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Professor Louise M Howard


Howard,Louise_140x180px H3.10 David Goldberg Centre
Institute of Psychiatry
Box P031
De Crespigny Park

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 5061

Fax: +44 (0) 20 7277 1462





Professor Howard studied medicine at University College London and completed an intercalated BSc in Psychology before finishing her undergraduate studies in 1988. She trained in general medicine in Bloomsbury obtaining the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 1991. After a year as a psychiatry trainee at St George’s Hospital Medical School, she came to the Maudsley Hospital in 1992.

After completing her general psychiatric training and obtaining the MRCPsych she obtained a Wellcome Trust Health Services Research Training Fellowship in perinatal psychiatry. She studied for an MSc in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and then studied for a PhD on the outcome of pregnancy in women with severe mental illness; this work was awarded the Association of European Psychiatrists Research Prize in 2004. She has also been awarded the Institute of Psychiatry Dennis Hill Prize (1996) and the Royal College of Psychiatrists Bronze Medal research prize (1997). She was appointed Senior Lecturer in 2004, promoted to a Reader in Women’s Mental Health in 2008 and to Professor in Women’s Mental Health in 2010.

She is currently Chair of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence Guideline Development Group (update) on Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health, a professional member of the WHO and NICE/SCIE guideline development groups on Preventing and Reducing Domestic Violence, and a member of the International Editorial Board of the British Journal of Psychiatry and Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences. She is Head of the Section of Women’s Mental Health at the Health Service and Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.

Research interests

Her current research interests include the development and evaluation of interventions for women with mental disorders, and epidemiological studies on the outcome of mental disorders in women.

Her research has been funded by NIHR, the UK Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust and other charitable TrustsRecent publications.

Recent publications 


Howard LM, Oram S, Galley H, Trevillion K, Feder G. Domestic violence and perinatal mental health: systematic review and meta-analysis. Plos Med In Press

Jonas S, Bebbington P, Khalifeh H, McManus S, Brugha T, Meltzer H, Howard LM. Intimate partner violence and psychiatric disorder in England: Results from the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey. Epidemiol Psych Sci. In Press

Oram S, Flynn S, Appleby L, Shaw J, Howard LM. Mental disorder and domestic homicide: a population-based descriptive study. Psychiatric Services In Press

Trevillion, K., Byford, S., Cary, M., Rose, D., Oram, S., Feder, G., Agnew-Davies, R., Howard, LM. Linking Abuse and Recovery through Advocacy: an observational study. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences. 2013;30:1-15. Epub ahead of print

Turner-Moss E, Zimmerman C, Howard LM, Oram S. Labour exploitation and health: a case series of men and women seeking post-trafficking services. J Immigrant Minority Hlth 2013 May. [Epub ahead of print]

Dolman C, Jones I, Howard LM. A systematic review and meta-synthesis of the experience of motherhood in women with severe mental illness. Archives of Women’s Mental Health. 2013 March [Epub ahead of print]

Khalifeh H, Birdthistle I, Howard LM, Hargreaves J. Intimate partner violence and socioeconomic deprivation in England: findings from a national cross-sectional survey. American Journal of Public Health. 2013;103(3):462-72.

Jahanfar S, Janssen PA, Howard LM, Dowswell T. Interventions for preventing or reducing domestic violence against pregnant women. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2013, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD009414.

Oram S, Trevillion K, Feder G, Howard LM. Systematic review of the prevalence of domestic violence amongst psychiatric populations. British Journal of Psychiatry. 2013;202:94-99.

Howard LM, Bekele D, Rowe M, Demilew J, Bewley S, Marteau TM. Smoking cessation in pregnant women with mental disorders: a cohort and nested qualitative study. BJOG. 2013;120(3):362-70.

McColl H, Dhillon M, Howard LM. A systematic review of the nutritional status of pregnant women with severe mental illness. Archives of Women’s Mental Health. 2013;16(1):39-46


Oram S, Stockl H, Busza J, Howard LM, Zimmerman C. Systematic review of the prevalence and risk of violence and the physical, mental and sexual health problems associated with human trafficking. Plos Med. 2012;9(5): e1001224.

Page L, Hajat R, Kovats S, Howard LM. Temperature-related Deaths in People with Severe Mental Illness. British Journal of Psychiatry. 2012;200, 485–490.

Howard LM. Domestic violence: its relevance to psychiatry. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment. 2012;18:129-136

Lawlor C, Johnson S, Cole L, Howard LM. Ethnic variations in pathways to acute care and compulsory detention for women experiencing a mental health crisis. Int J Soc Psychiatry. 2012;58(1):3-15

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