCMH Noticeboard to see what other research is available to take part in.

  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
    The overall aim of this research is to find out more about the causes of PMDD. We study how genetic and environmental factors interact and make some women more likely than others to develop PMDD.
  • The Maternal Wellbeing, Mental Health and Life Experiences survey
    At NCMH we are trying to understand more about how life experiences impact on maternal wellbeing and mental health during this period. This survey asks about your mental health and wellbeing, your past experiences and your experiences related to COVID-19.


Meet the team

Dr Arianna di Florio, project lead
Jessica Yang
Chloe Apsey
Danielle Kitney

Images by Gemma Chua-Tan and Omar Lopez

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