August 2, 2017
Meet the Speaker: Helen Fisher
2018 Plenary Speaker IV: “What Makes Trauma Traumatic… and for whom?”
Evidence from longitudinal studies
Senior Lecturer, Social Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry,
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London
Dr Helen L. Fisher is a Senior Lecturer and MQ Fellow based in the Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, UK. She has an interdisciplinary background in psychology, social psychiatry, epidemiology, genetics and epigenetics funded through pre- and post-doctoral fellowships from the UK Medical Research Council and the Economic & Social Research Council. Her work has attracted several national awards, including the British Psychological Society Award for Outstanding Doctoral Contributions to Psychology and the British Medical Association Margaret Temple Award for Schizophrenia, as well as three international young investigator awards.
Dr. Fisher has spent 16 years researching the aetiology and treatment of psychosis in young people. Her initial research involved evaluating Early Intervention Services for young people with psychosis and then focused on the role of childhood maltreatment in the development and course of psychosis. For her current MQ Fellows Award she is extending this work to explore the social, psychological and epigenetic factors that increase and decrease the risk of psychotic experiences persisting during adolescence among children exposed to various forms of adversity using population-based longitudinal samples.
She is also jointly leading projects exploring epigenetic signatures of exposure to psychosocial stressors in adolescence; biopsychosocial markers of resilience following exposure to childhood maltreatment; and the role of air pollution in the development of adolescent mental health problems. Additionally, she is passionate about collaborating with artists to find creative ways to engage the public in discussions about psychosis and reduce the stigma associated with these experiences and has recently been involved in 3 theatre productions and a sold-out immersive psychosis exhibition in London.