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Dr Elizabeth Forty

Dr Elizabeth Forty

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

School of Medicine

Email
fortyl@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2068 8416
Campuses
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 MBBCh vertical theme 'Understanding People', emcompassing the behavioural and social sciences, mental health and wellbeing, and equality and diversity. I am also MBBCh year 4 Deputy Director.

I am a Senior Fellow of the HEA, member of the RCPsych's UG Education Forum, and member of the Association of University Teachers in Psychiatry (AUTP). 

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.

Prior to my appointment as Lecturer in Psychiatry at Cardiff University in 2013 (promoted to Senior Lecturer 2018), 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.

Career Overview

  • 2019: Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • 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

  • Medic Star Award for contribution to Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity 2019
  • 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

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the RCPsych UG Education Forum
  • Member of the Academy of Medical Educators
  • Member of the Association of University Teachers in Psychiatry

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MBBCh

Deputy Director Year 4

Vertical Theme Lead [Understanding People] encompassing the social and behavioural aspects of medicine, equality and diversity, mental health and wellbeing, and ethics and law.

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]

My research within Medical Education focuses on medical student health and wellbeing; innovations in undergraduate psychiatry teaching (with a focus on addressing stigma); and integration of the behavioural and social sciences within undergraduate 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.

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

I have supervised two PhD students (Sarah Knott 2017; Bipolar Disorder, Epilepsy and Migraine: Katie Lewis 2018; Bipolar Disorder and Sleep) and an Mphil student (Naomi Marfell 2019; Student mental health and wellbeing) to completion.

I work with the National Centre for Mental Health and third sector charities and organisations to support the involvement of people with personal or family experience of mental illness in the development and delivery of the mental health components of the undergraduate medicine programme (MBBCh).

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.