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Professor Richard J. Porter

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

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

Email richard.porter@otago.ac.nz

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.

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Publications

Cunningham, R., Crowe, M., Stanley, J., Haitana, T., Pitama, S., Porter, R., Baxter, J., Huria, T., Mulder, R., Clark, M. T. R., & Lacey, C. (2020). Gender and mental health service use in bipolar disorder: National cohort study. BJPsych Open, 6(6), 138. doi: 10.1192/bjo.2020.117

Porter, R. J., Inder, M., Douglas, K. M., Moor, S., Carter, J. D., Frampton, C. M. A., & Crowe, M. (2020). Improvement in cognitive function in young people with bipolar disorder: Results from participants in an 18-month randomised controlled trial of adjunctive psychotherapy. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 54(3), 272-281. doi: 10.1177/0004867419887794

Douglas, K. M., Jordan, J., Inder, M. L., Crowe, M. T., Mulder, R., Lacey, C., Beaglehole, B., … Porter, R. J. (2020). Cognitive remediation for outpatients with recurrent mood disorders: A feasibility study. Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 26(4), 273-283. doi: 10.1097/pra.0000000000000487

Crowe, M., Inder, M., Douglas, K., Carlyle, D., Wells, H. J., Jordan, J., Lacey, C., Mulder, R., Beaglehole, B., & Porter, R. (2020). Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy for patients with major depressive disorder. American Journal of Psychology, 73(1), 29-34. doi: 10.1176/appi.psychotherapy.20190024

Crowe, M., Porter, R., Inder, M., Carlyle, D., Luty, S., Lacey, C., & Frampton, C. (2020). Clinical effectiveness trial of adjunctive interpersonal and social rhythm therapy for patients with bipolar disorder. American Journal of Psychotherapy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1176/appi.psychotherapy.20190035

Chapter in Book - Research

Gallagher, P., & Porter, R. J. (2004). The neuropsychology of mood disorders. In P. R. Joyce & P. B. Mitchell (Eds.), Mood disorders: Recognition and treatment. (pp. 139-150). Sydney, Australia: The University of New South Wales Press Ltd.

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Journal - Research Article

Cunningham, R., Crowe, M., Stanley, J., Haitana, T., Pitama, S., Porter, R., Baxter, J., Huria, T., Mulder, R., Clark, M. T. R., & Lacey, C. (2020). Gender and mental health service use in bipolar disorder: National cohort study. BJPsych Open, 6(6), 138. doi: 10.1192/bjo.2020.117

Crowe, M., Porter, R., Inder, M., Carlyle, D., Luty, S., Lacey, C., & Frampton, C. (2020). Clinical effectiveness trial of adjunctive interpersonal and social rhythm therapy for patients with bipolar disorder. American Journal of Psychotherapy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1176/appi.psychotherapy.20190035

Crowe, M., Inder, M., Douglas, K., Carlyle, D., Wells, H. J., Jordan, J., Lacey, C., Mulder, R., Beaglehole, B., & Porter, R. (2020). Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy for patients with major depressive disorder. American Journal of Psychology, 73(1), 29-34. doi: 10.1176/appi.psychotherapy.20190024

Douglas, K. M., Jordan, J., Inder, M. L., Crowe, M. T., Mulder, R., Lacey, C., Beaglehole, B., … Porter, R. J. (2020). Cognitive remediation for outpatients with recurrent mood disorders: A feasibility study. Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 26(4), 273-283. doi: 10.1097/pra.0000000000000487

Porter, R. J., Inder, M., Douglas, K. M., Moor, S., Carter, J. D., Frampton, C. M. A., & Crowe, M. (2020). Improvement in cognitive function in young people with bipolar disorder: Results from participants in an 18-month randomised controlled trial of adjunctive psychotherapy. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 54(3), 272-281. doi: 10.1177/0004867419887794

Petrović-van der Deen, F., Cunningham, R., Manuel, J., Gibb, S., Porter, R. J., Pitama, S., Crowe, M., Crengle, S., & Lacey, C. (2020). Exploring indigenous ethnic inequities in first episode psychosis in New Zealand: A national cohort study. Schizophrenia Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2020.09.004

