Andrew Mayers

Dr Andrew Mayers

  • 01202 961871
  • amayers at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Principal Academic In Psychology
  • Poole House P259, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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I am an academic psychologist specialising in mental health, particularly perinatal mental illness and young people's mental health. I actively campaign for raising better awareness for mental health, and challenge stigma and discrimination. I serve on several local and national advisory groups for maternal mental illness. I am a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). I am Patron for Dorset Mind (for whom I am also a trustee).. I am Trustee and Ambassador for DorPIP, a Dorset-based charity providing therapeutic support for parent-infant relationships. I am an advisor to Peppy Baby, a naitional company provding workplace suppprt for perinatal mental health. I am an abmbassador for Make Birth Better, a national organising supporting birth trauma. You can read more about my work at

Journal Articles

  • Reay, M., Mayers, A., Knowles-Bevis, R. and Knight, M.T.D., 2024. Understanding the Barriers Fathers Face to Seeking Help for Paternal Perinatal Depression: Comparing Fathers to Men Outside the Perinatal Period. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 21 (1).
  • Hambidge, S., Cowell, A., Arden-Close, E. and Mayers, A., 2021. "What kind of man gets depressed after having a baby?" Fathers' experiences of mental health during the perinatal period. BMC pregnancy and childbirth, 21 (1), 463.
  • Mayers, A., Hambidge, S., Bryant, O. and Arden-Close, E., 2020. Supporting women who develop poor postnatal mental health: What support do fathers receive to support their partner and their own mental health? BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 20 (1).
  • Daniels, E., Arden-Close, E. and Mayers, A., 2020. Be quiet and man up: A qualitative questionnaire study into fathers who witnessed their Partner's birth trauma. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 20 (1).
  • Everitt, H., Baldwin, D.S., Stuart, B., Lipinska, G., Mayers, A., Malizia, A.L., Manson, C.C.F. and Wilson, S., 2018. Antidepressants for insomnia in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2018 (5).
  • Noone, S., Innes, A., Kelly, F. and Mayers, A., 2017. ‘The nourishing soil of the soul’: The role of horticultural therapy in promoting well-being in community-dwelling people with dementia. Dementia, 16 (7), 897-910.
  • Everett, H., Baldwin, D.S., Mayers, A., Malizia, A.L. and Wilson, S., 2013. Antidepressants for insomnia (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.
  • Talat, B., Mayers, A. and Baldwin, D.S., 2013. Quality of case reports of adverse drug reactions with psychotropic drugs: A 25-year review. Human Psychopharmacology, 28 (5), 413-420.
  • Mayers, A., Talat, B. and Baldwin, D., 2013. Quality of case reports of adverse drug reactions with psychotropic drugs. Human Psychopharmacology.
  • Pritchard, C., Mayers, A. and Baldwin, D., 2013. Changing patterns of neurological mortality in the 10 major developed countries - 1979-2010. Public Health, 127, 757-766.
  • Mayers, A. et al., 2010. Weigh the benefits of treatment against the increase in the risk of falls when using antidepressant therapy in the elderly. Drugs and Therapy Perspectives, 26 (2), 23-26.
  • Mayers, A.G., Grabbau, E.A.S., Campbell, C. and Baldwin, D.S., 2009. Subjective sleep, depression and anxiety: inter-relationships in a non-clinical sample. Human Psychopharmacoloy: Clinical and Experimental, 24, 495-501.
  • Steadman, J., Pawlby, S., Mayers, A.G., Bucks, R., Miele Norton, M., Gregoire, A. and Hogan, A.M., 2007. An Exploratory Study of the Relationship between Mother-Infant Interaction and Maternal Cognitive Function in Mothers with Mental Illness. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 25, 255-269.
  • Mayers, A.G. and Baldwin, D.S., 2006. The relationship between sleep disturbance and depression: A review. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, 10, 2-16.
  • Mayers, A.G. and Baldwin, D.S., 2005. Antidepressants and their effect on sleep: a systematic review. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental, 20, 533-559.
  • Pritchard, C., Baldwin, D.S. and Mayers, A.G., 2004. Changing Patterns of Adult (45-74 years) Neurological Deaths in the Major Western World Countries 1979-97. Public Health, 118, 268-283.
  • Baldwin, D.S. and Mayers, A.G., 2003. Sexual Side Effects of Antidepressant and Antipsychotic Drugs. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 9, 202-210.
  • Baldwin, D.S., Mayers, A.G. and Elgie, R., 2003. Suicide in Psychiatric Inpatients. Clinical Risk, 9, 229-232.
  • Mayers, A.G. and Baldwin, D.S., 2003. Drug Treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder. Current Medical Literature: Psychiatry, 14, 55-60.
  • Mayers, A.G., Baldwin, D.S., Dyson, R., Middleton, R. and Mustapha, A., 2003. Use of St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum L) in members of a depression self-help organisation: a twelve-week open prospective pilot study using the HADS scale. Primary Care Psychiatry, 9, 15-20.
  • Mayers, A.G., van Hooff, J.C. and Baldwin, D.S., 2003. Quantifying subjective assessment of sleep and life-quality in antidepressant-treated depressed patients. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental, 18, 21-27.
  • Mayers, A.G., van Hooff, J.C. and Baldwin, D.S., 2003. Assessing subjective sleep reports in the first degree relatives of antidepressant treated depressed outpatients. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental, 18, 207-214.
  • Tabiner, M., Youings, S., Dennis, M., Baldwin, D.S., Buis, C., Mayers, A.G., Jacobs, P.A. and Crolla, J.A., 2003. Failure to Find DUP25 in Patients with Anxiety Disorders, in Control Individuals, or in Previously Reported Positive Control Cell Lines. American Journal of Human Genetics, 72, 535-538.
  • Dyson, R., Baldwin, D.S., Mayers, A.G., Tiernan, A. and Jenkins, G., 2002. The reported use and effectiveness of Hypericum (St John’s wort) on affective symptoms in a depression self-help group. Primary Care Psychiatry, 8, 99-102.
  • Baldwin, D.S., Buis, C. and Mayers, A.G., 2002. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 2, 717-724.



