Dr Annabel Walsh

Annie completed her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at The University of Manchester and a Masters by Research in Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London. She then specialised in mental health research at The University of Oxford, Psychopharmacology and Emotion Research Laboratory focusing on depression, the dopamine reward system, and prediction of treatment response. She was awarded her DPhil Psychiatry in 2016 and continued this work for some time as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant. She then moved back to London as Research Information Officer for the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre at South Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London, whilst also obtaining PRINCE II project management accreditation. With her combined mental health research and project management skills, she became Senior Postdoctoral Research Project Manager for the MQ-funded Identifying Depression Early in Adolescence (IDEA) Project – an international, multidisciplinary consortium dedicated to finding new ways to identify those adolescents at risk of developing depression and improve early intervention / preventative strategies across the globe. During this role, Annie was also Team Lead for the Wellcome Trust Active Ingredients Commission 2021 focusing on a personal interest in the use of remote measurement technologies as predictive tools in depression and conducted a realist review in collaboration with the McPin Foundation Young People’s Network. With her own lived experience, Annie is a strong advocate for the involvement of experts by experience in all aspects of research, and is herself a member of several involvement initiatives, including the NIHR Maudsley BRC Feasibility and Acceptability Support Team for Researchers (FAST-R), the NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit Lived Experience Advisory Network (MHPRU-LEAN), and the McPin Foundation-facilitated Tailoring evidence-based psychological therapY for People with common mental disorder including Psychotic Experiences Lived Experience Advisory Panel (TYPPEX-LEAP). As such, it was meant to be and an honour to accept my current role as Senior Public Involvement in Research Facilitator for the new partnership between The McPin Foundation and University of Birmingham, Institute for Mental Health.