Alvarez-Grandi, S. A., Groves, S. J., Douglas, K. M., & Porter, R. J. (2020). Systematic monitoring of cognitive function during electroconvulsive therapy: A retrospective analysis of data from a service using a short cognitive testing battery. Journal of ECT, 36(1), 10-17. doi: 10.1097/yct.0000000000000659

Hammar, Å., Semkovska, M., Borgen, I. M. H., Myklebost, S., Ronold, E. H., Sveen, T., … Porter, R., & Johnson, S. L. (2020). A pilot study of cognitive remediation in remitted major depressive disorder patients. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/23279095.2020.1726919

Cunningham, R., Stanley, J., Haitana, T., Pitama, S., Crowe, M., Mulder, R., Porter, R., & Lacey, C. (2020). The physical health of Māori with bipolar disorder. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0004867420954290

Crowe, M., Porter, R., Douglas, K., Inder, M., Lacey, C., Jordan, J., & Wells, H. J. (2020). Patients' experiences of cognitive functioning in recurrent depression: A qualitative study. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing, 27, 321-329. doi: 10.1111/jpm.12603

Lacey, C., Manuel, J., Schluter, P. J., Porter, R. J., Pitama, S., & Jamieson, H. A. (2019). Sociodemographic, environmental characteristics and comorbidities of older adults with schizophrenia who access community health service support: A national cross-sectional study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 53(6), 570-580. doi: 10.1177/0004867419828480

Bell, C. J., Frampton, C. M., Colhoun, H. C., Douglas, K. M., McIntosh, V. V. W., Carter, F. A., Jordan, J., … Porter, R. J. (2019). Earthquake brain: Impairment of spatial memory following long-term earthquake-related stress. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 53(1), 37-47. doi: 10.1177/0004867418789498

Douglas, K. M., Groves, S., Porter, R. J., Jordan, J., Wilson, L., Melzer, T. R., … Bell, C. J. (2019). Traumatic imagery following glucocorticoid administration in earthquake-related post-traumatic stress disorder: A preliminary functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 53(12), 1167-1178. doi: 10.1177/0004867419851860

Gottlieb, J. F., Benedetti, F., Geoffroy, P. A., Henriksen, T. E. G., Lam, R. W., Murray, G., … Crowe, M., … Inder, M., … Porter, R., … Chen, S. (2019). The chronotherapeutic treatment of bipolar disorders: A systematic review and practice recommendations from the ISBD task force on chronotherapy and chronobiology. Bipolar Disorders, 21, 741-773. doi: 10.1111/bdi.12847

Carter, J. D., McIntosh, V. V. W., Jordan, J., Porter, R. J., Douglas, K., Frampton, C. M., & Joyce, P. R. (2018). Patient predictors of response to cognitive behaviour therapy and schema therapy for depression. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 52(9), 887-897. doi: 10.1177/0004867417750756

Petersen, J. Z., Porter, R. J., & Miskowiak, K. W. (2018). Clinical characteristics associated with the discrepancy between subjective and objective cognitive impairment in depression. Journal of Affective Disorders, 246, 763-774. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2018.12.105

Averill, I. R. E., Crowe, M., Frampton, C. M., Beaglehole, B., Lacey, C. J., Jordan, J., Wilson, L. D., Douglas, K. M., & Porter, R. J. (2018). Clinical response to treatment in inpatients with depression correlates with changes in activity levels and psychomotor speed. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 52(7), 652-659. doi: 10.1177/0004867417753549

Douglas, K. M., Gallagher, P., Robinson, L. J., Carter, J. D., McIntosh, V. V. W., Frampton, C. M. A., … Porter, R. J. (2018). Prevalence of cognitive impairment in major depression and bipolar disorder. Bipolar Disorders, 20(3), 260-274. doi: 10.1111/bdi.12602

Groves, S. J., Pitcher, T. L., Melzer, T. R., Jordan, J., Carter, J. D., Malhi, G. S., … Porter, R. J. (2018). Brain activation during processing of genuine facial emotion in depression: Preliminary findings. Journal of Affective Disorders, 225, 91-96. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2017.07.049

