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Professor Steven Jones


Steven Jones

Lancaster University

Furness Building



Tel: +44 1524 593382

Research overview

The focus of my research is the psychology and psychology treatment of severe mental health problems with a particular focus on bipolar disorder and related conditions. In conducting this research I work extensively with individuals with lived experience of mental health issues to ensure that the research focusses on areas of importance to service users. Work to date has led to the development of a series new interventions to help people living with bipolar ranging from web-based self management support to intensive face-to-face psychological therapy to enhance personal recovery.

Current Research

  1. 2007-2014 - £1, 950 000 -  Morrison, A, Jones, S. et al. Psychological approaches to understanding and promoting recovery from psychosis (RECOVERY). National Institute for Health Research Programme Grant. PI for Stream 5 (Bipolar Disorder)
  2. 2008 -2014 – £1 997, 000 - Jones, S (CI), Morriss, R., Lobban, F., et al. Reducing relapse and suicide in bipolar disorder: Practical clinical approaches to identifying risk, reducing harm and engaging service users in planning and delivery of care (PARADES). National Institute for Health Research Programme Grant.
  3. 2010-2014 £150,000 Jones, S. Victoria and Milo Cripps Trust. Post Doctoral Fellowship in Memory of Lord Milo Douglas
  4. 2012-2015  Jones, S., Lobban, F., Mayes, D., Calam, R, Parker, R & Sanders, M. Web-based Integrated Bipolar Parenting Intervention for Bipolar Parents of Young Children Medical Research Council £380,000

  5. 2012-2015 Lobban, F., Jones, S., Dodd, A., Diggle, P., Morriss, R., Mallinson, S., Stevenson-Turner, K Pilot Study to Assess the Feasibility of a Web-based Intervention for Prevention of Relapse in Bipolar Disorder NIHR Research for Patient Benefit £250, 000

  6. 2014-2015- £50, 000 - Jones, S. Post doctoral fellowship in research infrastructure development. Cumbria and Lancashire Comprehensive Local Research Network/ North Lancs Primary Care Trust.

  7. 2012-2014 £250,000 Jones,S & Lobban, F. Development and Evaluation of National Bipolar Disorder Demonstration Site. IAPT/DOH.

  8. 2012-2017. NIHR School for Public Health Research. LiLaC member (collaboration between the University of Liverpool and the University of Lancaster led by Whitehead, M and Popay, J. £450K per annum).

  9. 2014-2019 NIHR CLARHC North West Coast (Co-lead for self management intervention stream within mental health theme). £9 million.

Research Interests

Bipolar disorder affects about 1 million people in the UK. It is characterised by periods of elevated mood (mania) and low mood (depression).  In between these periods people with this diagnosis often continue to experience significant levels of mood problems which can interfere with their relationships, quality of life and work. Traditionally bipolar disorder has been treated with medication as the front line therapy. However, there is clear evidence that many individuals do not take their medication as prescribed and even amongst those who do clinical benefits can be quite limited.  This has led to increasing calls for the development of effective psychological therapies to supplement pharmacological interventions.  Since founding the Spectrum Centre in 2008 we have 7 randomised controlled trials either completed or ongoing on novel psychological interventions for bipolar disorder. This work has included a definitive trial of group psychoeducation compared with peer support, and studies of the benefits of recovery focussed CBT for comorbid anxiety in bipolar disorder and integrated psychological therapy for comorbid alcohol problems. We also have web based studies exploring the benefits of psychoeducation and relapse prevention and a study of providing web based parenting support for bipolar parents. The diversity of these approaches reflects the heterogeneity of people’s needs in relation to this condition. In addition to intervention studies we have also conducted work on the psychological processes associated with bipolar disorder including try understand more about both the positive and negative experiences that people living with bipolar disorder report. Recent work has highlighted the importance of how people explain their experiences to themselves in influencing the extent to which life events lead to mood episodes. Additionally we have recently developed measures to allow us to quantify people’s experiences of personal recovery and inspiration which are both relevant to development of better and more effective treatments for people with bipolar disorder.


Our work has been supported by a range of funders including, NIHR programme grants, NIHR RfPB grants, MRC, ESRC, Cripps Trust and NHS Trusts.

Current Teaching

  1. 2009-2014 Faye Banks - Identifying mechanisms of change in Quality of Life and Relapse in Group Psychoeducation for Bipolar Disorder (Primary supervisor). Lancaster University. URS Award Studentship
  2. 2009-2014 Kay Hampshire – Relationships between anxiety symptoms, mood and appraisal in bipolar disorder (Primary supervisor). NIHR funded.
  3. 2009-2014 Laura Wainwright Carers needs and self management in bipolar disorder and psychosis   (Second supervisor). NIHR funded.
  4. 2009-2014 Heather Robinson Process of change in early warning sign detection in bipolar disorder (Second supervisor). NIHR funded.
  5. 2013-2016 Barbara Mezes. Understanding the experience and process of personal recovery in bipolar disorder (Primary supervisor). Faculty studentship with additional NHS funding.
  6. 20913-2016 Laura Hillier. Exploring therapeutic alliance in online interventions. (Second supervisor). ESRC Case Studentship.

PG Programmes - Contribute to:

  1. PhD in Mental Health

    • DHR.407 Adult mental health: Theory, research and practice
    • DHR 405 Summer and Autmun Academy

    MSc Programmes in Dept of Psychology

    • DHR.407a Adult mental health: Theory, research and practice

    PgCert in Clinical Research

  • DHR 410 Turning research evidence into health care policy and practice:

Additional Information

I am a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Co-Director of  the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research which sits within the Division of Health Research in the Faculty of Health and Medicine. I am Chair of the Divisional Research Committee, member of the Faculty Research Committee and member of the Division of Health Research Executive Committee.  I have contributed to the REF process primarily through providing one of the Faculty REF impact cases with my colleague Dr Lobban. I continue to have strong links with the NHS at national and local level including co-leading the only demonstration site for bipolar disorder treatment selected by the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme.  I am also a member of the Guideline Development Group for bipolar disorder for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. I have active research collaborations with the University and with national and international colleagues (mainly US and Canada).

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