Jessica Bone

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Dr Jess Bone is a Research Fellow in Epidemiology/Statistics in the Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health at University College London (UCL). She is currently working in the EpiArts Lab, a collaboration between UCL and the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine. Her work aims to understand the population-level public health benefits of the arts by exploring associations between arts and cultural engagement and longitudinal health outcomes in US cohort studies. Jess has a background in mental health research and completed her PhD in the Division of Psychiatry at UCL, where she investigated explanations for the gender difference in depression during adolescence. Jess can be followed on Twitter at


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Community interventions for anxiety and depression: the benefits of sports, music, gardening, art and culture


Jessica Bone critically considers a systematic review of community interventions for anxiety and depression in adults and young people, which suggests that more research is required targeting young people and specific community assets.

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Music therapy for depression: I want more…reliable research

The key difference between music therapy and music medicine is the presence of a trained music therapist. Both are becoming more accepted as treatments for mental health problems.

Jessica Bone summarises a recent meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials examining the effects of music therapy and music medicine on depressive symptoms.

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Polypharmacy for major depression: is practice evidence-based?


Jessica Bone reports on a recent cross-sectional study that looks at the clinical correlates of augmentation/combination treatment strategies in major depressive disorder.

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Trajectories of depressive symptoms in children and adolescents


Jess Bone on a systematic review of longitudinal studies, which explores the different trajectories of depressive symptoms in children and adolescents, and the factors that might help predict or protect young people.

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Use of mental health services may reduce adolescent depression


Jess Bone publishes her debut blog on a recent longitudinal cohort study, which looks at the reduction in adolescent depression after contact with mental health services.

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