Michael Bloomfield is a UCL Excellence Principal Clinical Research Fellow and Head of the Translational Psychiatry Research Group at University College London. He works clinically as a consultant psychiatrist in the Traumatic Stress Clinic in London and is a cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist. His research work seeks to understand the mechanisms underlying how exposure to environmental risk factors, including drug use and psychosocial stress, for mental illness alter adult brain and cognitive function to give rise to mental illnesses so that new treatment and preventative interventions can be developed. He is particularly interested in psychosis and post-traumatic stress disorder. He is the Secretary for External Clinical Affairs of the British Association for Psychopharmacology. He is currently working on coordinating a trauma-informed response to the COVID pandemic with the COVID trauma response working group www.traumagroup.org.
Alexandra Pitman, Sonia Johnson and Michael Bloomfield respond to the mental health and COVID-19 research priorities set out in a new position paper published in The Lancet Psychiatry on 15th April 2020.[read the full story...]