Dr Katherine Gordon-Smith

Dr Katherine Gordon-Smith

Katherine is Senior Research Fellow in Psychological Medicine at the University of Worcester, where she is a senior member of the Mood Disorders Research Group.

She qualified with a first class BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Biology from Aston University in 2000. She went on to work as a Research Associate in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Birmingham, where she was a member of the research field team interviewing individuals with bipolar disorder for ongoing research into the causes of mood disorders. After completing her PhD in 2007, researching the neuropsychiatric phenotype in Darier disease, she continued to work within the Mood Disorders Research group as a Postdoctoral Researcher within the Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences at Cardiff University and as an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham.

She was one of the co-founders of BDRN. She currently oversees the running of True Colours, an innovative new online mood monitoring system, which is now being used by a number of BDRN participants. Katherine works closely with BDRN research champions, research participants with lived experience of bipolar disorder, who provide expert advice and input into the BDRN research programme and True Colours and has written articles and blogs with BDRN champions.

Katherine joined the University of Worcester in October 2015. Her particular research interest is co-morbidities in bipolar disorder including migraine and anxiety.

Katherine delivers lectures on mood disorders, research ethics and quantitative research methods across a range of disciplines, including, midwifery, advanced clinical practice, paramedic science, and psychology. She supervises a number of undergraduate psychology research projects each year and runs sessions on the postgraduate Researcher Development Programme. She is also the Chair of the College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences Research Ethics Committee.

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