Dr Joseph Hayes

Dr Joseph Hayes

Principal Research Fellow

Epidemiology & Applied Clinical Research

Division of Psychiatry

Joined UCL
31st Aug 2010

Research summary

Research areas:

  • Life course epidemiology of bipolar disorder, risk factors, prodrome, treatments and long-term outcomes, including physical health problems
  • Using routine data from primary and secondary care electronic health records and population cohorts to further the understanding of the epidemiology of severe mental illness
  • Pharmacoepidemiology and physical health effects in severe mental illness
  • Physical activity and mental health
  • Ecological Momentary Assessment of mood
  • Personalized treatments for severe mental illness
  • Social determinants of severe mental health problems
  • Drug re-purposing in psychiatry

Teaching summary

Current teaching commitments:

  • Epidemiology and social psychiatry module coordinator for UCL Mental Health Sciences Research MSc and Clinical Mental Health Sciences MSc
  • Epidemiology core module lectures and advances in understanding of bipolar disorder lecture for UCL Mental Health Sciences Research MSc and Clinical Mental Health Sciences MSc
  • Mood disorders lecture series for UCL Medical School
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists Membership examination teaching, UCL 


    University of Bristol
    Doctorate, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery |
    University College London
    Doctorate, Doctorat | 2017
    Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2014


    Dr Hayes has an MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD in Psychiatric Epidemiology from UCL.

    He is currently a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellow, an Honorary Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry in Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust and an Honorary Public Health Consultant at Public Health England. He is on the editorial board of the British Journal of Psychiatry and the International Journal of Bipolar Disorders. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council for Mental Health.

    He was previously a NIHR UCLH Biomedical Research Center Fellow, MRC Population Health Scientist Fellow. He completed psychiatric training in Oxford and North London.