Out of place: Towards an integrated understanding of the social epidemiology of psychotic disorder
Although ubiquitous globally, psychotic disorders show strong social gradients by both individual attributes and geographical region, established via ground-breaking psychiatric epidemiology beginning in the U.S. and subsequently exported to Europe and beyond. Despite almost a century of research on this topic, persistent inequalities in the risk of psychotic disorders by both person and place remain, with potentially vital implications for etiology, public health and service provision.
Using examples from his own research, Kirkbride will in this talk explore how the roles of place - and being out of place - may be causally related to risk of psychotic disorders. Kirkbride will highlight the importance of incorporating multiple levels of causation and spatial dimensions into epidemiological models of risk, and explore how we can use observational epidemiology to strengthen both causal inference and effective delivery of psychosis treatment programs.
James Kirkbride is Reader in Epidemiology at the University College London. He is a psychiatric epidemiologist interested in understanding the links between social adversity, neighbourhoods, migration and minority status and psychosis risk. He leads the PsyLife research group at the Division of Psychiatry, University College London. The group focuses on investigating the links between our social and economic environments and the risk of developing psychiatric problems later in life. For more information about James Kirkbride and his research, see PsyLife.