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 Joanna Martin

Joanna Martin

Research Fellow, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

School of Medicine

Email
martinjm1@cardiff.ac.uk
Campuses
Hadyn Ellis Building, Maindy Road, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ

Overview

I am a Research Fellow and I am interested in the impact of genetic risk factors on child psychiatric and neurodevelopmental phenotypes, practicularly attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and related population traits. I am also interested in understanding why males are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders and why females are more likely to be diagnosed with anxiety and depressive disorders. My research bridges the fields of epidemiology, psychiatry, and genomics.

Biography

I am a Research Fellow, currently funded by a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation on a project titled: "Investigating Sex Differences in Risk for Common Mental Health Problems".

I was previously funded by the Welsh Government/EU (Sêr Cymru COFUND award) and a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship. As part of the Wellcome Trust fellowship, I was based at the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research, Broad Institute (Cambridge, USA) and the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm, Sweden), in addition to 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.

Honours and awards

  • NARSAD Young Investigator Grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (2021)
  • Fellows Award (MQ). Co-investigator (2021)
  • MRC Adolescence, Mental Health and the Developing Mind: Engagement Award (MRC). Co-investigator (2020)
  • Sêr Cymru MCSA COFUND Fellowship funded by EU Horizon 2020 & Welsh Government (2019)
  • Sagvolden Eunethydis Junior Travel Scholarship (2016)
  • Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015)
  • Travel Award for Eunethydis 3rd International ADHD conference (2014)
  • Conference Travel Grant, The Genetics Society (2014)
  • Early Researcher Support Grant, Cardiff University (2013)
  • Travel Award Eunethydis 2nd International ADHD conference (2012)
  • Wellcome Trust Vacation Scholarship (2006)
  • Sidney Perry Foundation Grant (2005/2006)

Academic positions

  • Research Fellow (03.2019 – current) MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics, Cardiff University
  • Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow (03.2018 – 02.2019) MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics, Cardiff University
  • Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow (03.2016 – 02.2018) Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow (02.2015 – 02.2016) Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston & Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, USA
  • Research Associate (01.2015 – 02.2015) MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics, Cardiff University
  • PhD Student (01.2012 – 12.2014) MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics, Cardiff University
  • Assistant Research Psychologist (02.2010 – 12.2011) Department of Psychological Medicine, Cardiff University

Committees and reviewing

  • Associate Editor, JCPP Advances
  • Equality Diversity and Inclusivity Committee Member, Division of Psychological Medicine & Clinical Neurosciences, Cardiff University
  • Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC) Data Access Committee Representative for ADHD Working Group
  • Peer reviewer (various)

Publications

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2014

2013

2011