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I am the Director of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust National Institute of Health Research Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and Professor of General Hospital Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. I trained in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and in Psychiatry at the Maudsley - now, my main area of research is in the grey area between medicine and psychiatry, exploring the interaction between mental and physical health.
I have worked extensively in areas where mental health relates to other walks of life – including occupational and military health, mental health law, and the wider community. I have also supervised 14 PhDs, developed an MD(Res) programme in the IOPPN, and have mentored many clinical research fellows, with an outstanding success rate in sponsoring clinical training fellowships. I have published over 300 peer reviewed papers, and hold extensive external research funding, including MRC, Wellcome Trust and NIHR.
2004 Professor of General Hospital Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK
2002 Reader in Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK
1998 Senior Lecturer Psychiatry, Guy’s King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine, King’s College London, UK
1995 MRC Clinical training Fellow, Institute of Psychiatry, UK
1993 MRCPsych (Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists)
1993 Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
PhD in Psychiatric Epidemiology, University of London, UK
MSc Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
MBBS University of London, UK
BSc Psychology and Basic Medical Science, UCL, University of London, UK
Since 2014 I have directed the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London.
Before then I was Cluster lead responsible for Engagement, Population and Informatics and Director of the BRC Nucleus, which was funded by the Maudsley and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charities, and has led to the development of capacity in clinical informatics and bioinformatics.
As the Director of the BRC, I am responsible for ensuring that it meets its goal of improving the lives of people living with mental disorders by bringing new innovations to the clinic.