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. 

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

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 Lauren Dawes
Psychiatry Registrar 
Dr Sarah Rotstein
Dr Hannah Dobson

NH&MRC Early Career Research Fellow
Dr Gemma Sharp
Post Doctoral Researcher
Dr Lizzie Thomas
Dr Eveline Mu
Research Coordinators
Navneet Legha
WMH Clinic Coordinator
Rachana Pattali 


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