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Richard PorterHead of Department
Director of the Mental Health Clinical Research Unit

MA(Camb) MB BS MD(Newcastle UK) DipObst(Otago) MRCPsych


Richard Porter's main research interests are in the treatment of mood disorders.

He has a particular interest in clinical trials in mood disorders, service delivery, psychological treatments and electroconvulsive therapy.

He has conducted multiple studies into the neurobiology of mood disorders and particularly the neurobiology of cognitive impairment and is now conducting studies of cognitive remediation in mood disorders.

He is a consultant psychiatrist specialising in psychiatric care of adults with intellectual disability and also sees patients with treatment resistant mood disorders for second opinions regarding treatment.


Miskowiak, K. W., Obel, Z. K., Gugliemo, R., del Mar Bonnin, C., Bowie, C. R., Balanzá- Martínez, V., … Douglas, K., … Porter, R. J., … Hasler, G. (2024). Efficacy and safety of established and off-label ADHD drug therapies for cognitive impairment or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms in bipolar disorder: A systematic review by the ISBD Targeting Cognition Task Force. Bipolar Disorders. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/bdi.13414

Gray, V., Moot, W., Frampton, C. M. A., Douglas, K. M., Gallagher, P., Jordan, J., … Inder, M., Crowe, M., McIntosh, V. V. W., & Porter, R. J. (2024). The effect of age on emotion processing in individuals with mood disorders and in healthy individuals. Frontiers in Psychology, 15, 1204204. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2024.1204204

Sulaiman-Hill, R., Porter, R., Schluter, P., Beaglehole, B., Dean, S., Tanveer, S., Boden, J., & Bell, C. (2024). Research following trauma in minority ethnic and faith communities: Lessons from a study of the psychosocial sequelae of the Christchurch mosque terror attacks. BJPsych Open, 10(1), 1-4. doi: 10.1192/bjo.2023.641

Baghaei, N., Balakrishnan, P., Greig, L., Porter, R., & Henry, J. D. (2023). Visualising physiological cues in individualised virtual reality for mental health. Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality Adjunct (ISMAR-Adjunct). (pp. 340-344). IEEE. doi: 10.1109/ISMAR-Adjunct60411.2023.00073

Porter, R. J., Beaglehole, B., & Baghaei, N. (2023). Virtual reality technology in the treatment of anxiety: Progress and future challenges. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/14737175.2023.2289574

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