Thomas D. Meyer, Ph.D.
- Associate Professor
- Director, Psychological Intervention & Research Program on Mood Spectrum Disorders
- Co-Director, The UTHealth Brain Collection for Research in Psychiatric Disorders
Thomas D. Meyer, PhD, is a clinician-researcher specializing in bipolar disorder. He works to improve the quality of life for individuals experiencing mood disorders and their loved ones through research, training and practice. Meyer is also interested in improving screening for bipolar disorders (e.g. Hypomania Checklist-32) and identifying factors and processes involved in the development and maintenance of depression and mania (e.g. substance use, impulsivity, cognition, stress).
As an accomplished researcher, Meyer was the Principal Investigator (PI) of the only German RCT of Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Bipolar Disorder (BD). Since then, he has been involved in several ongoing trials looking at family intervention for adolescents with bipolar disorder (FAB study, UK) or early intervention for bipolar disorder and has participated in developing treatment guidelines for bipolar disorders in Germany and the UK. Although mainly focused on mental health, Meyer has also been a PI of the multidisciplinary LiveWell program in the UK, which developed lifestyle-based interventions to improve health and well-being in later life.
For his work he received the Lilly Young Fellowship Award in 2005 from the International Society for Bipolar Disorders. The recognition of his expertise in psychological interventions for bipolar disorders is highlighted by the fact that he was nominated and selected to be a member of two national treatment guidelines for bipolar disorders: the German S3 guideline for bipolar disorders (published in 2013) for which he was the task force leader for psychotherapy and psychoeducation), and the update of the bipolar treatment guideline by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), United Kingdom, to be published in 2014.
Meyer completed his training as a psychologist and psychotherapist in Germany in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy and the Outpatient Clinic of the Department of Psychology at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. He continued with a PhD at Johannes Gutenberg University, investigating the familial aggregation of psychometric schizotypy, i.e. hypothesized indicators of risk for psychosis, under the supervision of Professor Martin Hautzinger. He then joined the faculty of the Department of Clinical and Developmental Psychology at the Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, Germany, as an assistant professor. He was promoted to the level of an Associate Professor after having been awarded the title of a ‘Privatdozent,’ the highest academic title in Germany. In 2006, Meyer moved to Newcastle University to take on a Senior Lectureship position in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Neuroscience. As Principal and Co-Investigator he has been and is still involved in several MRC and RfPB funded projects, such as the MRC ABC study (a cohort of patients experiencing bipolar II disorders), the RfPB funded FAB study (feasibility RCT evaluating Family Focused Treatment for adolescents with bipolar disorder), the RfPB funded EIMD study (Early identification and intervention of individuals at risk for recurrent mood disorders). He joined the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at McGovern Medical School in June 2014 as an associate professor, where he has be involved with mentoring younger colleagues including graduate students, interns, and postdoctoral fellows.
- Master's Degree
- Psychology, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
- Clinical Training
- Clinical psychology and Psychotherapy, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
- Doctorate Degree
- University of Mainz
- ‘Privatdozent’, Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, Germany
Areas of Interests
- Bipolar Disorder
- Psychological Assessment
- Mental Health Well-being
- Mood Disorders
- Relapse Prevention
- Substance Abuse