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    • School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University, Aston Triangle

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

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    Research Interests

    My research investigates youth mental health, and in particular, resilience processes and protective factors. To do this, I utilise neurological and neuropsychological measures, as well as clinical and social indices. Understanding how emerging mental disorders can inform our knowledge of risk and resilience processes, and the development of interventions to promote mental health in young people, are central aims of my work. 


    I graduated with a degree in Psychology and Philosophy (joint hons) from The University of Leeds in 2007, after which I spent time working as an Applied Behavioural Analysis tutor and Mental Health Support Worker. I completed a Masters at the University of Leeds in 2009 and worked as an honorary Research Assistant alongside my studies. I completed my PhD at the University of Birmingham in 2014. Between 2013-2019 I worked first with the Adolescent Brain Development and Mental Health research Lab, and then the PROSPER Research lab at the University of Birmingham, investigating youth mental health, particularly in regards to psychosis and early schizophrenia. I am currently a Lecturer in Psychology at Aston University and an Honorary Research Fellow at University of Birmingham.

    Teaching Activity

    PY1128 - Studying Psychology in Higher Education (Personal Tutor) 
    PY3346 - Final Year BSc Research Project (Project Supervisor)

    Funding Applications and Awards

    • 2018 - £7,300 (Clinical Research Network) Adolescent Wellbeing Networks Project.
    • ​2018 - £215 (University of Birmingham) Pump prime funding.
    • 2018 - £400 (University of Birmingham) Training and Development grant.
    • ​2016 - £57,927 (ESRC DTC) PhD Studentship; Latoya Clarke (Co-supervisor).
    • 2016 - £2500 (U21 Fellowship Programme) Travel Grant.
    • 2015 - £2475 (University of Birmingham) Pump prime funding.
    • 2014 - £500 (University of Birmingham) Training and Development Grant.
    • 2013 - £750 (University of Birmingham) Travel Grant.
    • 2012 - £1000 (University of Birmingham) Travel Grant.

    PhD Supervision

    Current PhD Students:

    • Latoya Clarke (Co-supervisor)

    Past PhD Students

    • Alexandra Stainton (Co-supervisor)

     I am interested in supervising PhD students who are interested in researching youth mental health, in particular, risk and resilience related topics.

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    Member of the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

    Member of the International Early Psychosis Association

    Member of Schizophrenia International Research Society

    Administrative Roles

    Equality and Diversity Board

    Education/Academic qualification


    Sep 2009Jul 2014

    Award Date: 15 Jul 2014

    MSc, University of Leeds

    Sep 2008Sep 2009

    Award Date: 25 Nov 2009

    BSc, University of Leeds

    Sep 2004Jul 2007

    Award Date: 28 Jun 2007

    External positions

    Research Fellow

    Mar 2014Mar 2019

    Research Associate

    Mar 2013Mar 2014

    Lecturing and teaching assistant

    Sep 2010Sep 2013

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    Research Output

    Adding a Dimension to the Dichotomy: Affective Processes Are Implicated in the Relationship Between Autistic and Schizotypal Traits

    Larson, F. V., Wagner, A. P., Chisholm, K., Reniers, R. L. E. P. & Wood, S. J., 24 Jul 2020, In : Frontiers in Psychiatry. 11, 712.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Sleep disturbances and the At Risk Mental State: A systematic review and meta-analysis

    Clarke, L., Chisholm, K., Cappuccio, F. P., Tang, N. K. Y., Miller, M. A., Elahi, F. & Thompson, A. D., 6 Jul 2020, In : Schizophrenia Research.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • The Psychopathology and Neuroanatomical Markers of Depression in Early Psychosis

    Upthegrove, R., Lalousis, P., Mallikarjun, P., Chisholm, K., Griffiths, S. L., Iqbal, M., Pelton, M., Reniers, R., Stainton, A., Rosen, M., Ruef, A., Dwyer, D. B., Surman, M., Haidl, T., Penzel, N., Kambeitz-llankovic, L., Bertolino, A., Brambilla, P., Borgwardt, S., Kambeitz, J. & 8 others, Lencer, R., Pantelis, C., Ruhrmann, S., Schultze-lutter, F., Salokangas, R. K. R., Meisenzahl, E., Wood, S. J. & Koutsouleris, N., 7 Jul 2020, In : Schizophrenia Bulletin.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Traces of trauma – a multivariate pattern analysis of childhood trauma, brain structure and clinical phenotypes

    Popovic, D., Ruef, A., Dwyer, D. B., Antonucci, L. A., Eder, J., Sanfelici, R., Kambeitz-ilankovic, L., Oeztuerk, O. F., Dong, M. S., Paul, R., Paolini, M., Hedderich, D., Haidl, T., Kambeitz, J., Ruhrmann, S., Chisholm, K., Schultze-lutter, F., Falkai, P., Pergola, G., Blasi, G. & 11 others, Bertolino, A., Lencer, R., Dannlowski, U., Upthegrove, R., Salokangas, R. K. R., Pantelis, C., Meisenzahl, E., Wood, S. J., Brambilla, P., Borgwardt, S. & Koutsouleris, N., 26 May 2020, In : Biological Psychiatry.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • A Cross-sectional Examination of the Clinical Significance of Autistic Traits in Individuals Experiencing a First Episode of Psychosis

    Chisholm, K., Pelton, M., Duncan, N., Kidd, K., Wardenaar, K., Upthegrove, R., Broome, M., Lin, A. & Wood, S., 1 Dec 2019, In : Psychiatry Research. 282, 112623.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle