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School of the Biological Sciences


Mental health issues are projected to be one of the world's biggest causes of ill health by 2030. In response, the Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour Theme is building a network of researchers to develop opportunities that cut across multiple disciplines and improve the linkage of biological mechanisms with social and environmental drivers of mental health and illness.



Collaboration and Engagement

Researchers from across 5 departments (Psychology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, Zoology, Engineering) working in complementary areas linked to mental health met in September 2022 to discuss the variety of research ongoing in the School and identify new synergies between current research areas.

We are now working on building further connections with Cambridge collections, clinical colleagues and people with lived experience of mental health conditions with a view to develop a cross-disciplinary mental health network of expertise. Members of the School can find out more on the School Information Hub.

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          Mental health and illness across scales, species, and society workshop, Pitt Building, September 2022

Key Collaborators

Tristan Bekinschtein, Psychology

David Belin, Psychology

Riccardo Beltramo, Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Psychology

Hannah Clarke, Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

Jeff Dalley, Psychology

Pasco Fearon, Psychology

Tamsin Ford, Psychiatry

Jane Garrison, Psychology

Claire Hughes, Psychology

Mark Johnson, Psychology

Rebecca Kilner, Zoology 

Zoe Kourtzi, Psychology

Becky Lawson, Psychology

Sarah Lloyd-Fox, Psychology

Flavia Mancini, Engineering

Paul Miller, Pharmacology

Amy Milton, Psychology

Jasper Poort, Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

Sophie Potter, Collections-Connections-Communities SRI

Angela Roberts, Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

Simone Schnall, Psychology

Jon Simons, Psychology

Deborah Talmi, Psychology

Peter Templeton, Engineering

Ed Turner, Zoology

Varun Warrier, Psychology


Work with us

We welcome opportunities to collaborate with industry partners, policy makers and academics. If you are interested in working with us, please contact Dr Abi Herrmann, Research Strategy Facilitator.

Key Publications

COVID-19 in the context of pregnancy, infancy and parenting (CoCoPIP) study: protocol for a longitudinal study of parental mental health, social interactions, physical growth and cognitive development of infants during the pandemic.

Aydin E, Weiss SM, Glasgow KA, et al. BMJ Open 2022;12:e053800. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-053800

Biological, Psychological, and Social Determinants of Depression: A Review of Recent Literature

Remes O, Mendes JF, Templeton P. Brain Sciences. 2021; 11(12):1633. Brain Sci. 2021, 11(12), 1633; doi:10.3390/brainsci11121633

Hierarchical models of pain: Inference, information-seeking, and adaptive control

Seymour B, Mancini F. Neuroimage 2020 Nov 15;222:117212.  doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.117212.