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Dr Sarah Sullivan


Currently I work as a Research Fellow in the Effectiveness Theme at NIHR CLAHRC West. I have investigated the association between duration of untreated psychosis and clinical outcomes as well as the risk factors for violence and self-harm in first episode psychosis. I have also investigated primary care consultations for prodromal symptoms of psychosis in the 5 years before a diagnosis of a psychotic disorder.

Previously I worked as an epidemiologist using data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children. I investigate risk factors for and outcomes of the psychotic experiences detected in a proportion of the cohort. I am also interested in using RCT methodology to investigate new intervention to improve both poor social functioning and other outcomes such as employment and further education and training in people with first episode psychosis.

I have also worked in mental health RCTs as a trial coordinator at the University of Bristol. Before the University of Bristol I was employed at the University of Plymouth in the Research and Development Support Unit