Liam Mason
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Research interests

My direction of travel for research incorporates both my doctoral work investigating reward dysregulation in bipolar disorder as well as my post-doctoral research into the functional neurobiological mechanisms of psychological interventions. Drawing on my background as a clinician, I integrate neuroscience models and approaches with theory and practice in clinical psychology with the ultimate view of developing future interventions. I am currently combining these research and clinical streams by examining the interface between reward dysregulation and affective instability, primarily in bipolar disorder.

Biographical details

I am a highly specialist clinical psychologist currently working within a national and specialist service for psychosis, where I am the acting lead for the bipolar disorder pathway. I am also a visiting researcher and honorary clinical lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN).

After completing my BSc in Psychology and Neuroscience in 2007, I worked as a Psychological Therapist in one of the first IAPT services in the UK. In 2012 I was awarded my PhD which investigated the psychological mechanisms of impulsivity and risk-taking in bipolar disorder using cognitive neuroscience approaches. I then completed my training in clinical psychology at the IoPPN, qualifying in 2015.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy, Characterising neural mechanisms of reward processing in bipolar disorder using EEG and fMRI, University of Manchester

1 Oct 20091 Oct 2012

Award Date: 1 Oct 2012

External positions

Honorary Lecturer in Psychosis Studies, Institute of Psychiatry, London

1 Sept 2016 → …

Visiting Researcher, Institute of Psychiatry, London

1 Nov 20151 Nov 2016

Clinical Psychologist and Lead Clinician for Bipolar Disorder, S London & Maudsley NHS Fdn Trust, PICuP

31 Oct 2015 → …


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