Dr Joseph Firth

Presidential Fellow (Research)

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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 Lancet PsychiatryWorld Psychiatry, NeuroImageJAMA Psychiatry and The American Journal of Psychiatry, on the clinical use of exercise and nutritional interventions for improving both physical and mental health outcomes in people with psychiatric conditions.

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 Huffington Post, Fox News, 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

Senior Research 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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