Academic studies

Cognitive phenotypes and the emergence of mood disorders using adolescence

Ian Goodyer is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist pursuing research into the connections between human development and psychopathology. He is particularly interested in the relations between changes in adolescent development and the emergence of major mental illnesses of depression, psychoses and antisocial personality difficulties in the second decade of life. His studies are centred on adolescents in the community as well as current patients.
His work involves experimental approaches to measuring feelings and thoughts, salivary analyses of circulating hormones, genetic psychophysiological, cognitive and neuroimaging techniques of brain-behavior relationships. These methods and techniques are used in longitudinal studies and randomized controlled trials, undertaken with adolescents with anxiety, depression and conduct disorder. Currently Ian is chief investigator of the Neuroscience in Psychiatry Network, a partnership with UCL investigating relationships between the developing teenage brain and cognition and behavior in 14 to 24 year old participants. He is also the chief investigator of the ROOTS project, determining the role of childhood adversities and adolescent experiences on adult well-being. Together with colleagues at UCL, Reading and Manchester Universities he has completed the IMPACT randomized controlled trial of psychological treatment for reducing risk of recurrence in depressed adolescents attending CAMHS in England.

 

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