The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN)

The IoPPN works to transform care for people who are affected by mental health and neurological conditions, through world-class research, education and training, and to serve our communities locally and globally.
The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), one of the nine faculties at King’s College London, is Europe’s largest centre for research and postgraduate education in psychiatry, psychology, basic and clinical neuroscience. We are world-renowned for the quality of our research and the IoPPN produces more highly cited publications in psychiatry and mental health (Scopus, 2016) than any other university in the world.
The IoPPN has over 2,000 students, 1,000 staff (370 core funded) and a turnover of £125 million (£60 million research). Split across Denmark Hill and Guy’s Campus, the IoPPN has the unique advantage of being co-located with the world famous Maudsley Hospital, now part of the South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust.

​​​​​​​This successfully facilitates the seamless movement of researchers and clinicians between the two institutions and ensures high quality translational research, new understanding of the nervous system and novel approaches to treatment.
Together, SLaM and King’s have been responsible for many ground-breaking evidence-based developments in mental health and neuroscience, from basic science across the full translational range of activities. Breakthroughs include the contributions by Rosalind Franklin, Ray Gosling and Maurice Wilkins to understanding the structure of DNA, the treatment of shell shock, the Maudsley model for treating eating disorders, medication for migraines, CBT for psychosis, the role of nicotine in addiction, stem cell therapy to repair stroke damage, and many more. 

Our impact over the past 100 years was recently honoured when Her Majesty the Queen awarded King’s the country’s first
Regius Chair in Psychiatry in 2013, as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.​​​​

The partnerships with NHS trusts, charities, industry, and national and international academics allows us to apply cross-disciplinary perspectives to prevention, treatment and novel research approaches. Working across the lifespan, as well as the mental and physical health interface, we influence policy, practice and public understanding of mental health and neuroscience.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework we were judged to have the second highest research power in the UK for Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, and the impact of our work was 100% world leading or internationally excellent, and our research environment judged as 100% world leading.
We are home to one of the world’s largest centres for postgraduate education and research in the areas of psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience, and we are ranked 1st in the world for the number of research papers in these areas in the top 10% (Scopus Data).

Our world-class research-led learning experience attracts the very best students from around the world. Students have unparalleled opportunities in clinical training, placements and research as a consequence of the Institute’s long relationship with, and close proximity to, the Maudsley Hospital.
Our psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience courses offer training in a variety of specialist fields that have clear applications in mental health care and neuroscience (including careers in clinical, forensic or health psychology, clinical neuropsychiatry, neurology, neuroimaging, therapy, addictions work, mental health nursing, NHS service management). Our teaching activities have expanded from around 100 full-time-equivalent students to around 1,000 over the last two decades and we launched our first full undergraduate programme in psychology three years ago, which has been heavily oversubscribed. We currently offer five undergraduate courses and 26 postgraduate courses.
In January 2020 we launched a five-year strategic plan, the main pillars of which are people and culture, research, education, international and impact and influence.  Following the launch of the strategy we have transformed the existing Divisions within the Institute into Schools and, the Head of Schools together with their respective Heads of Department, are undertaking an academic reshaping to ensure that our academic configuration is optimised to take advantage of funding opportunities for research that will materialise over the next five years.

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The IoPPN is made up of three major academic Schools and 14 departments.

IoPPN Faculty and Schools structure
The proposed PMCYP Centre Director will collaborate with all CAGs in addition to the Child and Adolescent CAG, given the early onset in young people of numerous conditions such as psychosis, eating disorders, and autism, affective disorders.

School of Academic Psychiatry  

The School of Academic Psychiatry comprises six departments and includes more than 100 Principal Investigators, with research grants of £30-40 million. We have programs covering the whole spectrum of psychiatry from public policy to molecular genetics, from psychological treatments to brain imaging. Our work covers the life span, healthy adults and children as well as people with physical and mental health conditions: 

  • 75% of mental health disorders start in childhood and the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry is world-renowned for its basic and translational research in this field, including autism, ADHD, antisocial behaviour, intellectual disability, trauma, mood and eating disorders;
  • The Addictions Department houses the National Addiction Centre, which over the last 30 years has developed a body of research evidence that has informed the development of new treatment services for alcohol, smoking and drug problems in the UK;
  • The Department of Psychosis Studies is one of the world’s largest groups conducting research on psychosis and in 2013 launched the world’s first post-graduate course on early intervention in psychosis;  
  • Research in the Department of Psychological Medicine focuses on affective disorders, eating disorders, the interface between psychiatry and medicine, psychiatry and occupation, psychiatry and the military, and psychiatry in different settings and is pioneering translational research into the integration of mental and physical healthcare; 
  • The Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences is one of Europe’s largest research groups focusing on the development of prosocial and antisocial behaviours across the lifespan and world leaders in brain imaging of infants, and in relating differences in brain structure and function to social and cognitive development; and
  • The Old Age Psychiatry Department’s research into the basic biology of Alzheimer’s disease, the clinical features and aetiology of psychosis in later life and the conduct of randomised controlled trials is internationally regarded and has changed the landscape of clinical care for psychiatric disorders in old age.