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Department of Psychological Medicine Christchurch

Te Tari Whakaora Hinengaro Tangata – Rangahau

The Department of Psychological Medicine in Christchurch has two major streams of research: 1) Clinical Research 2) Health and Development Study.

1. Clinical Research

The Clinical Research Unit (Mental Health) has an established platform of research projects related to improving treatments and outcomes for those with serious mental health disorders.

Current research activities and thesis opportunities:

Psychotherapy for mood disorders

Professor Marie Crowe, Dr Jenny Jordan, Dr Maree Inder

Improving functioning in mood disorders

Professor Marie Crowe, Professor Richard Porter, Dr Katie Douglas, Dr Maree Inder

Neurocognitive interventions for mood disorders

Professor Richard Porter, Dr Katie Douglas

Family interventions in mood disorders

Dr Maree Inder and Dr Dave Carlyle

The experience of and recovery from psychiatric disorders

Professor Marie Crowe and Dr Dave Carlyle

Psychological consequences of disasters and trauma

Dr Caroline Bell, Dr Ben Beaglehole and Professor Richard Porter

Psychological adaptation to medical illness

Professor Lois Surgenor

Personality disorders and treatment

Professor Roger Mulder, Dr Dave Carlyle

Māori mental health

Dr Cameron Lacey

Eating disorders

Professor Lois Surgenor, Dr Jenny Jordan

Anxiety disorders and treatment

Associate Professor Caroline Bell, Dr Ben Beaglehole, Dr Jenny Jordan

Addiction and co-existing disorders

Professor Doug Sellman, Associate Professor Simon Adamson, Dr James Foulds

Current and on-going projects

Psychotherapy and Cognitive Enhancement for Depressive Disorders

Hercus Fellowship funded by HRC.
Investigators: Katie Douglas, Richard Porter, Marie Crowe

Inpatient Activation Therapy for Depression

Project grant funded by HRC.
Investigators: Richard Porter, Katie Douglas, Marie Crowe, Jenny Jordan

Māori and Bipolar Disorder

Project grant funded by Rangahau Hauora Māori (HRC).
Investigators: Cameron Lacey, Suzanne Pitama, Ruth Cunnigham, James Stanley, Jo Baxter, Sue Crengle, Roger Mulder, Richard Porter, Marie Crowe

First-episode psychosis in Māori

Project grant funded by Rangahau Hauora Māori (HRC).
Investigators: Cameron Lacey, Suzanne Pitama, Ruth Cunnigham, James Stanley, Sue Crengle, Richard Porter, Marie Crowe,

Intensive Rhythm Therapy for Treatment-resistant Bipolar Disorder

Feasibility grant funded by HRC.
Investigators: Richard Porter, Marie Crowe, Katie Douglas, Maree Inder

Translating Social Rhythm Therapy into Community Mental Health Services

Feasibility grant funded by HRC.
Investigators: Richard Porter, Marie Crowe, Maree Inder

A family intervention for mood disorders

Project funded by the Gamma Foundation.
Investigators: Maree Inder, Dave Carlyle, Marie Crowe, Richard Porter

Patients’ experiences of the functional effects of mood disorders

Project funded by NZ Lotteries.
Investigators: Marie Crowe, Katie Douglas, Maree Inder, Hayley Wells

Transdiagnostic group cognitive behavioural therapy for depression and anxiety in primary care

Feasibility grant funded by HRC.
Investigators: Caroline Bell, Richard Porter, Jenny Jordan

Projects in development

  • Tele-Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy for mood disorders

  • Psychological effects of the March 15 Mosque attacks

  • Role of Cytokines in Bipolar Disorder

2. Health and Development Study

The Christchurch Health and Development Study (CHDS) has followed the health, education and life progress of a group of 1,265 children born in the Christchurch (New Zealand) urban region during mid 1977.

Contact Professors John Horwood or Joseph Boden for further information and study opportunities.