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 Joanna Martin

Joanna Martin

Research Associate, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

School of Medicine

2.28, Hadyn Ellis Building, Maindy Road, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ

My research bridges the fields of epidemiology, psychiatry, and genomics. My main interests concern investigating genetic risks for neurodevelopmental phenotypes, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and related population traits. I am particularly interested in understanding the mechanisms through which boys are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders compared to girls. 

In 2019, I completed a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship project titled: "A genetic study examining sex differences in the prevalence of ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders". The project involved collaborations with researchers at the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research, Broad Institute (Cambridge, USA), the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm, Sweden), as well as the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics at Cardiff University. 

I completed my PhD within the section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics in 2014. The title of my thesis was “Examining the Clinical and Genetic Overlap of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder Traits” and it can be downloaded freely.

Prior to my PhD, I obtained a BSc in Experimental Psychology from the University of Bristol and then worked as a Research Assistant at Cardiff University, collecting data and performing analyses as part of the Study of ADHD, Genes and Environment.