Department of Psychosis Studies



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Postgraduate students

Damla
Damla
Turkey

Mental Health Studies MSc

After taking my BA in Psychology in Turkey, I decided to study at the IoP because of the vast opportunities it provides for psychiatric research and clinical practice as well as the fact that it is one of the world leaders in the field of mental health.
I chose the MSc in Mental Health Studies in order to gain a deeper understanding of the theoretical background to mental health issues and the assessment, formulation and treatment of psychiatric disorders. 

Besides broadening my understanding of mental health issues it was great to be able to undertake a clinical placement. I gained invaluable experience on my placement at the National Psychosis Unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital. Another practical element of the course I particularly enjoyed was taking part in research projects which enabled me to apply the theoretical knowledge I had gained. 

The teaching staff on the course are very supportive and encouraging - I feel that their efforts contributed a lot to me maturing academically and enabling me to deepen my understanding of the theoretical background to mental health as well as improving my research skills.

Completing the course made me more confident and better equipped to take the next steps in my career and I am currently working as an assistant psychologist at the Bakirkoy Psychiatric Hospital in Istanbul.
Daniel
Daniel
Hong Kong

Mental Health Studies MSc

I have always wanted to pursue a career in clinical psychology to help those suffering from mental illness. I decided to study the MSc in Mental Health Studies at the Institute of Psychiatry (IOP) because of its worldwide reputation for psychiatric research and interdisciplinary training.

 

I had the opportunity to work with classmates from various backgrounds, who shared the same passion as mine for understanding the causes of and treatments for psychiatric disorders. At the same time, I interacted with and learnt from leading scholars in multiple fields of psychology. Outside the classroom, I participated in seminar series with prominent speakers from all over the world.

 

One of the most important aspects of the Programme was the chance to apply my textbook knowledge in research and clinical settings. My research project further developed my skills including collecting data independently while working as part of a team. The Programme also offered me a clinical placement at the Maudsley Hospital as a research assistant that gave me first-hand experience of working with psychiatric patients.

 

I have already been accepted onto the clinical psychology programme in my home city of Hong Kong and I believe my experience at the IOP has provided me with a strong foundation to become a practising clinical psychologist in the near future.

Lexy
Lexy
Mental Health Studies MSc

After my undergraduate degree I wanted to learn more about the clinical aspects of psychology. I chose to complete the MSc part time, giving me enough time to complete the academic requirements for the course, as well as working part time for the NHS.

 

The compulsory Basic Mental Health module increased my understanding of the spectrum of psychiatric disorders, and concepts such as assessment and formulation. The lectures were taught by a range of professionals such as researchers, psychiatrists and clinical psychologists, all experts in their fields.

 

The MSc offers a wide choice of optional modules, which allowed me to develop my knowledge of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and pharmacotherapy. I also took advantage of the optional clinical placements organised by the university, assisting at a mindfulness-based cognitive therapy group. This gave me extremely valuable practical experiences, helping me to develop my own clinical practice.

 

I built upon my research skills through the dissertation, and valued the encouragement and guidance from my supervisor and other staff members. Overall, doing the MSc was a fantastic experience and I strongly recommend it to anyone wishing to pursue a career in clinical psychology.

 

Since finishing the course, I have been offered a position to train as a psychological wellbeing practitioner at an IAPT (improving access to psychological therapies) service. This MSc has given me a strong skills-set including knowledge about CBT principles, research skills and clinical experience, which I hope to build on as I progress in my career.

Aneliya
Aneliya
Organisational Psychiatry & Psychology MSc

I chose King’s College London, not only due to the fact that it is located in a cosmopolitan city, but for its well known reputation. It is a world class university with world class status for both thaught and research programs.



The Institute of Psychiatry is the only postgraduate institution in the United Kingdom dedicated to the study and practice of psychiatry and related subjects. King’s College London and the Institute of Psychiatry not only had the specific program that I was looking for; they had a brilliant board of teachers and professionals that combine professionalism and quality research with warmth and fun. My course leader and supervisor were extremely supportive and compassionate making my experience truly memorable.



