Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Medicine

Professor of Mental Health Research



+44 (0)20 3313 4161m.crawford




Ms Nicole Hickey +44 (0)20 3313 4161




7N11bCommonwealth BuildingHammersmith Campus





I am a Professor in Mental Health Research in the Centre for Psychiatry. I also work as an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the Waterview Centre a specialist service for people with personality disorder provided by Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust.

I trained in psychiatry at the Royal Free and Maudsley Hospital and in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Following this I completed an MD on the management of suicidal behaviour.

My primary academic interest is in mental health services research. I am involved in the development and evaluation of psychosocial interventions for people with complex mental health needs such as those with personality disorder and psychoses. Current projects include clinical trials of lamotrigine for people with borderline personality disorder and low intensity psycholsocial interventions. 

I also work for the Royal College of Psychiatrists as the Director of the Centre for Quality Improvement. This involves helping run national mental health audits, quality networks and accreditation programmes aimed at improving the quality of mental health services.



Crawford MJ, Sanatinia R, Barrett B, et al., The clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness of lamotrigine for people with borderline personality disorder: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial, American Journal of Psychiatry, ISSN:0002-953X

Andreas S, Schulz H, Volkert J, et al., 2017, Prevalence of mental disorders in elderly people: the European MentDis_ICF65+ study., Br J Psychiatry, Vol:210, Pages:125-131

Das-Munshi J, Bhugra D, Crawford M, Ethnic minority inequalities in access to treatments for schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders. Findings from a nationally representative cross-sectional study, Bmc Medicine, ISSN:1741-7015

Pearce S, Scott L, Attwood, et al., A randomized controlled trial of democratic therapeutic community treatment for personality disorder., British Journal of Psychiatry, ISSN:1472-1465

Hassiotis A, Poppe M, Strydom A, et al., 2018, Clinical outcomes of staff training in positive behaviour support to reduce challenging behaviour in adults with intellectual disability: cluster randomised controlled trial., Br J Psychiatry, Vol:212, Pages:161-168

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