Boyce, P., Irwin, L., Morris, G., Hamilton, A., Mulder, R., Malhi, G. S., & Porter, R. J. (2018). Long-acting injectable antipsychotics as maintenance treatments for bipolar disorde: A critical review of the evidence. Bipolar Disorders, 20 (Suppl. 2), 25-36. doi: 10.1111/bdi.12698

Bell, C. J., Colhoun, H. C., Frampton, C. M., Douglas, K. M., McIntosh, V. V. W., Carter, F. A., Jordan, J., Carter, J. D., … Porter, R. J. (2017). Earthquake brain: Altered recognition and misclassification of facial expressions are related to trauma exposure but not posttraumatic stress disorder. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 8, 278. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2017.00278

Schluter, P. J., Lacey, C., Porter, R. J., & Jamieson, H. A. (2017). An epidemiological profile of bipolar disorder among older adults with complex needs: A national cross-sectional study. Bipolar Disorders, 19(5), 375-385. doi: 10.1111/bdi.12511

Porter, R. J., Bourke, C., Carter, J. D., Douglas, K. M., McIntosh, V. V. W., Jordan, J., Joyce, P. R., & Frampton, C. M. A. (2016). No change in neuropsychological dysfunction or emotional processing during treatment of major depression with cognitive-behaviour therapy or schema therapy. Psychological Medicine, 46(2), 393-404. doi: 10.1017/S0033291715001907

Mace, J. L., Porter, R. J., Dalrymple-Alford, J. C., Collins, C., & Anderson, T. J. (2016). Acute tryptophan depletion and Lewy body dementias. International Psychogeriatrics, 28(9), 1487-1491. doi: 10.1017/s1041610216000284

Crowe, M., Beaglehole, B., Wells, H. J., & Porter, R. (2015). Non-pharmacological strategies for treatment of inpatient depression. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 49(3), 215-226. doi: 10.1177/0004867415569799

Inder, M. L., Crowe, M. T., & Porter, R. (2015). Effect of transmeridian travel and jetlag on mood disorders: Evidence and implications. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. doi: 10.1177/0004867415598844

Crowe, M., Inder, M., & Porter, R. (2015). Conducting qualitative research in mental health: Thematic and content analyses. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 49(7), 616-623. doi: 10.1177/0004867415582053

Gallagher, P., Nilsson, J., Finkelmeyer, A., Goshawk, M., Macritchie, K. A., Lloyd, A. J., … Porter, R. J., … Watson, S. (2015). Neurocognitive intra-individual variability in mood disorders: Effects on attentional response time distributions. Psychological Medicine, 45(14), 2985-2997. doi: 10.1017/S0033291715000926

Porter, R. J., Malhi, G. S., & Gallagher, P. (2015). The neurocognitive profile of mood disorders: A review of the evidence and methodological issues. Bipolar Disorders, 17 (Suppl. 2), 21-40. doi: 10.1111/bdi.12342

Groves, S. J., Porter, R. J., Jordan, J., Knight, R., Carter, J. D., McIntosh, V. V. W., Fernando, K., Frampton, C. M. A., Mulder, R. T., Lacey, C., & Joyce, P. R. (2015). Changes in neuropsychological function after treatment with metacognitive therapy or cognitive behavior therapy for depression. Depression & Anxiety, 32(6), 437-444. doi: 10.1002/da.22341

Wadsworth, P., Blackburne, H., Dixon, L., Dobbs, B., Eglinton, T., Ing, A., Mulder, R., Porter, R. J., Wakeman, C., & Frizelle, F. A. (2015). Does bowel preparation for colonoscopy affect cognitive function? Medicine, 94(44), e1823. doi: 10.1097/md.0000000000001823

Vierck, E., Porter, R. J., Spittlehouse, J. K., & Joyce, P. R. (2015). Evaluation of the Consonant Vowel Consonant (CVC) test as an assessment and screening instrument for mild cognitive impairment. International Journal of Psychological Studies, 7(4), 119-129. doi: 10.5539/ijps.v7n4p119

Malhi, G. S., Byrow, Y., Fritz, K., Das, P., Baune, B. T., Porter, R. J., & Outherd, T. (2015). Mood disorders: Neurocognitive models. Bipolar Disorders, 17(Suppl. 2), 3-20. doi: 10.1111/bdi.12353

