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Professor Stephen Stansfeld MB BS, PhD, MRCP, FRCPsych
Professor of Psychiatry, Centre Lead for Psychiatry

Stephen Stansfeld's research interests include the effects of the physical and social environment on mental health. He has been involved in several studies examining environmental noise and mental health and more recently on noise and children's health and cognition.

He was previously Co-Director of the Whitehall II Study and is particularly interested in the psychosocial work environment and social support as predictors of common mental disorder. He has also investigated the explanations of the social gradient in psychological distress in the Whitehall II Study and with Professor Chris Power in the 1958 Birth Cohort. He is interested in psychosocial influences, especially depression, on coronary heart disease and has co-edited a book on psychosocial pathways to coronary heart disease.

He has recently chaired the European Network on Noise and Health which has been making recommendations for new research on environmental noise and health. He researches the impact of the psychosocial work environment on mental health and has recently published from the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey and the 1958 Birth Cohort.


Selected publications

Stansfeld SA, Pike C, McManus S, Harris J, Bebbington P, Brugha T, Hassiotis A, Jenkins R, Meltzer H, Moran P, Clark C. Occupations, work characteristics and common mental disorder. Psychol Med. 2012; 21:1-13

Clark C, Pike C, McManus S, Harris J, Bebbington P, Brugha T, Jenkins R, Meltzer H., Weich, S., & Stansfeld S. The contribution of work and non-work stressors to common mental disorders in the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey. Psychol  Med 2011;42(4):829-842.

Henderson M, Clark C, Stansfeld S., & Hotopf M. A lifecourse approach to long-term sickness absence - a cohort study. PLoS One, 2012:7(5):p.e36645.

Rothon C, Goodwin L, Stansfeld S. Family social support, community social capital and adolescents' mental health and educational outcomes: a longitudinal study in England. Soc.Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol, 2012:47(5):697-709.

Virtanen M, Stansfeld S A, Fuhrer R, Ferrie J E, & Kivimaki M. Overtime Work as a Predictor of Major Depressive Episode: A 5-Year Follow-Up of the Whitehall II Study. PLoS One, 2012:7(1): e30719.

Stansfeld S A., Fuhrer R, & Head J. 2011, Impact of common mental disorders on sickness absence in an occupational cohort study. Occup.Environ.Med, 2011:68(6):408-413.

Stansfeld S A, Clark C, Rodgers B, Caldwell T, & Power C. Repeated exposure to socioeconomic disadvantage and health selection as life course pathways to mid-life depressive and anxiety disorders, Soc.Psychiatry Psychiatr.Epidemiol. 2011;46(7):549-558.

Rothon C, Arephin M, Klineberg E, Cattell, V, & Stansfeld S. Structural and socio-psychological influences on adolescents' educational aspirations and subsequent academic achievement. Soc Psychol Educ, 2011;14(2):209-231.

Stansfeld S A, Rasul F R, Head, J, & Singleton N, Occupation and mental health in a national UK survey. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol, 2011; 46(2):101-110.

Klokk M, Stansfeld S, Overland S, Wilhelmsen I, Gotestam K G, Steinshamn S, & Mykletun A. Somatisation: The under-recognized factor in non-specific eczema. The Hordaland Health Study (HUSK). Br J Dermatol. 2011;10(1):2-10.

Ford E, Clark C, McManus S, Harris J, Jenkins R, Bebbington P, Brugha T, Meltzer H, & Stansfeld, SA. Common mental disorders, unemployment and welfare benefits in England. Public Health. 2010; 124 12:675-681.

Stansfeld, S. A., Clark, C., Rodgers B, Caldwell T, & Power, C., 2008, Childhood and adult socio-economic position and midlife depressive and anxiety disorders, The British  Journal of Psychiatry, 192, pp 152-153.

Clark, C., Rodgers, B., Caldwell, T., Power, C., & S tansfeld, S., 2007, Childhood and adulthood psychological ill health as predictors of midlife affective and anxiety disorders: the 1958 British birth cohort, Arch Gen Psychiatry, 64, pp 668-678.

Robertson Blackmore, E., Stansfeld, S. A., Weller, I., Munce, S., Brandon, M., Zagorski, M. S. 2007, Major depressive episodes and work stress: results from a national population survey, AJPH, 97, pp 2088-2093.

Clark, C., Martin, R., van Kempen, E., Alfred, T., Head, J., Davies, H. W., Haines, M. M., Lopez, B., I, Matheson, M., & Stansfeld, S. A. 2006, 'Exposure-effect relations between aircraft and road traffic noise exposure at school and reading comprehension: the RANCH project', Am J Epidemiol, vol. 163, no. 1, pp. 27-37.

