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Kathryn Abel, PhD
Kathryn Abel, PhD
Professor of psychological medicine and director of the Centre for Women’s Mental Health, University of Manchester, UK
“I’m fascinated by the study of the mental health of women and mothers. Through my work as a professor, researcher, and clinician, I aim to advance scientific knowledge on these topics and support women around the globe who are going through mental health challenges with empowering and educational resources, especially during the pregnancy and postpartum period.”
Areas of expertise
  • Psychological medicine
  • Reproductive psychiatry
  • Women’s mental health
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
“At Flo, I enjoy advising on and reviewing content related to the mental health of mothers. Depression during pregnancy and in the postpartum period is common, and I want to help disseminate evidence-based resources to as many people as possible to support their mental well-being during this important time of transition in their lives.”
— Kathryn Abel, PhD
  • University of Manchester – Professor of psychological medicine and reproductive psychiatry
  • Manchester Centre for Women’s Mental Health – Founder and lead 
  • Over 100 research publications in peer-reviewed journals, six edited books, and several published chapters and abstracts
  • National Institute for Health and Care Research’s Local Clinical Research Network Greater Manchester Division 4 – Lead for dementias and neurodegeneration, mental health, and neurology
  • Oxford University – MBBS and PhD
  • Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience – Psychiatry training, 1991–2001
Awards and achievements
  • Recipient of a European Research Council Consolidator award
  • Frequent speaker at international medical and scientific conferences
  • Five-year Medical Research Council research fellowship
  • Developed a number of important international research collaborations in Scandinavia, Australia, and the United States
  • Developed an e-learning tool to improve reproductive (and pregnancy-related) health in patients with mental illness
Academic memberships
  • Member of the Royal College of Psychiatry Academic Faculty Executive Committee
Appearances and publications in other media
The British Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 217, no. 1, pp. 354–63.,
01 Jul 2020
Effects of Parental Mental Illness on Children’s Physical Health: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Archives of Women’s Mental Health, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 179–87.,
01 Apr 2019
Neural Pathways of Maternal Responding: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Flo articles reviewed by Kathryn Abel, PhD
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