Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Brain Sciences

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.



Tyrer P, Wang D, Tyrer H, et al., 2020, Influence of apparently negative personality characteristics on the long-term outcome of health anxiety: Secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial., Personality and Mental Health: Multidisciplinary Studies From Personality Dysfunction to Criminal Behaviour, ISSN:1932-8621

Deb S, Crawford M, Sharp D, et al., 2020, Risperidone versus placebo for aggression following traumatic brain injury: a feasibility randomised controlled trial, Bmj Open, Vol:10, ISSN:2044-6055

Crawford MJ, Thana L, Evans R, et al., 2020, Switching antipsychotic medication to reduce sexual dysfunction in people with psychosis: the REMEDY RCT, Health Technology Assessment, Vol:24, ISSN:1366-5278, Pages:1-+

Williams R, Farquharson L, Rhodes E, et al., 2020, Variation in clinical care associated with weekend admission and discharge in psychiatric inpatient units, Bjpsych Open, Vol:6, ISSN:2056-4724

Williams R, Farquharson L, Rhodes E, et al., Impact of substance use disorder on quality of inpatient mental health services for people with anxiety and depression, Journal of Dual Diagnosis, ISSN:1550-4263

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