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Dr Walsh completed her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at The University of Manchester and a Masters by Research in Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London. She then specialised in mental health research and was awarded her DPhil in Psychiatry from The University of Oxford in 2016. After some postdoctoral experience, she moved back to London and took up a position in the NIHR Maudsley BRC obtaining PRINCE project management accreditation, prior to taking up her current position as the Senior Postdoctoral Research Project Manager for the MQ funded IDEA project that combines her mental health research and project management skills. Her main area of interest is biomarker-based prediction in depression, from prediction of the occurrence of depression to the prediction of treatment response, with a focus on the dopamine reward system.  

Research Interests

  •  Depression 
  •  Biomarkers 
  • Treatment Response 

Expertise and Public Engagement 

Dr Walsh is a strong advocate for the involvement of service users in research and is herself a member of various lived experience advisory panels (LEAP), including the NIHR Maudsley BRC Feasibility and Acceptability Support Team for Researchers (FAST-R), the NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit (MHPRU) and the McPin Foundation facilitated Tailoring evidence-based psychological therapY for People with common mental disorder including Psychotic Experiences (TYPPEX-LEAP).  

Key Publications

Walsh, A. E. L., Huneke, N. T., Brown, R., Browning, M., Cowen, P., Harmer, C. J. (2018). A Dissociation of the Acute Effects of Bupropion on Positive Emotional Processing and Reward Processing in Healthy Volunteers. Front Psychiatry, 9:482.  

Walsh, A. E. L., Browning, M., Drevets, W. C., Furey, M., Harmer, C. J. (2018). Dissociable temporal effects of bupropion on behavioural measures of emotional and reward processing in depression. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 373(1742).   

Huneke, N. T., Walsh, A. E. L., Brown, R., Browning, M., Harmer, C. J. (2017). No evidence for an acute placebo effect on emotional processing in healthy volunteers. J Psychopharmacol, 31(12):1578-1587.   

Thiébaut, F. I., White, S. J., Walsh, A. E. L., Klargaard, S. K., Wu, H. C., Rees, G., Burgess, P. W. (2016). Does faux pas detection in adult autism reflect differences in social cognition or decision-making abilities? J Autism Dev Disord, 46, 103-12. 

Walsh, A. E. L., Harmer, C. J. (2015). The cognitive neuropsychological model of antidepressant response. CurrOpin Psych, 4, 124-130.