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Social Epidemiology Research Group

Social Epidemiology Research Group Projects

Our Research Group projects include: 

AESOP-10: the causes of ethnic differences in the cause and outcome of psychosis

 The NHS has made a huge investment in establishing early intervention programmes for individuals suffering their first psychotic episode. These programmes are premised on the idea that early intervention is particularly effective and that shortening the duration of untreated psychosis will improve long-term outcome. However, the evidence for this over the medium to long term is limited, and there is little information in general about what factors predict outcome.

Find out more about the ÆSOP, ÆSOP-10 project.

ATHLOS – Ageing Trajectories of Health: Longitudinal Opportunities and Synergies

This EU-funded project aims to achieve a better understanding of ageing by identifying patterns of healthy ageing trajectories, the determinants of those patterns, the critical points in time when changes in trajectories are produced, and to propose timely clinical and public health interventions to optimise healthy.

Find out more about the ATHLOS Project


The AVATAR Project is a clinical research trial of an innovative new therapeutic treatment designed to help people suffering from distressing voices.AVATAR therapy allows individuals to create a computer-generated representation of the voice or voices they hear, and with their therapist's support begin to interact with the voice.  From this dialogue individuals learn coping skills which ultimately lead to the voice coming under their control.

Find out more about the Avatar project.

Childhood Adversity and Psychosis (CAPsy) study: Integrating society, psychology and biology to investigate links between childhood adversity and psychosis

There has been renewed interest in childhood adversity, particularly abuse, and risk of schizophrenia and other psychoses. However, research to date has been limited by methodological problems and it remains unclear why only a small percentage of those exposed to such adversity goes on to develop psychosis.

Find out more about the Childhood Adversity and Psychosis project.

EUropean network of national schizophrenia networks studying Gene-Environment Interactions (EU-GEI)


The EU-GEI project explored the interactive genetic, clinical and environmental determinants involved in the development, severity and outcome of schizophrenia. The project partners represent the nationall funded mental health networks of the UK, Netherlands, France, Spain, Turkey and Germany, as well as other research institutes and a numer of SME's in Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, and outside the EU in China and Australia. 

Find out more about the EU-GEI Project

A Feasibility study of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Older people with treatment-resistant generalised anxiety Disorder (FACTOID)

The FACTOID Study is examining how acceptable and feasible it is to develop a new form of talking therapy for older people with generalised anxiety disorder or chronic worrying that has not responded to treatment well. This new form of talking therapy is based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; a form of talking therapy that helps people to learn new ways of handling distressing thought and feelings

Find out more about the FACTOID project

INternational Research Programme on Psychoses In Diverse Settings (INTREPID II)

Around 20 million worldwide experience a psychotic disorder. However, what we know about these disorders is based on research done mainly in Europe, North America, and Australia. We know little about these disorders in other places, especially developing countries. The overall aim of this project is to address the research questions: what is the variability – in incidence, presentation, outcome and impact – of disorders in diverse developing countries?

Find out more about the INTREPID II project

Physical health inequalities in ethnic minority service users with serious mental illness: understanding pathways to reduced life expectancy

People with serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia die much earlier than the general population, for people from minority ethnic backgrounds the risk may be even greater. By analysing data from electronic patient records and interviewing patients and clinicians, this project will aim to identify reasons behind the gap in life expectancy and identify factors that prevent people having equal access to care.

Find out more about the physical health inequalities in ethnic minority service users with serious mental illness: understanding pathways to reduced life expectancy

Resilience, Ethnicity, and AdolesCent Mental Health (REACH)

REACH LogoMost mental health problems first emerge during adolescence.  Their frequency, type, and persistence over time vary by ethnic group.  Understanding what factors increase and decrease risk for such problems during these critical phases, in a range of ethnic groups, is important for developing strategies for prevention and intervention.  REACH aims to investigate the impact of social, psychological, and biological risk and protective factors on the occurrence and persistence of mental health problems over time in large, ethnically diverse cohorts of adolescents.

Find out more about the REACH project.

Risk and Protective Factors for Unfounded Paranoid Ideation in Adolescents: A Virtual Reality Study

With 50% of all adult mental health problems beginning before the age of 14, adolescence is a critical developmental period during which targeted intervention to prevent the emergence of psychosis and other mental health problems may have a substantial impact. The critical first step to developing such interventions is to understand what factors increase and decrease risk, and the mechanisms through which they exert their effects. This project aims to examine the prevalence and incidence of unfounded paranoid ideation amongst adolescents using virtual reality to investigate predictors of and mechanisms associated with the onset and maintenance of paranoid thinking in a cohort of 400 young people in South London.

To find out more, please contact Charlotte Gayer-Anderson, Post-Doctoral Fellow


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