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I am Professor of Epidemiological Psychiatry, Head of the Centre for Global Mental Health & Primary Care Research at King’s College London, and co-Director of Centre for Global Mental Health, a collaboration with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. I trained in Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
I was a co-author of the Dementia UK report that informed the UK Government’s National Dementia Strategy, and I led the development of the widely reported ADI World Alzheimer Reports for 2009 (prevalence and numbers), 2010 (societal cost) and 2011 (early intervention), 2013 (long term care), 2014 (risk factors and prevention), 2015 (global cost of dementia). I was also a leading contributor to the WHO World Dementia Report 2012, and one of three editors for the 2007 Lancet Series on Global Mental Health.
I am committed to further research and advocacy to support the call for action for improved coverage of evidence-based community treatments, and coordinated the development of the WHO Mental Health Gap Action Plan (mhGAP) clinical guidelines for dementia care by non-specialists in LMIC.
2014 Head of Department, Health Service and Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK
2009 Joint Head of Centre for Global Mental Health
2008 Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (FRCPsych)
2002 Professor of Epidemiological Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK
1996 Senior Lecturer, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK
1996 Senior Lecturer, Epidemiology, Department of Population Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
1996 Honorary Consultant in Liaison Psychiatry for Older People, King’s College Hospital (South London and Maudsley NHS Trust), London, UK1997 MD, Medicine, Research Doctorate, University of Cambridge, UK
1993 Wellcome Trust Training Fellow, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK
1992 Research Assistant, Geriatric Medicine, University of Sydney, Australia
1991 MRCPsych, Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK
1990 Research Assistant, Psychiatry, Epidemiology and General Practice, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK
MA University of Cambridge
MSc, Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
MBBChir, Medicine, University of Cambridge, UK
BA, University of Cambridge, UK
My work is oriented to the salience of mental and neurological disorders to health and social policy in low and middle income countries (LMIC), with a focus on ageing and dementia. Since 1998 I have coordinated the 10/66 Dementia Research Group, a network of researchers, mainly from LMIC, working together to promote more good research into dementia in those regions. The group has published 100 papers covering dementia prevalence, incidence, aetiology and impact and contributed to knowledge of public health aspects of ageing and chronic disease in LMIC.