Women's Mental Health

Mental illness has many gender-specific aspects that clinical research has not always addressed. For example, in conditions such as schizophrenia, the age of onset and pattern of symptoms commonly seen is different for women and men. Women and men may also respond differently to medications or other treatments. In addition, changes in the level of sex hormones such as estrogen are known to affect symptoms.

The Women’s Mental Health team is working on numerous aspects of women’s mental health, the experiences of women with mental illness and potential options for treatment. 

One particular focus of our research is the role of the neuroendocrine system in mental illnesses, and specifically the use of female hormones to improve the results of treatment. We are conducting ground-breaking research into the use of estrogen to improve symptoms in schizophrenia and the use of selective brain estrogens in postmenopausal women. We are also exploring possible links between the oral contraceptive pill and depression.

Another important project is NRAMP, the National Register of Antipsychotic Medications in Pregnancy. This is the first register of its kind worldwide. NRAMP aims to create a database of information about the effects of antipsychotic medications taken during pregnancy and the postnatal period. More information about NRAMP is available here


To find out more about current projects click here. For information about our PTSD clinical trial, please click here


Women’s Mental Health Research Division

 
Director
Professor Jayashri Kulkarni
 
Deputy Director
Dr Caroline Gurvich

Research Manager
Anthony de Castella
Emmy Gavrilidis

Consultant Psychiatrist
Dr Leo Chen
Dr Shalini Arunogiri
Dr Carolyn Breadon
 
Consultant Endocrinologist
Dr Caroline Thew
 
Research Medical Officer
Dr Abdul Rahman Hudaib
  
Psychiatry Registrar 
Dr Sarah Rotstein
Dr Hannah Dobson

NH&MRC Early Career Research Fellow
Dr Gemma Sharp
 
Post Doctoral Researcher
Dr Natalie Thomas
Dr Lizzie Thomas
 
Research Assistants
Kate Fortune
Stephanie Greco
 
WMH Clinic Coordinator
Rachana Pattali 

 

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