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Liz Forty   BA (Joint Hons), MSc, PhD, SFHEA

Dr Liz Forty


BA (Joint Hons), MSc, PhD, SFHEA

Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

School of Medicine

+44 29206 88416
Neuadd Meirionnydd, Floor 5, Room 519C, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4YS
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am Director of My Medic Learning Development Unit and Lead on UG student Health and Wellbeing within the School of Medicine.

I am a Chartered Psychologist, Senior Fellow of Advance HE, member of the Medical Schools Council Welfare Group, and trustee of the Association of University Teachers in Psychiatry (AUTP). 

My research interests include Student Mental Health and Wellbeing, and Equality and Diversity Training in Healthcare Professions.

I am Cardiff University's Co-Lead for Nurture-U, a national research project led by the University of Exeter, working to find better ways to support university students with their wellbeing and mental health. 





















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My research focuses on medical student health and wellbeing; equality and diversity curricula; perceptions of mental illness and psychiatry; and the integration of the behavioural and social sciences within undergraduate medicine.

I am one of the principal investigators for the  National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) (a Health and Social Care Wales funded Biomedical Research Centre).

I am also a senior member of the Mood Disorders Research Group. The broad aims of the group are to investigate genetic and environmental factors that contribute to the aetiology of bipolar disorder and related mood and psychotic illnesses. I have a specific interest in the relationship between physical illness and mood and psychotic disorders. 


Director MyMedic (medical student support service) 


 - Psychological Medicine & Mental Health Lead 

 - Vertical Theme Lead [Understanding People] encompassing the psychology, sociology, equality and diversity, mental health and wellbeing, and ethics and law.

- Phase 1 Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) Lead

 - Case Based Learning Facilitator

 - SSC Supervisor

iBSc in Medical Education - dissertation supervisor

iBSc in Psychological Medicine - dissertation supervisor

Divisional Teaching Lead [Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences, School of Medicine]


Prior to my appointment as Lecturer in Psychological Medicine at Cardiff University in 2013 (promoted to Senior Lecturer 2018), I worked as a post doctoral researcher within the Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences at Cardiff University. I completed an MSc in Medical Education in 2016 and I completed my PhD in psychological medicine at Cardiff in 2009. My thesis focused on dissecting the clinical phenotype of bipolar and unipolar affective disorders. Prior to starting my PhD studies in Cardiff, I worked as a research associate at the University of Birmingham on a large scale family genetic study of unipolar depression. Prior to this I worked in the NHS as a healthcare assistant on a mental health ward in Warwickshire. 

Career Overview

  • 2022: Trustee AUTP (Association of University Teachers in Psychiatry)
  • 2022: Mind Health for Medical Students Charity Advisor
  • 2021: Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society
  • 2019: Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • 2018: Senior Lecturer in Psychological Medicine, School of Medicine, Cardiff University
  • 2016: MSc in Medical Education (Merit)
  • 2016: Member of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2015: Member of the Academy of Medical Educators
  • 2014: Member of AUTP (Association of University Teachers in Psychiatry)
  • 2013-present: Lecturer in Psychological Medicine, Cardiff University, School of Medicine.
  • 2008-2013: Post-Doctoral Researcher, Cardiff University, School of Medicine, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences.
  • 2005-2009: PhD Student, Cardiff University, School of Medince, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences.
  • 2005: Diploma in Research Methods (Distinction)
  • 2002-2005: Research Associate, University of Birmingham, Department of Psychiatry.
  • 2001: BA Psychology and Sociology (Joint Hons)

Honours and awards

  • Medic Star Award for contribution to Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity 2019
  • BMA/BMJ Innovations in Teaching Award 2016
  • Cardiff University School of Medicine Innovations in Teaching Award 2015
  • NARSAD Young Investigator Award 2011
  • Eli Lily International Young Investigators Fellowship in Bipolar Disorder 2009

Professional memberships

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the RCPsych Education Forum
  • Member of the Academy of Medical Educators
  • Trustee of the Association of University Teachers in Psychiatry


I supervise intercalated BSc Medical Education and Psychological Medicine student dissertations, as well as MSc in psychiatry dissertations.

I have supervised two PhD students (Sarah Knott 2017; Bipolar Disorder, Epilepsy and Migraine: Katie Lewis 2018; Bipolar Disorder and Sleep) and an MPhil student (Naomi Marfell 2019; Student mental health and wellbeing) to completion.

I am currently co-supervising PhD student Ruby Long (Resilience in Dental Students).


I work with the National Centre for Mental Health and third sector charities and organisations to support the involvement of people with personal or family experience of mental illness in the development and delivery of the mental health components of the undergraduate medicine programme (MBBCh).

I am also working with the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales in relation to recruitment and retention in Psychiatry, and the importance of promoting psychiatry within the undergraduate student population.

I am Director of the Annual Cardiff University Undergraduate Winter School in Psychiatry.

I am one of the trustees of the Association of University Teachers in Psychiatry and Advisor to Mind Health for Medical Students Charity