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Dr Steven Marwaha





WMS - Mental Health and Wellbeing
University of Warwick
Tel: 024 7615 1046

Research Interests

My research interests include the clinical and social outcomes of people with major mood disorders, including in their early phases. My research also currently focuses on understanding mood instability in the development of mental disorders, and its expression and significance in people with established mental illness.


I read Medicine at the University of Cambridge and then qualified as a Doctor at University College London (UCL). During my psychiatric training in north London, I completed an MSc in Psychiatric Theory and Research and worked as a Clinical Lecturer in Social and Community Psychiatry at UCL. My PhD, awarded in 2008, contained a series of studies and analyses on the subject of schizophrenia and employment. I took up my current post in 2009.

Current Research Projects:

  • Using technology to empower young people presenting to mental health services with mood regulation problems- Muna Dubad Funded by: Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, Project Start Date 01-10-2015 - Project End Date 30-09-2019
  • NIHR HTA via UCL supplement and extension: Randomised controlled trial of the clinical and cost effectiveness of a contingency management intervention for reduction of cannabis use and of relapse in early psychosis. Funded by: National Institute for Health Research (DoH), Project Start Date 01-07-2016 - Project End Date 31-10-2017

Research Projects

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  • Bowen, Rudy, Peters, Evyn M., Marwaha, Steven, Baetz, Marilyn, Balbuena, Lloyd, 2017. Moods in clinical depression are more unstable than severe normal sadness. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 8, View
  • Dubad, Muna, Winsper, Catherine, Meyer, Caroline, Livanou, Maria, Marwaha, Steven, 2017. A systematic review of the psychometric properties, usability, and clinical impacts of mobile mood-monitoring applications in young people. Psychological Medicine, View
  • Marwaha, Steven, Winsper, Catherine, Bebbington, Paul, Smith, Daniel, 2017. Cannabis use and hypomania in young people : a prospective analysis. Schizophrenia Bulletin, View
  • Scott, Jan, Marwaha, Steven, Ratheesh, Aswin, Macmillan, Iain, Yung, R., Morriss, R. K., Hickie, Ian, Bendolf, Andreas, 2016. Bipolar at-risk criteria : an examination of which clinical features have optimal utility for identifying youth at risk of early transition from depression to bipolar disorders. Schizophrenia Bulletin, View
  • Joyce, Katie, Thompson, Andrew David, Marwaha, Steven, 2016. Is treatment for bipolar disorder more effective earlier in illness course? A comprehensive literature review. International Journal of Bipolar Disorders, 4, View
Books and Chapters
  • Marwaha, Steven, Sal, Nina, Bebbington, Paul, 2016. Chapter 9 Bipolar disorder. In: McManus, S.; Bebbington, Paul; Jenkins, R.; Brugha, T. S. (Traolach S.); (ed.), Mental Health and Wellbeing in England : Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2014, Leeds, NHS Digitial, pp. 1-18, View

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Groups Affilliated To

Faculty of Academic Psychiatry (Royal College of Psychiatrists)

British Association of Psychopharmacology

International Society for Bipolar Disorders

International Association of Youth Mental Health


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Current Phd students:

Using Technology to empower young people with mood regulation problems. ESRC Warwick DTC Collaborative Studentship: Muna Dubad

The use of Enhanced Observations: Chirinder Sylvester


Potential PhD topics

PhDs proposals within the broad range of interests of my research profile are welcomed. I would be particularly interested in supervising PhDs on

1. Mood instability

2. Outcomes in early bipolar disorder.

3. The interface between emerging borderline persoanlity disorder and bipolar disorder