Vierck, E., Porter, R. J., & Joyce, P. R. (2015). Facial recognition deficits as a potential endophenotype in bipolar disorder. Psychiatry Research, 250(1), 102-107. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2015.08.033

Crowe, M., & Porter, R. (2014). Inpatient treatment for mania: A review and rationale for adjunctive interventions. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 48(8), 716-721. doi: 10.1177/0004867414540754

Jordan, J., Carter, J. D., McIntosh, V. V. W., Fernando, K., Frampton, C. M. A., Porter, R. J., Mulder, R. T., Lacey, C., & Joyce, P. R. (2014). Metacognitive therapy versus cognitive behavioural therapy for depression: A randomized pilot study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 48(10), 932-943. doi: 10.1177/0004867414533015

Porter, R. J., Douglas, K., Jordan, J., Bowie, C. R., Roiser, J., & Malhi, G. S. (2014). Psychological treatments for cognitive dysfunction in major depressive disorder: Current evidence and perspectives. CNS & Neurological Disorders: Drug Targets, 13(10), 1677-1692. doi: 10.2174/1871527313666141130223248

Watson, S., Gallagher, P., Dougall, D., Porter, R., Moncrieff, J., Ferrier, I. N., & Young, A. H. (2014). Childhood trauma in bipolar disorder. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 48(6), 564-570. doi: 10.1177/0004867413516681

Douglas, K. M., Porter, R. J., Knight, R. G., & Alsop, B. (2013). The dynamics of word retrieval in major depression. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 47, 276-283. doi: 10.1177/0004867412465124

Bell, C., Bhikha, S., Colhoun, H., Carter, F., Frampton, C., & Porter, R. (2013). The response to sulpiride in social anxiety disorder: D2 receptor function. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 27(2), 146-151. doi: 10.1177/0269881112450778

Porter, R. J., Bowie, C. R., Jordan, J., & Malhi, G. S. (2013). Cognitive remediation as a treatment for major depression: A rationale, review of evidence and recommendations for future research. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 47(12), 1165-1175. doi: 10.1177/0004867413502090

Carter, J. D., McIntosh, V. V., Jordan, J., Porter, R. J., Frampton, C. M., & Joyce, P. R. (2013). Psychotherapy for depression: A randomized clinical trial comparing schema therapy and cognitive behavior therapy. Journal of Affective Disorders, 151(2), 500-505. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2013.06.034

Schluter, P. J., Spittlehouse, J. K., Cameron, V. A., Chambers, S., Gearry, R., Jamieson, H. A., Kennedy, M., Lacey, C. J., Murdoch, D. R., Pearson, J., Porter, R. J., Richards, M., Skidmore, P. M. L., Troughton, R., Vierck, E., & Joyce, P. R. (2013). Canterbury Health, Ageing and Life Course (CHALICE) study: Rationale, design and methodology. New Zealand Medical Journal, 126(1375). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Vierck, E., Porter, R. J., Luty, S. E., Moor, S., Crowe, M. T., Carter, J. D., Inder, M. L., & Joyce, P. R. (2013). Further evidence for slow binocular rivalry rate as a trait marker for bipolar disorder. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 47(4), 371-379. doi: 10.1177/0004867412474105

Crowe, M., Porter, R., Inder, M., Lacey, C., Carlyle, D., & Wilson, L. (2012). Effectiveness of interventions to improve medication adherence in bipolar disorder. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 46(4), 317-326. doi: 10.1177/0004867411428101

Douglas, K. M., Porter, R. J., & Johnston, L. (2012). Sensitivity to posed and genuine facial expressions of emotion in severe depression. Psychiatry Research, 196(1), 72-78. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2011.10.019

Douglas, K. M., & Porter, R. J. (2012). The effect of childhood trauma on pharmacological treatment response in depressed inpatients. Psychiatry Research, 200(2-3), 1058-1061. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2012.06.015

Douglas, K. M., & Porter, R. J. (2012). Associations between hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis function and facial emotion processing in depressed and control participants. Psychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences, 66(5), 442-450.

Coulston, C. M., Tanious, M., Mulder, R. T., Porter, R. J., & Malhi, G. S. (2012). Bordering on bipolar: The overlap between borderline personality and bipolarity. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 46(6), 506-521. doi: 10.1177/0004867412445528

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