Dr Katherine Gordon-Smith

Senior Research Fellow in Psychological Medicine

Mood Disorders Research Group

Contact Details

email: k.gordon-smith@worc.ac.uk

Katherine joined the University of Worcester in October 2015 previously working as Postdoctoral Researcher within the Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences at Cardiff University and then as a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham.

She is a senior member of the Mood Disorders Research Group. The broad aims of the group are to investigate genetic and other factors that may contribute to the aetiology of bipolar disorder and other related mood and psychotic illnesses, such as schizoaffective disorder and postpartum psychosis.

She is Chair of the College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences Research Ethics Committee.




2008 PhD Psychiatric Genetics - Cardiff University.
2005 Diploma in Research Methods (with distinction) - Cardiff University.
2000 BSc (Combined Hons) Psychology & Biology - Aston University.


She was one of the co-founders of the Bipolar Disorder Research Network (BDRN) , a group of researchers, clinicians and research participants in the UK involved in investigating the underlying causes of bipolar disorder. So far more than 7000 participants have been recruited to BDRN, which is one the largest sample of individuals with bipolar disorder in the world.

Katherine’s particular research interest is co-morbidities in bipolar disorder including migraine and anxiety. She oversees the running of the mood monitoring system True Colours which is currently being offered to BDRN members, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Oxford.  The system is delivering a vast amount of data to help understand more about how mood symptoms present over time in individuals with bipolar disorder and how they are affected by changes in routines such as sleep.

Katherine works closely with BDRN research champions, research participants with lived experience of bipolar disorder, who provide expert advice and input into the BDRN research programme and True Colours.


Katherine has been teaching undergraduate students for the past 15 years. She delivers lectures on mood disorders, research ethics and quantitative research methods across a range of disciplines, including, midwifery, advanced clinical practice and paramedic science and psychology. She supervises a number of undergraduate psychology research projects each year and runs sessions on the postgraduate Researcher Development Programme

Postgraduate supervision

Amy Perry, PhD completed 2019 (Supervisor) Investigating risk factors for postpartum psychosis in bipolar disorder

Emma Tickle, current PhD student (Supervisor) Examining the prevalence, clinical correlates and perceived impact of a borderline personality disorder diagnosis in individuals with bipolar disorder in the UK.

Kim Caldwell, current PhD student (Supervisor) Illness perceptions in people with bipolar disorder

Krista Easton, current PhD student (Supervisor) Autism spectrum conditions in bipolar disorder


Bipolar Disorder Research Network

British Psychological Society

International Society of Psychiatric Genetics

International Society for Bipolar Disorders


Total to date 75; h-index 37 (Jan 2020)

Link to Google Scholar profile page:



Gordon-Smith K, Perry A, Di Florio A, Forty L, Fraser C, Casanova-Dias M, Warne N, MacDonald T, Craddock N, Jones L and Jones I. Symptom profile of postpartum and non-postpartum manic episodes in bipolar I disorder: a within-subjects study (2020). Psychiatry Research, [Epub ahead of print]

Perry A, Gordon-Smith K, Di Florio A, Fraser C, Craddock N, Jones L and Jones I. Adverse childhood experiences and postpartum depression in bipolar disorder (2020). Journal of Affective Disorders, 263: 661-666


Gordon-Smith, K., Saunders, K., Geddes, J.R., Harrison, P.J., Hinds, C., Craddock, N., Jones, I., Jones, L. Large-scale roll out of electronic longitudinal mood-monitoring for research in affective disorders: Report from the UK bipolar disorder research network (2019). Journal of Affective Disorders, 246: 789–793.

Serra, F., Gordon‐Smith, K., Perry, A., Fraser, C., Di Florio, A., Craddock, N., Jones, I., Jones, L. Agitated depression in bipolar disorder (2019). Bipolar Disorders, 21: 547–555.

Perry A, Gordon-Smith K, Webb I, Fone E, Di Florio A, Craddock N, Jones I and Jones L. Postpartum psychosis in bipolar disorder: no evidence of association with personality traits, cognitive style or affective temperaments (2019). BMC Psychiatry, 19 (1): 395.

