Life Stress and Bipolar


The trend that bipolar disorder tends to run in families has led to a wealth of research focusing on identifying its biological and genetic origins. In comparison, less work has been conducted on the role that social factors (e.g. life stress) play in the development of this illness. 

Understanding the impact of stressful life events, such as, bereavement or illness of a loved one on bipolar disorder, provides an important opportunity to consider prevention and intervention efforts. 

The relationship between life stress and mental health problems is the primary focus of her research.  She is particularly interested in the impact of stressful life events (e.g. bereavement), childhood adversity and living in urban environments and how these may interact with genetic vulnerabilities and lead to the development of mental illnesses.  

Georgina Hosang, PhD is a Psychology Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London where she teaches on several undergraduate and postgraduate programmes concerning the biological and social origins of bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses. 

Dr Hosang earned her PhD at the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, her PhD was concerned with the role of stressful life events and mood disorders.  She was later awarded the competitive ESRC/MRC Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship to explore social, psychological and genetic resilience to adversity in bipolar disorder.


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