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 Mental Health. 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 creative therapies, brief intervention for alcohol misuse and problem solving therapy. 

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


Williams R, Farquharson L, Palmer L, et al., 2016, Patient preference in psychological treatment and associations with self-reported outcome: national cross-sectional survey in England and Wales, Bmc Psychiatry, Vol:16, ISSN:1471-244X

Crawford MJ, Thana L, Farquharson L, et al., 2016, Patient experience of negative effects of psychological treatment: results of a national survey, British Journal of Psychiatry, Vol:208, ISSN:0007-1250, Pages:260-265

Sanatinia R, Cowan V, Barnicot K, et al., 2016, Loss of relational continuity of care in schizophrenia: associations with patient satisfaction and quality of care., Bjpsych Open, Vol:2, Pages:318-322

Crawford MJ, Barnicot K, Patterson S, et al., 2016, Negative results in phase III trials of complex interventions: cause for concern or just good science?, British Journal of Psychiatry, Vol:209, ISSN:0007-1250, Pages:6-8

Tyrer PJ, Wang D, Tyrer H, et al., 2016, Dimensions of dependence and their influence on the outcome of cognitive behaviour therapy for health anxiety: randomised controlled trial, Personality and Mental Health, Vol:10, ISSN:1932-863X, Pages:95-105

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