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LOUPS Mental Health Seminar

28th September 2019, LSE, London

In 2015 the London branch of the Open University Psychological Society (LOUPS) ran our first Mental Health Seminar. This proved to be extremely popular and we have therefore decided to repeat this seminar every two years, covering a new set of topics each time.

The event will consist of a series of talks and workshops and will appeal to those studying or working in mental health and psychology. In particular, this time, we will focus on mental health problems in the field of stress and resilience, including addiction and obsession, well-being and the effect on performance.

This seminar and workshop is open to everyone and no previous experience is necessary.

SPECIAL OFFER: LOUPS October pub social with Dr. Babak Fozooni only £5 if you book this at the same time as the Mental Health Seminar.

This is a whole day event, with talks starting at 10.00 am and registration from 9.30 am, finishing at approx. 5pm.

A timetable for the day will be available here nearer the time and a flier is available from Mental Health Seminar 2019


Dr Gillian Ragsdale -'Epigenetics and resilience: putting the gin back in the bottle'

Exposure to either stress or drugs (legal or otherwise) share many epigeneticprocesses that can lead to a vicious circle of escalating stress reactivity,depression and substance abuse. Yet many people are resilient despite experiencing intense trauma and adversity. How can we harness our increasing understanding of these processes to promote resilience to psychological conditions such as depression and substance abuse disorders ?

Gill's main area of interest is the evolution and biology of the mind and behaviour—especially in the contexts of social behaviour, family dynamics, kinship and the role of epigenetics in mediating gene-environment interaction.  Gillian currently teaches psychology with the Open University.

Professor Frederick Toates -'Stress, addictions and obsessions’

The lecture will start by considering briefly the similarities between obsessions and addictions and will then define the differences. It will present evidence that both addiction and OCD are strongly influenced by stress. The emphasis of the lecture will be on the means by which stress influences behaviour that is characterized as ‘addiction’, using examples of drugs, eating, sex and smartphones.

Frederick is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the Open University and President of OUPS. His research concerns motivation and emotion and the application of basic principles to understanding a wide range of behaviour, including addictions and obsessions. His latest publication“ A framework for understanding sexual violence: Incentive-motivation and hierarchical control” appeared in the journal 'Aggression and Violent Behavior'.

Dr Jutta Tobias-Mortlock - Title TBC

Jutta is a social psychologist with over 20 years of work experience in organisational development and capacity-building in six countries on three continents. Her research interest is focused on behaviour change initiatives in workplaces geared at generating sustainable wellbeing and performance. She teaches and consults on workplace mindfulness and leadership and is a popular keynote speaker on the link between wellbeing and performance. 

Fourth speaker TBC

We are currently finalising our fourth speaker and will announce details soon.


LSE New Academic Building

The New Academic Building,
London School of Economics,
54 Lincoln's Inn Fields,


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Travel and directions

The nearest underground station is Holborn.

Click here for directions to the New Academic Building, London School of Economics.



Places for this seminar are limited and are likely to sell out !

We strongly recommend booking this event in advance due to its popularity. Also please note that all tickets on the day, if they are still available, will be £45 (no member discount).

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