I’m a consultant and senior clinical lecturer in child and adolescent psychiatry. My research focuses on applying computational methods to neuroimaging datasets for the purposes of developing a more mechanistic understanding of mental illness, particularly during the prodromal phase. I'm especially interested in understanding how flexible thinking and personal autonomy can be maintained and bolstered despite illness. I hope this will better guide the development of new treatments, and aid young people in making individual choices during their recoveries.
Liana Romaniuk summarises a recent US cross-sectional study which suggests that residential instability (moving home a lot) may lead to disrupted social networks and relationships, predisposing vulnerable youth to greater stress, which can increase their risk of psychosis.[read the full story...]