Dr Maria Dauvermann


I have a strong grounding in translational psychiatry and multidisciplinary mental health research. In particular, I focus on the investigation of brain alterations that may underlie suicide, mood and psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and autism spectrum disorders. I integrate large-scale functional brain network markers with stress endocrine, immunological, genetic, cognitive, environmental and clinical factors to better understand the onset and chronicity of these mental health conditions. Furthermore, I am interested in transdiagnostic biomarkers of mood and psychotic disorders and their link with stress exposure and responses, and resilience.

Research Focus


Multimodal neuroimaging

Functional networks

Structural networks

Glutamate transmission


Clinical conditions


Bipolar disorder

Cognitive impairment

Depressive disorders





Behavioural analysis

Computational modelling

Enzyme assays

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Neuropsychological testing



Anne-Laura van Harmelen

United Kingdom

Stephen Lawrie


Dara Cannon

Associated News Items



    Alameda L, Ashok A, Avery S, Bani-Fatemi A, Berkhout S, Best M, Bonfils K, Colizzi M, Dauvermann M, Plessis SD, Dwyer D, Eisner E, Ganesh S, Hernaus D, Ithal D, Kowalchuk C, Kristensen T, Lavigne K, Lee E, Lemmers-Jansen I, O'Donoghue B, Oliver L, Oluwoye O, Park MT, Di Carlo P, Joaquim HPG, Pinheiro A, Ramsay I, Rodriguez V, Sami M, Soni S, Sonnenschein S, Taylor J, Thomas M, Waterreus A, Wojtalik J, Yang Z, Emsley R, Kilian S. (2020), “The 2019 Schizophrenia International Research Society Conference, 10-14 April, Orlando, Florida: A summary of topics and trends.” Psychiatry Res 284:112672

    Corcoran M, Hawkins EL, O’Hora D, Whalley HC, Hall J, Lawrie SM, Dauvermann MR (2020), “Are working memory and glutamate concentrations involved in early-life stress and severity of psychosis?” Brain and Behavior 10(6):e01616

    Holland JF, Khandaker GM, Dauvermann MR, Morris D, Zammit S, Donohoe G. (2020), “Effects of early life adversity on immune function and cognitive performance: results from the ALSPAC cohort.” Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol doi: 10.1007/s00127-019-01813-8

    Quide Y, Tozzi L, Corcoran M, Cannon DM, Dauvermann MR (2020), “The Impact of Childhood Trauma on Developing Bipolar Disorder: Current Understanding and Ensuring Continued Progress” Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment 16, 3095—3115

    Rokita KI, Dauvermann MR, Mothersill D, Holleran L, Kane R, Kenyon M, Cullen C, Gill M, Corvin A, Hallahan B, Morris D, Kelly J, McDonald C, McKernan M, Donohoe G. (2020), “Childhood trauma, parental bonding and social cognition in patients with schizophrenia and healthy adults” J Clin Psychol doi.org/10.1002/jclp.23023

    Rokita KI, Holleran L, Dauvermann MR, Mothersill D, Holland J, Costello L, Kane R, McKernan D, Morris DW, Kelly JP, Corvin A, Hallahan B, McDonald C, Donohoe G (2020), “Childhood Trauma, Brain Structure and Emotion Recognition in Patients with Schizophrenia and Healthy Participants” Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsaa160

    Smith AJ, Moreno-López L, Davidson E, Dauvermann M, Orellana S, Soneson E, Ioannidis K, Kaser M, van Harmelen A-L (2020), “The REACT study protocol: Resilience after the COVID-19 Threat (REACT) in adolescents” BMJ Open


    Dauvermann MR, Donohoe G. (2019), “Cortisol stress response in psychosis from the high-risk to the chronic stage: a systematic review.” Ir J Psychol Med 36(4):305-315


    Dauvermann MR, Donohoe G. (2018), “The role of childhood trauma in cognitive performance in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder - A systematic review.” Schizophr Res Cogn 11;16:1-11

    Rokita KI, Dauvermann MR, Donohoe G. (2018), “Early life experiences and social cognition in major psychiatric disorders: A systematic review.” Eur Psychiatry 53:123-133


    Dauvermann MR, Lee G, Dawson N. (2017), “Glutamatergic regulation of cognition and functional brain connectivity: insights from pharmacological, genetic and translational schizophrenia research.” Br J Pharmacol. 174(19):3136-3160

    Dauvermann MR, Moorhead TW, Watson AR, Duff B, Romaniuk L, Hall J, Roberts N, Lee GL, Hughes ZA, Brandon NJ, Whitcher B, Blackwood DH, McIntosh AM, Lawrie SM. (2017), “Verbal working memory and functional large-scale networks in schizophrenia.” Psychiatry Res Neuroimaging 270:86-96


    Thomson PA, Duff B, Blackwood DH, Romaniuk L, Watson A, Whalley HC, Li X, Dauvermann MR, Moorhead TW, Bois C, Ryan NM, Redpath H, Hall L, Morris SW, van Beek EJ, Roberts N, Porteous DJ, St Clair D, Whitcher B, Dunlop J, Brandon NJ, Hughes ZA, Hall J, McIntosh A, Lawrie SM. (2016), “Balanced translocation linked to psychiatric disorder, glutamate, and cortical structure/function.” NPJ Schizophr 2:16024