I loved the fact that studying at King’s College London gave me the opportunity to interact with people from all over the world and to learn more about their cultures. I would highly recommend King’s College London and the Institute of Psychiatry to all students considering a postgraduate education.
Oxana
Oxana
Organisational Psychiatry & Psychology MSc

OPP is a unique programme that combines the study of organisational psychology and psychiatry. I was interested to learn about mental health disorders, how people’s mental health can be affected when facing pressure at work and what are the interventions that organisations can employ to make sure they keep their staff engaged and performing at their best.

I enjoyed the wide range of subjects covered on the course and the opportunity to have access to the latest research in the field. I also enjoyed being part of the IoP community, where communication and exchange of ideas is highly encouraged by the tutors. Having the opportunity to work on real life examples and case studies, by putting into practice all the theory acquired on the course was something else I really enjoyed doing. Moreover, having colleagues from different backgrounds and cultures meant everyone could bring different perspectives into discussion, which made the whole learning process even more dynamic.

Completing the course at the IoP has offered me the knowledge and preparation to take on a career move. A few months after completing the course, I left a permanent role in management consultancy to pursue psychology. My MSc in OPP and experience in business offers me the right skills to succeed in a wide range of roles, including human capital development and business psychology. I am looking forward to putting into practice everything I learnt on the course.
Paul
Paul
UK

Organisational Psychiatry & Psychology MSc

After completing a BSc in Psychology with Clinical Psychology, I was faced with the inevitable dilemma encountered by most psychology graduates: which branch of psychology should I do my graduate study in?
I wanted to keep my options open so I chose the MSc Mental Health Studies (Organisational Psychiatry & Psychology) to gain an up-to-date knowledge of psychology as applied in clinical, as well as organizational settings.
Studying at King's College London and the Institute of Psychiatry has been extremely fulfilling and enjoyable. I believe the comprehensive academic education I have received has put me in a prominent position to achieve my plans of undertaking doctoral training in clinical psychology and ultimately becoming a consultant.
In addition, I am involved with the university's Widening Participation unit as a student ambassador and I represent the university at several 'Aimhigher' projects during which I give presentations at local schools about the benefits of higher education. This has been a good opportunity to gain work experience and meet like minded people.
Finally, I would advise prospective students to take advantage of the plethora of extracurricular activities offered by King's College London Students' Union (KCLSU) clubs and societies, as these will further enhance your experience at King's.
Rong
Rong
China

Organisational Psychiatry & Psychology MSc

My first degree was in Economics and I knew I wanted to develop a career in human resource management. Rather than a straight forward human resource management course, I was intrigued by the idea of studying something with a psychology element. Even though I had not previously studied psychology, I liked the idea of learning about how to better understand individuals, as well as their relationship with an organisation. I thought this might have a broader application and would also be a very useful skill. I also liked the idea of studying something new as I like to challenge myself!

I like the fact that there is an emphasis on the practical, we look at how things that we are studying can be applied, rather than focusing on only the theory. I like the range of topics we study and the lectures we have from external speakers is brilliant – we are really lucky to be able to learn from successful professionals from a wide range of organisations.

There is a real range of previous work experience amongst students on the course, some have worked for a number of years whereas others have recently graduated. One of the things I really like about the group is that those with more experience are always keen to share these experiences with those of us with less experience.
Chesmal
Chesmal
Psychiatric Research MSc

I studied this programme as part of my Wellcome Trust Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine. It was the perfect course to enhance my skills in psychiatric and mental health research. I had worked as a researcher in mental health prior to the course and this course gave me the chance to hone my skills and learn sound research and statistical methodology. I also had the chance to acquire knowledge on different fields of psychiatric research.

