Professor Lisa Jones


Professor of Psychological Medicine

Mood Disorders Research Group

Contact Details

tel: +44(0)1905 54 2801

Lisa Jones is Professor of Psychological Medicine and leads the Mood Disorders Research Group. She has been researching the causes of major mental illnesses for over 25 years.

Lisa qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Manchester in 1993. She went on to work as a Research Associate in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Wales College of Medicine (now part of Cardiff University). She commenced her PhD in Psychiatric Genetics in 1995 within the same department, and this was awarded in 1999 when she continued her work at Cardiff as a post-doctoral researcher. She moved to the University of Birmingham as a Lecturer in Psychiatry in 2000, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2005. In October 2015 she took up a new Chair in Psychological Medicine at the University of Worcester.


PhD Psychiatric Genetics - University of Wales College of Medicine. 

BSc (Hons) Psychology - University of Manchester.

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education - University of Birmingham.



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

Lisa founded and leads the UK Bipolar Disorder Research Network (BDRN) in collaboration with colleagues at Cardiff University. With funding from two of the world’s leading medical research charities, the Wellcome Trust and the Stanley Medical Research Institute, BDRN is recruiting one of the largest research samples of individuals with bipolar disorder in the world (currently, 7000+ and counting).


Lisa has been teaching in higher education for more than 25 years. She has wide experience of programme/module design and leadership, teaching, examination, and research supervision at undergraduate and postgraduate level to students of both science and medicine. She won both the Head of School’s Prize and Head of College’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2010, and in 2015 she won the Award for Outstanding Teaching in the College of Medical & Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham.

Lisa is currently a member of the project group developing the Three Counties Medical School at the University of Worcester. 


Postgraduate supervision

Lisa has successfully supervised many PhD students to completion.

Her current PhD students include:

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

Gemma McCullough, Physical activity and sedentary behaviour in bipolar disorder.

Joanne Johnson, Perinatal mental health referral decisions among midwives and health visitors.

Kim Caldwell, Illness perceptions in people with bipolar disorder.

Emma Tickle, Examining the prevalence, clinical correlates and perceived impact of a borderline personality disorder diagnosis in individuals with bipolar disorder in the UK.

Krisztina Easton, Autism spectrum conditions in bipolar disorder.



Bipolar Disorder Research Network 

British Psychological Society

International Society for Bipolar Disorders

International Society of Psychiatric Genetics

Psychiatric Genetics Consortium


Total publications 215; h-index 69 (correct January 2020)

Link to Google Scholar profile page:


K Gordon-Smith, A Perry, A Di Florio, L Forty, C Fraser, MC Dias, T MacDonald, N Craddock, L Jones, I Jones (2020) Symptom profile of postpartum and non-postpartum manic episodes in bipolar I disorder: a within-subjects study. Psychiatry Research. In press.

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

KJS Lewis, A Richards, R Karlsson, G Leonenko, S Jones, H Jones, K Gordon-Smith, L Forty, V Escott-Price, MJ Owen, M Weedon, L Jones, N Craddock, I Jones, MC O’Donovan, A Di Florio (2020) Comparison of Genetic Liability for Sleep Traits Among Individuals With Bipolar Disorder I or II and Control Participants. JAMA Psychiatry. In press.

S.Marwaha, P. M. Briley, A. Perry, P. Rankin, M. R. Broome, A. DiFlorio, N. Craddock, I. Jones, K. Gordon-Smith, L. Jones (2020) 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. Psychological Medicine. In press.


Francesca Serra, Katherine Gordon-Smith, Amy Perry, Christine Fraser, Arianna Di Florio, Nick Craddock, Ian Jones, Lisa Jones (2019) Agitated depression in bipolar disorder. Bipolar Disorders 21:547-555.

Bipolar Disorder Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (2019) Genome-wide association study identifies 30 Loci Associated with Bipolar Disorder. Nature Genetics 51:793-803.

K Gordon-Smith, K Saunders, JR Geddes, PJ Harrison, C Hinds, N Craddock, I Jones, L Jones (2019) Large-scale roll out of electronic longitudinal mood-monitoring for research in affective disorders: report from the UK Bipolar Disorder Research Network. Journal of Affective Disorders 246:789-793.


Gordon-Smith K, Green E, Grozeva D, Tavadia S, Craddock N, Jones L (2018) Genotype-phenotype correlations in 75 individuals with Darier disease - a focus on the neuropsychiatric phenotype. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics 177: 717-726.

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


K. Gordon-Smith, L.A. Jones, L. Forty, N. Craddock, I. Jones (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(8):803.

K Swaden Lewis, K Gordon-Smith, L Forty, A Di Florio, N Craddock, L Jones, I Jones (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.

EK Green, A DiFlorio, L Forty, K Gordon-Smith, D Grozeva, C Fraser, A Richards, JL Moran, S Purcell, P Sklar, G Kirov, MJ Owen, MC O’Donovan, N Craddock, L Jones, I Jones (2017) Genome wide significant locus for Research Diagnostic Criteria Schizoaffective Disorder Bipolar Type. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics. 174(8):767-771.

A Abu-Akel, J Clark, A Perry, SJ Wood, L Forty, N Craddock, I Jones, K Gordon-Smith, L Jones (2017) Autistic and Schizotypal Traits and Global Functioning in Bipolar Disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders 207:268-275.


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

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


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

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

External Responsibilities

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

She presented at the Hay Festival in 2016: Exploring the poles: in search of a deeper understanding of bipolar disorder.

She is Associate Editor for the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry: Mood and Anxiety Disorders, and regularly peer reviews manuscripts for many journals including: American Journal of Psychiatry; British Journal of Psychiatry; Bipolar Disorders; Psychiatry Research; Journal of Affective Disorders.

Lisa has peer reviewed research funding applications for numerous bodies including: Wellcome Trust; Medical Research Council (MRC); Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC); Department of Health; Cancer Research UK.


Recent External Examinerships (undergraduate):

MBChB, Newcastle University (2019-2022).

BMedSci/MB BS, University of Nottingham (2015-2019).

MBChB, University of Manchester (2011-2015).