    Whalley HC, Dimitrova R, Sprooten E, Dauvermann MR, Romaniuk L, Duff B, Watson AR, Moorhead B, Bastin M, Semple SI, Giles S, Hall J, Thomson P, Roberts N, Hughes ZA, Brandon NJ, Dunlop J, Whitcher B, Blackwood DH, McIntosh AM, Lawrie SM. (2015), “Effects of a Balanced Translocation between Chromosomes 1 and 11 Disrupting the DISC1 Locus on White Matter Integrity.” PLoS One 10(6):e0130900


    Dauvermann MR, Whalley HC, Schmidt A, Lee GL, Romaniuk L, Roberts N, Johnstone EC, Lawrie SM, Moorhead TW. (2014), “ 11. Computational neuropsychiatry - schizophrenia as a cognitive brain network disorder.” Front Psychiatry 5:30

    Jarick I, Volckmar AL, Pütter C, Pechlivanis S, Nguyen TT, Dauvermann MR, Beck S, Albayrak Ö, Scherag S, Gilsbach S, Cichon S, Hoffmann P, Degenhardt F, Nöthen MM, Schreiber S, Wichmann HE, Jöckel KH, Heinrich J, Tiesler CM, Faraone SV, Walitza S, Sinzig J, Freitag C, Meyer J, Herpertz-Dahlmann B, Lehmkuhl G, Renner TJ, Warnke A, Romanos M, Lesch KP, Reif A, Schimmelmann BG, Hebebrand J, Scherag A, Hinney A. (2014), “Genome-wide analysis of rare copy number variations reveals PARK2 as a candidate gene for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.” Mol Psychiatry 19(1):115-21

    Raschle NM, Smith SA, Zuk J, Dauvermann MR, Figuccio MJ, Gaab N. (2014), “Investigating the neural correlates of voice versus speech-sound directed information in pre-school children.” PLoS One 9(12):e115549


    Dauvermann MR, Whalley HC, Romaniuk L, Valton V, Owens DG, Johnstone EC, Lawrie SM, Moorhead TW. (2013), “The application of nonlinear Dynamic Causal Modelling for fMRI in subjects at high genetic risk of schizophrenia.” Neuroimage 73:16-29

    Moorhead TW, Stanfield AC, McKechanie AG, Dauvermann MR, Johnstone EC, Lawrie SM, Cunningham Owens DG. (2013), “Longitudinal gray matter change in young people who are at enhanced risk of schizophrenia due to intellectual impairment.” Biol Psychiatry 73(10):985-92

    Schimmelmann BG, Hinney A, Scherag A, Pütter C, Pechlivanis S, Cichon S, Jöckel KH, Schreiber S, Wichmann HE, Albayrak Ö, Dauvermann M, Konrad K, Wilhelm C, Herpertz-Dahlmann B, Lehmkuhl G, Sinzig J, Renner TJ, Romanos M, Warnke A, Lesch KP, Reif A, Hebebrand J. (2013), “Bipolar disorder risk alleles in children with ADHD.” J Neural Transm (Vienna) 120(11):1611-7


    Dauvermann MR, Mukherjee P, Moorhead WT, Stanfield AC, Fusar-Poli P, Lawrie SM, Whalley HC. (2012), “Relationship between gyrification and functional connectivity of the prefrontal cortex in subjects at high genetic risk of schizophrenia.” Curr Pharm Des 18(4):434-42

    Philip RC, Dauvermann MR, Whalley HC, Baynham K, Lawrie SM, Stanfield AC. (2012), “A systematic review and meta-analysis of the fMRI investigation of autism spectrum disorders.” Neurosci Biobehav Rev 36(2):901-42


    Hinney A, Scherag A, Jarick I, Albayrak Ö, Pütter C, Pechlivanis S, Dauvermann MR, Beck S, Weber H, Scherag S, Nguyen TT, Volckmar AL, Knoll N, Faraone SV, Neale BM, Franke B, Cichon S, Hoffmann P, Nöthen MM, Schreiber S, Jöckel KH, Wichmann HE, Freitag C, Lempp T, Meyer J, Gilsbach S, Herpertz-Dahlmann B, Sinzig J, Lehmkuhl G, Renner TJ, Warnke A, Romanos M, Lesch KP, Reif A, Schimmelmann BG, Hebebrand J; Psychiatric GWAS Consortium: ADHD subgroup. (2011), “Genome-wide association study in German patients with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.” Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet 156B(8):888-97


    Oades RD, Dauvermann MR, Schimmelmann BG, Schwarz MJ, Myint AM (2010), “Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and glial integrity: S100B, cytokines and kynurenine metabolism--effects of medication.” Behav Brain Funct 6:29.

    Oades RD, Myint AM, Dauvermann MR, Schimmelmann BG, Schwarz MJ. (2010), “Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and glial integrity: an exploration of associations of cytokines and kynurenine metabolites with symptoms and attention.” Behav Brain Funct 6:32


    Peters J, Dauvermann M, Mette C, Platen P, Franke J, Hinrichs T, Daum I (2009), “Voxel-based morphometry reveals an association between aerobic capacity and grey matter density in the right anterior insula.” Neuroscience 163(4):1102-8.