It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life as I had the chance to learn from global leaders in mental health. They were inspirational for me in many ways in developing my career as a researcher and an academic. I am currently conducting research among internally displaced people in Sri Lanka as part of my Wellcome Trust fellowship. The knowledge and skills I learnt from the MSc in Psychiatric Research are helping me immensely to conduct sound research. I had the honour of being selected as the first ever recipient of Professor Robin Murray Award for the best MSc dissertation in Psychiatric Research course, which was very rewarding and gratifying for me.


I strongly consider that graduating from this course was a life changing experience both academically and personally.

Jotheeswaran
Jotheeswaran
Psychiatric Research MSc

Returning to India after completing the MSc in Psychiatric Research, I had 18 months funding from the Wellcome Trust to follow-up those with dementia and cognitive impairment and I also surveyed mortality across the whole Chennai elderly cohort, using the WHO verbal autopsy interview.

I am currently writing papers on cause and cause-specific mortality. This MSc programme has enabled me to function as an independent researcher in India and I can now confidently design research projects, perform statistical analysis, and write research papers for scientific journals.

Sirijit
Sirijit
Psychiatric Research MSc

Studying for the MSc in Psychiatric Research at the Institute of Psychiatry was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The course gave me the skills and confidence to be able to conduct research in various fields of psychiatry. I feel I have become a better psychiatrist and a better researcher as a result.
Suelin
Suelin
Psychiatric Research MSc

The modules and lectures for this programme provided essential knowledge which contained diverse aspects of major research areas that I really needed. Academic opportunities such as various seminars and sessions that I could encounter at the Institute of Psychiatry were very helpful. It was also a pleasure to meet and work with wonderful people during the course. Overall, I feel that my master's course was a very successful experience for both my career and future life.

Staff

Chiara Nosarti
Chiara Nosarti
Mental Health Studies MSc

I am a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Studies and Neuroimaging and module leader for Mind and Brain. My research focuses on the neurodevelopmental changes following early brain injury and on the identification of neuroanatomical biomarkers for schizophrenia. In 2005 and 2008 I was the recipient of a Young Investigator Award by the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression (US), and in 2010 I edited a volume for Cambridge University Press on the neurodevelopmental outcomes of very preterm birth.
Derek Tracy
Derek Tracy
Mental Health Studies MSc

Derek is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust where he works both in a Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team at the Princess Royal University Hospital, and for the borough Liaison and Intake Team. His research interests are in TMS and fMRI and he works with the Cognition, Schizophrenia and Imaging lab at the Institute of Psychiatry. He lectures on the Basic Mental Health and Mental Health in the Workplace modules, and is running the Pharmacotherapy module with Dr. Giaroli.
Giovanni Giaroli
Giovanni Giaroli
Mental Health Studies MSc

I feel honoured to be have been running the pharmacotherapy module for the third year in a row. I am very pleased to see the number of students interested in pharmacological issues and in this module increasing exponentially. I am also pleased to report that in previous years students were all successful in their exams and essays with a remarkably high number of distinctions.

I am a child and adolescent psychiatrist working in North East London. I have been working in psychiatry in three different countries and I have always been interested in the application of the base science into the clinical practice. I am currently investigating with colleagues of an Italian university the subjective experience of adolescents who are taking antipsychotics and how it correlates with their compliance and their quality of life. I am also currently writing a text-book on antipsychotics and adolescents for Italian universities.

I am moving my research interest towards subjective experience and ADHD. This opens the possibility to any student who is interested to collaborate with me on this project. Needless to say that there are several possibilities for clinical attachment in child and adolescent psychiatry in my department in North East London.

Kate Tchanturia
Kate Tchanturia
Mental Health Studies MSc

Kate is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the Eating Disorder Service in the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. She has obtained her PhD in Experimental Psychology, and worked as a clinical psychologist for twenty years in different clinical settings. For the last ten years her clinical work and research studies have focused on eating disorders, including neuropsychology, cognitive and cultural aspects of the illness.

