Causal analysis

Our work focuses on recognising and treating the root causes of mental health problems to identify intervention targets. This is called causal analysis. Some examples of our work include:

  • establishing the effects of adolescent alcohol use on cognitive processes and psychopathology in young adults, and investigating the contribution of adolescent drinking on liver function and fibrosis
  • determining causality of cannabis/tobacco for psychosis, and whether omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients (e.g. perinatally) affect schizophrenia and other neurodevelopmental outcomes such as autism
  • identifying targets for brief, automated, computer-based interventions that can modify biases and deficits in emotion recognition to treat depression