Organisation: Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, UK
Health inequality in times of crisis: alleviating the impact of unemployment and poverty
Stephen Stansfeld is Professor of Psychiatry and Head of the Centre for Psychiatry at Barts and the London, Queen Mary University of London. His research interests include the effects of the physical and social environment on mental health. He has been involved in several studies examining environmental noise and mental health. He was previously Co-Director of the Whitehall II Study and is particularly interested in inequalities and mental health and the psychosocial work environment and social support as predictors of mental health. He is also interested in prevention of mental ill health at work and has co-edited books on psychosocial pathways to coronary heart disease and the impact of the environment on psychiatric disorder. He is principal investigator of the RELACHS Study, a longitudinal cohort study of adolescent mental health in east London. This multidisciplinary study has explored risk and protective factors for adolescent mental health and what factors convey resilience including educational achievement, social support and cultural identity. In 2009 he carried out a similar study in Cape Town Schools in collaboration with the University of Cape Town. He also works as a consultant psychiatrist in psychiatric rehabilitation in the East London NHS Foundation Trust.