Bhui, K., Stansfeld, S., Head, J., Haines, M., Hillier, S., Taylor, S., Viner, R., & Booy, R. 2005, 'Cultural identity, acculturation, and mental health among adolescents in east London's multiethnic community', J Epidemiol Community Health, vol. 59, no. 4, pp. 296-302.

Bhui, K., Stansfeld, S., McKenzie, K., Karlsen, S., Nazroo, J., & Weich, S. 2005, 'Racial/ethnic discrimination and common mental disorders among workers: findings from the EMPIRIC Study of Ethnic Minority Groups in the United Kingdom', Am J Public Health, vol. 95, no. 3, pp. 496-501.

Stansfeld, S. A., Berglund, B., Clark, C., Lopez-Barrio, I., Fischer, P., Ohrstrom, E., Haines, M. M., Head, J., Hygge, S., van, K., I, & Berry, B. F. 2005, 'Aircraft and road traffic noise and children's cognition and health: a cross-national study', Lancet, vol. 365, no. 9475, pp. 1942-1949.

Stansfeld, S. A., Haines, M. M., Head, J. A., Bhui, K., Viner, R., Taylor, S. J., Hillier, S., Klineberg, E., & Booy, R. 2004, 'Ethnicity, social deprivation and psychological distress in adolescents: school-based epidemiological study in east London', Br J Psychiatry, vol. 185, pp. 233-238.

Stansfeld, S. A., Head, J., Fuhrer, R., Wardle, J., & Cattell, V. 2003, 'Social inequalities in depressive symptoms and physical functioning in the Whitehall II study: exploring a common cause explanation', J Epidemiol Community Health, vol. 57, no. 5, pp. 361-367.

Power, C., Stansfeld, S. A., Matthews, S., Manor, O., & Hope, S. 2002, 'Childhood and adulthood risk factors for socio-economic differentials in psychological distress: evidence from the 1958 British birth cohort', Soc Sci Med, vol. 55, no. 11, pp. 1989-2004.

Fuhrer, R. & Stansfeld, S. A. 2002, 'How gender affects patterns of social relations and their impact on health: a comparison of one or multiple sources of support from "close persons"', Soc Sci Med, vol. 54, no. 5, pp. 811-825.

Stansfeld, S. A., Fuhrer, R., Shipley, M. J., & Marmot, M. G. 2002, 'Psychological distress as a risk factor for coronary heart disease in the Whitehall II Study', Int J Epidemiol, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 248-255.

Haines, M. M., Stansfeld, S. A., Brentnall, S., Head, J., Berry, B., Jiggins, M., & Hygge, S. 2001, 'The West London Schools Study: the effects of chronic aircraft noise exposure on child health', Psychol Med, vol. 31, no. 8, pp. 1385-1396.

Stansfeld, S., Haines, M., & Brown, B. 2000, 'Noise and health in the urban environment', Rev Environ Health, vol. 15, no. 1-2, pp. 43-82.

Stansfeld, S. A., Fuhrer, R., Shipley, M. J., & Marmot, M. G. 1999, 'Work characteristics predict psychiatric disorder: prospective results from the Whitehall II Study', Occup Environ Med, vol. 56, no. 5, pp. 302-307.

Stansfeld, S. A., Fuhrer, R., & Shipley, M. J. 1998, 'Types of social support as predictors of psychiatric morbidity in a cohort of British Civil Servants (Whitehall II Study)', Psychol Med, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 881-892.

Stansfeld, S. A., Head, J., & Marmot, M. G. 1998, 'Explaining social class differences in depression and well-being', Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 1-9.

Stansfeld, S. A., Rael, E. G., Head, J., Shipley, M., & Marmot, M. 1997, 'Social support and psychiatric sickness absence: a prospective study of British civil servants', Psychol Med, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 35-48.

Stansfeld, S., Gallacher, J., Babisch, W., & Shipley, M. 1996, 'Road traffic noise and psychiatric disorder: prospective findings from the Caerphilly Study', BMJ, vol. 313, no. 7052, pp. 266-267.

Stansfeld, S. & Marmot, M. 1992, 'Deriving a survey measure of social support: the reliability and validity of the Close Persons Questionnaire', Soc Sci Med, vol. 35, no. 8, pp. 1027-1035.

Stansfeld, S. A. & Marmot, M. G. 1992, 'Social class and minor psychiatric disorder in British Civil Servants: a validated screening survey using the General Health Questionnaire', Psychol Med, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 739-749.

Stansfeld, S. A. 1992, 'Noise, noise sensitivity and psychiatric disorder: epidemiological and psychophysiological studies', Psychol Med Monogr Suppl, vol. 22, pp. 1-44. Publications 1991

Marmot, M. G., Smith, G. D., Stansfeld, S., Patel, C., North, F., Head, J., White, I., Brunner, E., & Feeney, A. 1991, 'Health inequalities among British civil servants: the Whitehall II study', Lancet, vol. 337, no. 8754, pp. 1387-1393.

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