Mental health

Researchers at the Centre for Mental Health aim to develop more effective ways to prevent, assess and treat mental disorders. The main focus of the Centre is on severe mental disorders such as personality disorder, psychosis, mood disorders and ADHD. Research into the epidemiology of these conditions is studied throughout the life course from childhood to late life, along with clinical trials of newly developed and established interventions. This knowledge together with qualitative data from people with lived experience of poor mental health is used to develop more effective methods for preventing the onset of mental illness, testing new treatment strategies and improving the mental health of people who experience these conditions.

Research activities are supported by substantial external funding with additional support from Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and West London Mental Health Trust. Members of the Centre collaborate with other investigators within Imperial College (including the Neuropsychopharmacology), and numerous university departments in the UK and internationally, including the University of Bergen (Norway), the University of Leiden (The Netherlands), University of Otago (New Zealand), and Reykjavik University (Iceland).

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Head of Centre


Professor Michael Crawford is involved in the development of psychosocial interventions for people with mental health needs, such as those with personality disorder and psychoses.

Further information on Professor Crawford

Deputy Head of Centre


Dr Paul Ramchandani uses a variety of research methodologies to investigate the prevention of mental health problems in infancy and childhood.

Further information on Dr Ramchandani

Research group leads