Joseph Firth


Research Fellow, NICM

Dr Joe Firth joined NICM in 2017 as a Research Fellow focused in mental health and clinical research. His research investigates novel interventions for improving recovery in people with psychotic disorders, such as ‘mobile health’ interventions and most recently nutritional supplementation.

Dr Firth’s research and paper published in World Psychiatry (October 2017), received international interest confirming smartphone apps are an effective treatment option for depression, paving the way for safe and accessible interventions for the millions of people around the world diagnosed with this condition.

In 2017, he completed his MRC-funded PhD in Medicine at The University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. His PhD investigated the benefits of physical exercise for young people in the early stages of psychotic disorders. During his PhD, he conducted a range of feasibility studies, qualitative investigations and meta-analyses around exercise for psychosis. Mr Firth also holds a Bachelor’s degree in science psychology from Sheffield University in the United Kingdom, which he completed in 2012.

Research focus

  • Mental health
  • Psychosis
  • Psychiatry
  • Technology and mobile health interventions
  • Nutraceutical

Awards and recgonitions

  • 2013 President’s Doctoral Scholarship Award, University of Manchester
  • 2012 Special Commendation, University of Sheffield
  • 2012 Undergraduate Award, British Psychological Society


The University of Manchester


  • 2017 PhD Medicine, The University of Manchester
  • 2012 BSc (1st Hons) Psychology, The University of Sheffield


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