Marwaha, S., Briley, P.M., Perry, A., Rankin, P., DiFlorio, A., Craddock, N., Jones, I., Broome, M., Gordon-Smith, K., Jones, L. Explaining why childhood abuse is a risk factor for poorer clinical course in bipolar disorder: a path analysis of 923 people with bipolar I disorder (2019). Psychological Medicine, [Epub ahead of print]

Lewis, K.J.S., Richards, A., Karlsson, R., Leonenko, G., Jones, S.E., Jones, H.J., Gordon-Smith, K., Forty, L., Escott-Price, V., Owen, M.J., Weedon, M.N., Jones, L., Craddock, N., Jones, I., Landén, M., O’Donovan, M.C., Di Florio, A. Comparison of Genetic Liability for Sleep Traits Among Individuals With Bipolar Disorder I or II and Control Participants (2019). JAMA Psychiatry, [Epub ahead of print]

The Bipolar Disorder Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium. Genome-wide association study identifies 30 loci associated with bipolar disorder (2019). Nature Genetics, 51: 793-803.


Gordon-Smith, K., Craddock, N., Green, E., Grozeva, D., Tavadia, S., Jones, L., 2018. Genotype – phenotype correlations in Darier disease : A focus on the neuropsychiatric phenotype (2018). American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B Neuropsychiatric. Genetics. 177: 717–726.

Di Florio A, Gordon-Smith K, Forty L, Kosorok MR, Fraser C, Perry A, Bethell A, Craddock N, Jones L and Jones I. Stratification of the risk of bipolar disorder recurrences in pregnancy and postpartum (2018). British Journal of Psychiatry, 213(3): 542-547.

Lewis KJS, Di Florio A, Forty L, Gordon-Smith K, Perry A, Cradock N, Jones L and Jones I. Mania triggered by sleep loss and risk of postpartum psychosis in women with bipolar disorder (2018). Journal of Affective Disorders, 225: 624-629


Gordon-Smith, K., Jones, L., Forty, L., Craddock, N., Jones, I., 2017. Changes to the Diagnostic Criteria for Bipolar Disorder in DSM-5 Make Little Difference to Lifetime Diagnosis: Findings from the UK BDRN Study. American Journal of Psychiatry, 174: 803.

Lewis, K.S., Gordon-Smith, K., Forty, L., Di Florio, A., Craddock, N., Jones, L., Jones, I., Florio, A. Di, Craddock, N., Jones, L., Jones, I., Di Florio, A., Craddock, N., Jones, L., Jones, I., 2017. Sleep loss as a trigger of mood episodes in bipolar disorder : individual differences based on diagnostic subtype and gender. British Journal of  Psychiatry, 211: 169–174.

Perry A, Gordon-Smith K, Jones L and Jones I. A visual timeline tool for tracking mood and medication perinatally in affective disorders (2017). Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 20(5): 709-710


Marwaha, S., Gordon-Smith, K., Broome, M., Briley, P.M.M., Perry, A., Forty, L., Craddock, N., Jones, I., Jones, L., Affective instability, childhood trauma and major affective disorders (2016). Journal of Affective Disorders, 190: 764–771.

Perry A, Gordon-Smith K, Di Florio A, Forty L, Craddock N, Jones L and Jones I. Adverse Childhood Life Events and Postpartum Psychosis in Bipolar Disorder (2016). Journal of Affective Disorders, 205: 69-72


Gordon-Smith K, Forty L, Chan C, Knott S, Jones I, Craddock N, Jones LA. Rapid cycling as a feature of bipolar disorder and comorbid migraine (2015). Journal of Affective Disorders, 175:320-4.

Jones L, Metcalf A, Gordon-Smith K, Forty L, Perry A, Lloyd J, Geddes JR, Goodwin G.M, Jones I, Craddock N and Rogers, RD The prevalence and distribution of gambling problems in bipolar disorder in the United Kingdom (2015). British Journal of Psychiatry 207:328-33.



External responsibilities

Katherine has presented her research at numerous national and international conferences. She regularly presents research findings and updates at research meetings and to healthcare professionals and patient support groups.

She is a review editor for Frontiers in Psychiatry: Mood and Anxiety Disorders.

Katherine is a peer reviewer for the academic journals Bipolar Disorders, Journal of Affective disorders, Frontiers in Psychiatry and the British Journal of Psychiatry.