Psychiatry

The Centre for Psychiatry’s mission is to conduct pioneering, innovative research that results in more effective prevention, assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders. The Centre comprises of internationally leading researchers. Research is conducted across the life-span using a breadth of approaches including neuroimaging (PET, MR), experimental medicine with behavioural and pharmacological challenges, epidemiology, genetics and clinical trials of newly developed and established psychological and pharmacological interventions using mixed methodology.

The Centre is linked with two local psychiatric Trusts, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and West London Mental Health Trust. In addition to its clinically trained staff (psychiatry, psychology), a range of disciplines exist within its non-clinical members. Our academic members of staff are major contributors to the Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching programmes in Neuroscience and Mental Health at Imperial College London.

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Research units


Research within the Section of Psychiatry extends across several key areas, incorporating a range of groups and studies - explore these in further detail below:

Child and adolescent mental health research

Mental health services research

Neuropsychopharmacology

Neuropsychiatric genetics

Personality disorder research

Centre leadership


Head of Psychiatry

Professor Anne Lingford-Hughes is an Addiction Psychiatrist whose research focuses on using neuroimaging and neuropharmacological challenges to characterize the neurobiology of addiction to improve treatment.

Professor Lingford-Hughes leads the MRC Addiction Research Clinical Training Programme (MARC) with Professor Colin Drummond, Institute of Psychiatry Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London and Prof Matt Hickman, University of Bristol. For events and opportunities associated with MARC see the MRC Addiction Research website. She is also Chair of the Academic Faculty of RCPsych.

Further information on Professor Lingford-Hughes


Deputy Head of Psychiatry

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

Further information on Professor Ramchandani