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Dr Elizabeth Forty

Dr Elizabeth Forty

Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

School of Medicine

+44 (0)29 2068 8416
2.04, Hadyn Ellis Building, Maindy Road, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ

As Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine I lead the Undergraduate Psychiatry team and also lead on the vertical theme 'Understanding People' within the MBBCh (C21 programme). I am also Deputy Director of Year 4 of the MBBCh.

I am one of the principal investigators for the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) and am a senior member of the Mood Disorders Research Group. I have a number of research interests in relation to medical education, with a focus on mental health, equality, diversity and inclusivity, and the behavioral and social science aspects of medical education.

I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2018, and completed my MSc in Medical Education in 2016. Prior to my appointment as Lecturer in Psychiatry at Cardiff University in 2013, I worked as a post doctoral researcher within the Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences at Cardiff University. I completed my PhD in psychiatric genetics at Cardiff in 2009. My thesis focused on dissecting the clinical phenotype of bipolar and unipolar affective disorders. Prior to starting my PhD studies in Cardiff, I worked as a research associate at the University of Birmingham on a large scale family genetic study of unipolar depression. I completed an MSc in Medical Education in 2016, and 

Career Overview

  • 2018: Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, Cardiff University
  • 2016: MSc in Medical Education (Merit)
  • 2016: Member of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2015: Member of the Academy of Medical Educators
  • 2014: Member of AUTP (Association of University Teachers in Psychiatry)
  • 2013-present: Lecturer, Cardiff University, School of Medicine, Centre for Medical Education.
  • 2008-2013: Post-Doctoral Researcher, Cardiff University, School of Medicine, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences.
  • 2005-2009: PhD Student, Cardiff University, School of Medince, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences.
  • 2005: Diploma in Research Methods (Distinction)
  • 2002-2005: Research Associate, University of Birmingham, Department of Psychiatry.
  • 2001: BA Psychology and Sociology (Joint Hons)

Honours and awards

  • BMA/BMJ Innovations in Teaching Award 2016
  • Cardiff University School of Medicine Innovations in Teaching Award 2015
  • NARSAD Young Investigator Award (2011)
  • Eli Lily International Young Investigators Fellowship in Bipolar Disorder (2009)

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Academy of Medical Educators
  • Member of the Association of University Teachers in Psychiatry
















Deputy Director Year 4

Vertical Theme Lead [Understanding People]

Psychiatry Lead [including Year 2 Mental Health Case, Year 4 Psychiatry module, Communication Skills in Mental Health and Psychiatry Student Selected Components (SSCs)]

Case Based Learning Facilitator

SSC Supervisor

Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) Tutor

iBSc in Medical Education - dissertation supervisor

iBSc in Psychological Medicine - dissertation supervisor

Divisional Teaching Lead [Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences, School of Medicine]

I am one of the principal investigators for the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) (a Health and Social Care Wales funded Biomedical Research Centre) and am the NCMH Cohort Lead.

I am also a senior member of the Mood Disorders Research Group. The broad aims of the group are to investigate genetic and environmental factors that contribute to the aetiology of bipolar disorder and related mood and psychotic illnesses. I have a specific interest in the relationship between physical illness and mood and psychotic disorders.

My research within Medical Education focuses on Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity curricula for undergraduate medical students; reducing stigma around mental health and psychiatry within the undergradute medical students population; and integration of the behavioural and social sciences within undergraduate medicine.

I supervise intercalated BSc Medical Education and Psychological Medicine student dissertations, as well as MSc in psychiatry dissertations.

I have supervised two PhD students to completion (Sarah Knott 2017; Bipolar Disorder, Epilepsy and Migraine: Katie Lewis 2018; Bipolar Disorder and Sleep)

I am also currently co-supervising MPhil student Naomi Marfell whose work focuses on student mental health and wellbeing.

I am currently working with Primary Schools in South Wales to develop mental health literacy in pupils.

I am part of the team developing the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences Patient and Public Involvement Network, and also work with the National Centre for Mental Health, and third sector charities and organisations to involve people with personal or family experience of mental illness in the development and delivery of our undergradute psychiatry programme.

I am also working with the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales in relation to recruitment and retention in Psychiatry, and the importance of promoting psychiatry within the undergraduate student population.

I am Director of the Annual Cardiff University Undergraduate Winter School in Psychiatry.