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    United Kingdom

1993 …2019
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I am interested in the Genetic Epidemiology of Psychosis and Substance Misuse. This involves using molecular and epidemiological approaches to look at the complex causal pathways for psychiatric illnes I am also interested in the overlap between movement disorder and psychiatric symptoms and the use of stratified medicine approaches to treatment of psychosis.I am a consultant Psychiatrist in the Belfast HSC Trust and am part of a resettlement team that is responsible for the community rehabilitation of patients with long term illness. I am interested in developing measures of Recovery in this group of Patients, we have been funded by the DHSSPSNI to do a Rapid Review of these measures. I have an interest in Creativity and Mental Health and have been part of a HTA funded trial of Art Therapy. I I'm a member of a Northern Ireland Public Health Research Network subgroup interested in Arts In Health


I teach and help organise the undergraduate medical course in Psychiatry. I have recently Produced a reportreviewing the  delivery of teaching at an undergraduate level in conjunction with a representative group of Psychatrists from Northern Ireland. We have produced a report with a number of suggestions  as a result of focus group work with undergraduates and Psychatrists. I also teach on the psychopharmacology course in third year.  I have organised aStudent Selected Component on Creativity and Mental illness.
I am the organiser  of the postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health, This is a course which is run twice a year and attract up to 60 Foundation year and GP trainees. Unlike other parts of the United Kingdom Northern Ireland does not have a recruitment problem in psychiaty. The undergraduate program and the postgraduate diploma are recognised as important factors in recruitment and retention.

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Projects 2014 2015

Research Output 1993 2019

74 Downloads (Pure)

A polygenic resilience score moderates the genetic risk for schizophrenia

Schizophrenia Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium & O'Neill, F., 06 Sep 2019, In : Molecular Psychiatry. 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Disease Resistance
public health
narrative interview
10 Citations (Scopus)

Gene expression imputation across multiple brain regions provides insights into schizophrenia risk

CommonMind Consortium & O'Neill, F., 01 Apr 2019, In : Nature Genetics. 51, 4, p. 659-674 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Genome-Wide Association Study
Prefrontal Cortex
Tay-Sachs Disease
Gene Expression
1 Citation (Scopus)

Genomic Relationships, Novel Loci, and Pleiotropic Mechanisms across Eight Psychiatric Disorders

Cross-Disorder Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium. Electronic address: plee0@mgh.harvard.edu & O'Neill, F., 12 Dec 2019, In : Cell. 179, 7, p. 1469-1482.e11

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Tourette Syndrome
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Anorexia Nervosa

Activities 1998 2019

“Art for the senses”

Francis O'Neill (Participant)
29 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


Francis O'Neill (Member of programme committee)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

External Examiner for PhD at Glasgow University

Francis O'Neill (Examiner)

Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

British Medical Association (External organisation)

Francis O'Neill (Advisor)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of national or international committees and working groups

Press / Media

Mind over Matter Irish News Column

Francis O'Neill


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Other