Dr. Mandy Johnstone
Consultant Psychiatrist & Physician Scientist
Dr. Mandy Johnstone, Consultant Psychiatrist & Physician Scientist, completed her PhD in developmental neurobiology at King’s College, London, and obtained her medical qualification from the University of Glasgow. Her psychiatric training took place at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience, followed by further specialization in Edinburgh as a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist. Subsequently, she returned to the Trust to contribute her expertise within the National Psychosis Unit.
Dr. Johnstone's research interests focus on the clinical and molecular mechanisms underlying psychiatric disorders, with a particular emphasis on schizophrenia. Over the last decade, significant strides have been made in comprehending the genetic factors contributing to schizophrenia and related neurodevelopmental disorders. This progress opens up a valuable opportunity to translate these findings into clinical practice, aiming to offer psychiatric patients clinical genomic services akin to those available in other medical domains. Identifying genetically at-risk and affected individuals and families enables clinicians to provide proactive care early on, empowering patients to make more informed decisions about their care and treatments in collaboration with genetic counseling services.
Dr. Johnstone plays a pivotal role in providing psychiatric consultant leadership, contributing to the scoping and development of clinical genomic services within the Trust. She is based at the National Psychosis Unit (NPU).