King's College London Institute of Psychiatry
The Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) is Europe’s largest centre for research and post-graduate education in psychiatry, psychology, basic and clinical neuroscience. The IoP is a School of King’s College London. World renowned for the quality of our research, for psychiatry and psychology, we are the most cited research centre outside the US, and the second most cited in the world as ranked by Thomson ISI Essential Science Indicators. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise we were judged to have the highest research power of any UK institution within the areas of psychiatry, neuroscience and clinical psychology.
The Department of Psychosis Studies is one of the world’s largest research groups focused on psychosis, comprising around 90 staff, including 5 Professors, 3 Readers, 10 Senior Lecturers, and 12 Lecturers. These include leading academics with an expertise in the application of genetics, epidemiology, psychopathology, neuroimaging, cognition, and psychopharmacology in psychosis. The Department has extensive collaborative links with other centres worldwide, and includes over 100 visiting staff.
The research carried out by the Department is focused on the aetiology and mechanisms underlying psychosis, and on the development of new treatments for psychotic disorders. Research studies may involve people with subclinical symptoms, groups at high risk, and patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Research activity is directly integrated with the local clinical services for psychosis in the South London And Maudsley NHS Trust, through the Psychosis Clinical Academic Group (CAG). This unique fusion of the research and clinical infrastructure facilitates implementation of the department’s academic strategy. It ensures that research and teaching reflect current clinical priorities, and that clinical practice is informed by the latest research findings.