Dr Lucy Stirland (MBChB PhD MRCPsych)

Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in Old Age Psychiatry


Dr Stirland is a psychiatrist and epidemiological researcher. In August 2022, she completed her specialty training in Old Age Psychiatry and finished her Clinical Lectureship funded by NHS Education for Scotland and the Chief Scientist Office. In 2020, she completed a PhD in the epidemiology of multimorbidity and polypharmacy with mental and brain health. Her clinical experience includes a year's training (endorsement) in liaison psychiatry.

From 2022-2023 she completed a Certificate in Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI), University of California San Francisco. She remains an active participant in the GBHI network through her role as a Global Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health.

She returned to Edinburgh in October 2023 to take up a joint NHS/University post as a Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist and researcher.

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Research summary

Dr Stirland's research uses data to understand links between having multiple physical conditions or taking multiple medicines (multimorbidity and polypharmacy) with mental illnesses and dementia.

Past project grants

NES/CSO Postdoctoral Clinical Lectureship (2020-2022)
Project title: "Temporal dynamics of multimorbidity and medication use with mental illness and dementia: an investigation in NHS Scotland routinely collected data and the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936"

MRF/MRC PsySTAR (Psychiatry: Scottish Training in Academic Research) Clinical Research Fellowship (2015-2019)
Thesis title: "Epidemiology of multimorbidity and polypharmacy in ageing: a complementary analysis of mental and brain health in three datasets" (PhD awarded June 2020)
Supervisors: Dr Graciela Muniz Terrera, Dr Tom Russ, Prof Craig Ritchie

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