  • Baldwin, D.S., Mayers, A.G. and Lambert, A., 2004. Sexual dysfunction. In: Haddad, P.M., Dersun, S. and Deakin, B., eds. Adverse syndromes and psychiatric drugs: A Clinical Guide. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.
  • Baldwin, D.S. and Mayers, A.G., 2002. Epidemiology of anxiety disorders. In: Lader, M., ed. Fast Facts - Psychiatry Highlights 2001-02. Abingdon, England: Health Press.


  • Moyers-Ruiz, L., Thompson, S.B.N., Hickish, T. and Mayers, A., 2014. Prospective memory and cognitive impairment in breast cancer patients. In: 4th International Conference on Prospective Memory 26-30 May 2014 Suor Orsola Benincasa University, Naples.
  • Moyers-Ruiz, L., Thompson, S.B.N., Hickish, T. and Mayers, A., 2013. Cognitive decline as a result of impaired sleep and glucose levels during chemotherapy treatment in breast cancer patients. In: American Society of Clinical Oncology 31 May-4 June 2013 McCormick Place, Chicago, USA.
  • Pritchard, C., 2010. Changing patterns of neurological adult deaths in the Major Developed Countries 1979-2006: An epigenetic explanation. In: EFNS Geneva 2010: 14th Congress of the European Federation of neurological Societies 25-27 September 2010 Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Pritchard, C., Baldwin, D. and Mayers, A., 2010. Increased neurological adult (aged 45-74) deaths between 1979-2006 in the Western world: diagnostic artefact, Gompertzian hypothesis or an environmental explanation? EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NEUROLOGY, 17, 602.

PhD Students

  • Lauren Kita, 2014. Poor sleep as a risk factor for postnatal depression
  • Liliana Moyers, 2016. Chemo-Brain
  • Ashley Mitchell, 2017. ‘Can we fix it?!’: Understanding the impact of children’s hospices on parental relationships of life limited and threatened children and young people
  • Sarah Hambidge, 2017. Care farming: providing better futures for young and old

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Applied Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental & Clinical Psychology (Clinical element)

Invited Lectures

  • Perinatal mental health in primary care, Royal College of Physicians, London, 30 Jan 2019 more
  • Birth Trauma, Totton & Ealing Cricket Club, 25 Sep 2018 more
  • Mental Health in the Community, Charlton Down, Dorchester, 20 Mar 2018 more
  • Fathers' Mental Health, QA Hospital, Portsmouth, 16 Mar 2018 more
  • Community perinatal mental health, Reading Pavilion, 09 Nov 2017 more
  • Perinatal mental health, York Racecourse, 07 Oct 2013 more
  • Sleep and mental health, University of Southampton, 15 Sep 2011 more

External Responsibilities

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Steering group (task and finish) (12 Feb 2019)
  • Professional training (06 Jan 2018)
  • Professional presentation (21 Nov 2017)
  • Exhibition and Conference (10 Jul 2017-12 Jul 2017)


  • PhD in Subjective sleep dissatisfaction in depression (Southampton Solent University, 2006)
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology (Southampton Solent University, 1998)


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