Lydia Pearson is an Assistant Research Psychologist working on the Bipolar At Risk Trial: BART. Lydia has been involved with this trial since it started in April 2015, supporting with duties that include the ethics application, liaison with services for referrals, the assessment process, and retention of the participants. Before working on the BART study, Lydia worked as a volunteer within the Psychosis Research Unit (PRU) and then as an Assistant Research Psychologist with the TEAMS study (Thinking Effectively About Mood Swings), which has now finished.
Before working at PRU, Lydia has held many different types of job roles within different sectors. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Lydia moved to the United Kingdom soon after finishing her degree. She has worked as a team leader within supported living homes for adults with complex mental health difficulties and learning disabilities. She developed an interest in working with young people who have a diagnosis of autism and undertook a part-time postgraduate course in Autism Spectrum Conditions with Manchester Metropolitan University, obtaining a Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma. During this time Lydia worked as a teacher’s assistant at a special education school for children and adolescents with autism. She eventually moved to a role in a newly developed Children’s Intensive Behaviour Support Service within a learning disability nursing team in the NHS. This service supported families of young children with autism who were experiencing significant behavioural difficulties. It was during this time that Lydia began volunteering one day a week at PRU and then became hired with the TEAMS study.
Since starting with the BART study, Lydia Pearson has undertaken a PhD opportunity offered by PRU. Her PhD is investigating the role of possible extreme and conflicting beliefs about sleep that a person may endorse in the context of low and elevated mood states. Lydia has a passion for understanding more about sleep difficulties within different population groups and learning about useful interventions.
Aside from work, Lydia spends much of her free time playing with and training her little dog. She also regularly travels back to the United States to visit friends and family.