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Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine - Barts and The London

Social, environmental, societal and cultural

Cultural Psychiatry involves studies of social and cultural risk factors for common mental disorders, for example, cultural identity and discrimination and the relation between work and mental health.


Social, environmental, societal and cultural processes in understanding aetiology, health inequalities, and the treatment of mental illnesses, ranging from common mental disorders such as anxiety and depression right through to severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders. This theme also explores the role of volunteering, social support, digital decision-making aids, and interventions for better communications and therapeutic relationships across diverse patient populations. Another research topic is violence prevention in patients and populations, including youth violence and violent extremism, prisoners mental health, and the role of criminal justice care pathways for offender patients are examples of successful research projects.


Current projects:


Completed projects:

  • Understanding the Increasing Rate of Involuntary Admission in NHS Mental Health Care: The English National Study of Compulsory Admissions (ENSCA)
  • Reducing Suicidal Thoughts among Turkish Migrants in the Netherlands and in the UK: Effectiveness of an Online Intervention
  • Radicalisation, extremist violence and public health: developing a suitable measure of radicalisation to assess sympathies towards terrorist actors and vulnerability to radicalisation
  • Ethnicity and Pathways to care: first episode psychosis studies
  • The Depression in South Asians with Renal Failure:rfpb
  • Therapeutic communication in black and minority ethnic populations
  • Development of digital technology to improve wellbeing and reduce violence in young victims of violence attending The Trauma Centre.