Dean Connolly

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Dean is a final year medical student at UCL, having completed preclinical studies at Cambridge, where they intercalated in Experimental Psychology. They have since been awarded two national RCPsych essay prizes, published and presented internationally on addictions among LGBT+ people. Their focus is the mental health of those who identify as queer and/or transgender and how sociocultural inequalities that specifically affect this group of people impact mental health/substance misuse, the availability of care and the ability of LGBT+ individuals to engage in care within the current system.


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Parental homelessness linked to increased risk of mental illness in offspring


Dean Connolly explores a Danish register-based cohort study, which investigates the risk of mental health problems in offspring of parents with a history of homelessness during childhood and adolescence.

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Chemsex: just dance or bad romance?


Dean Connolly presents the findings of a recent literature review on chemsex, which explores sexualised drug use in UK men who have sex with men.

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Gender identity in young people: determinants, epidemiology, mental health and management


Dean Connolly considers a recent review of research into gender identity in young people, which focuses particularly on treatment paradigms and controversies.

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Mental illness and neurobiological correlates in the transgender population


Dean Connolly publish their debut blog on a literature review of transgender research, which reports on the prevalence of mental illness in the transgender population.

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