Kate is an author of a textbook in psychological assessment, publishes in peer journals and is Chair of a specialist interest group on neuropsychology and eating disorders in the Academy of Eating Disorders; the largest international organisation in the field. Kate was nominated for the King’s College London Teaching Excellence Award in 2006 and 2010 and won the award in 2009.
Madeleine Oakley
Madeleine Oakley
Mental Health Studies MSc

Programme Leader

Madeleine trained as a Systemic Family Psychotherapist at the IoP, and also as a psychonanalytic psychotherapist at the Institute of Psychotherapy and Social Studies. She has twenty years of experience as a clinician working in mental health settings in the NHS and voluntary sector. Since 1997 she has taught and supervised post-graduate students at the Institute of Psychiatry and Maudsley hospital. She is the editor of a multi-media training package in Family Therapy, produced with the Marlborough Family Service. Madeleine is the leader of the Basic Mental Health and Psychological Therapies modules on the Programme and was nominated for the King's Teaching Excellence Award 2010.

Gilly Wiscarson
Gilly Wiscarson
Organisational Psychiatry & Psychology MSc

The first of its kind in Europe, this programme offers the unique opportunity to study the application of psychological and psychiatric principles in organisational settings. The course offers an introduction to a broad range of organisational psychology topics including personality, leadership, motivation, workplace conflict and organisational change. We also explore stress-related ill health, absenteeism, occupational physical illness, health and safety requirements, and drug and alcohol misuse. Students learn how to design and evaluate workplace interventions to prevent and alleviate these problems. Teaching methods include lectures and workshops, student-led presentations, and external visits to leading organisations. Recent visiting speakers on the course included Professor Adrian Furnham, Professor Rob Briner, Dr Andrew McCulloch, and Andrew Kinder – all leading experts in the field.

My background is in management consultancy, combining business strategy training and business psychology, and I specialise in helping teams within organisations to deal with stress resulting from multiple change. My experience has helped me to design this programme in a way that applies these very important theories to real life organisational situations.

One of the aspects of this course that makes it unique is that students come from varied backgrounds; all hold a first degree - not necessarily in psychology - and this brings a richness of experience which is greatly valued. Some students have the opportunity to join a research project offered by internationally renowned researchers here at the Institute of Psychiatry. Others prefer to develop their own research interests; recent topics have included the comparison in motivation in two different departments of the same organisation; a survey of attitudes and behaviours related to the Blackberry; change in British Airways; line managers' stress prevention behaviour; and bullying at work.

As many students are interested in careers in management consultancy, a Management Consultancy Special Interest Group has been set up and is now attached to the course, which meets on a regular basis to explore key issues in this area.

Feedback from former students tells us that their careers have been enormously enhanced by their MSc Organisational Psychiatry & Psychology qualification. Many have taken on senior management roles in organisations, sometimes in HR and in organisational development and training. Some further their studies in psychology.

Dr Eugenia Kravariti
Dr Eugenia Kravariti
Psychiatric Research MSc

Dr Kravariti is the Programme Director for the MSc in Psychiatric Research. In addition to leading and co-ordinating the programme, Dr Kravariti teaches on the course. She is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychosis Studies with primary research interests in the neuropsychology of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and in e-health applications to psychosis.

Dr Kravariti is currently leading a twin study of psychological endophenotypes in bipolar disorder and a series of projects investigating SMS-based interventions in psychosis.
Dr Jane Boydell
Dr Jane Boydell
Psychiatric Research MSc

Dr Boydell is the programme chair for the MSc in Psychiatric Research. She is also an academic tutor and personal tutor for the course. Dr Boydell is a clinical lecturer in the Division of Psychological Medicine and Psychiatry and Consultant Psychiatrist at the Bethlem Hospital. Her research interests include the investigation of social factors in the development of psychosis. Dr Boydell is currently the lead researcher on a project investigating the influence of social cohesion on the development of psychosis.
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