The Impact of COVID-19 on Psychosis – Dr Ellie Brown

Webinar 18 in the UCD Academic Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Summer School series took place on Friday 18th September 2020. The speaker was Dr Ellie Brown, Research Fellow at Orygen Australia and the Centre for Youth Mental Health at the…

The Impact of COVID-19 on Psychosis - Dr Ellie Brown

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Webinar 18 in the UCD Academic Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Summer School series took place on Friday 18th September 2020. The speaker was Dr Ellie Brown, Research Fellow at Orygen Australia and the Centre for Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne.

Dr Ellie Brown is a counselling psychologist with a research background in clinical trials, literature reviews, and service development. She studied at the University of Oxford and the University of Bristol and has over 10 years of experience working clinically in various public mental health services in the UK as well as Qatar in the Middle East.

Dr Brown recently completed a rapid review of contemporary epidemic and pandemic research to assess the potential impact of COVID-19 on people with psychosis. The review, published in Schizophrenia Research, found an increase in the prevalence of psychosis as a result of COVID-19 would likely be associated with viral exposure, pre-existing vulnerability and psychosocial stress. The review also suggested that people with psychosis may present a major challenge and potential infection control risk to clinical teams working with them.

The Orygen research fellow has looked at published research on viruses such as MERS, SARS, swine influenza and other influenzas that have occurred in the past 20 years, to examine if there was any connection to how these viruses might impact people with psychosis.

Experienced in qualitative and quantitative methodologies, Dr Brown’s papers have been cited over 600 times to date. Dr Brown’s broad research interests are in the clinical and cost-effectiveness of mental health services and interventions as well as global mental health.

About the Webinar Series:
The aim of the Summer School is to provide up to date emerging knowledge and guidance on key issues arising from the current pandemic relating to psychological distress, mental health, psychiatric morbidity and service provision.
We hope in this way to share learnings and support our colleagues at the front line of service provision with inputs relevant to a variety of clinical areas pertaining to mental health. We hope to make this widely available to clinicians working within mental health.

About the UCD Academic Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Group
You can find out more about the work of the UCD Academic Child & Adolescent Psychiatry group here: http://www.ucd.ie/medicine/capsych/

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