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PSYC seminar – Optimizing quality of life in mood disorders: Unmet needs and opportunities

Mood disorders are some of the most prevalent and burdensome mental health conditions. However, the subjective impact of these conditions are not always encompassed by diagnostic symptom criteria. Quality of life (QoL) is a holistic treatment outcome with the potential to represent patient-valued outcomes in measurement-based care and clinical trials. Despite evidence that people with mood disorders value QoL improvements as much as symptom reduction, this outcome is relatively understudied.

This presentation summarises work from a PhD project and postdoctoral fellowship, with a specific focus on the unmet needs of people with bipolar disorder. Quantitative findings delineating the dynamic relationship between QoL and mood symptoms are reviewed. The subjective perspective of people with mood disorders is also explored in qualitative studies, with implications for the development of novel, QoL focused interventions.

About the speaker

Dr Emma Morton completed her PhD at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, before commencing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia. She is a psychologist and member of the Collaborative Research Team to Study Psychosocial Issues in Bipolar Disorder (CREST.BD). Her research seeks to optimize the measurement and treatment of outcomes valued by patients living with mood disorders, with particular interest in digital solutions to support self-management for people living with bipolar disorder.

Dr Morton is a 2021–2022 Canadian Institutes of Health Research Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, and was recently named the recipient of the 2021 Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Gerald L. Klerman Young Investigator Award.

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Date Monday, 7 November 2022
Time 9:00am - 10:00am
Audience Public,Undergraduate students,Postgraduate students,Staff,Alumni
Event Category Sciences
Event Type Seminar
CampusDunedin
DepartmentPsychology
LocationUniversity of Otago, Psychology Department, 275 Leith Walk, Dunedin and online via Zoom
CostFree
Contact NameNarun Pat
Contact Phone+64 3 479 4629
Contact Emailnarun.pat@otago.ac.nz
Websitehttps://www.otago.ac.nz/psychology/study/index.html

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