Dr Joseph Firth

UKRI Future Leaders Fellow

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Dr Joseph Firth completed his PhD at the University of Manchester (UK) between 2013 - 2017; examining the benefits of physical exercise as a treatment for young people with psychosis. Since then, he has published extensively in leading medical journals, including The BMJ, The Lancet PsychiatryWorld Psychiatry, JAMA Psychiatry and The American Journal of Psychiatry, on the use of physical health interventions for improving both physical and mental health outcomes in people with mental illness.

Dr. Firth’s work has received thousands of academic citations and substantial media coverage; being featured in over 600 news stories from across the globe, including leading press outlets such as CNN, The Gaurdian, Daily Mail and BBC One television. His ongoing projects focus on developing and evaluating pragmatic and feasible programs aimed at helping young people with mental health problems to engage in regular exercise, and to adopt healthy lifestyles. 

External positions

Honorary Fellow, Western Sydney University

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains


  • Mental Disorders, Psychiatry, Physical Activity, Nutrition, Psychosis, Youth Mental Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Exercise, Multimorbidity, Syndemics

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2017 - Doctor of Medicine, The University of Manchester
  • 2013 - Bachelor of Science in Psychology The University of Sheffield

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