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Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry


About the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Children and adolescents live through multiple periods of critical, sometimes chaotic, development affecting the ways they think, feel, and perceive. Biologically and genetically, they are in flux. It is vital that approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of mental health and neurodevelopmental conditions are different from those adopted with adults.

The Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience is world-renowned for its progressive research in this field. Our goal is to understand in principle how childhood disorders are distinct from their adult equivalents. We then apply those principles to prevention, diagnosis and treatment - specifically designed with development in mind.

Areas of expertise

  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Mental Disorders in Intellectual Disability
  • Affective Disorders (Anxiety and Depression)
  • Deliberate Self-Harm
  • Parenting and Antisocial Behaviour
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Neurodevelopment and Mental Health
  • Childhood trauma and PTSD

We provide the essential link between state-of-the-art science and its translation into clinical services, strengthened by our pivotal role within King’s Health Partners and our staff’s myriad connections with the National Specialist teams based at the Maudsley Hospital. The Department is also home to the National Academy of Parenting Research.

The Department is the focus for the Child Mental Disorders theme within the Biomedical Research Centre (funded by the National Institute for Health Research), and is headed by Professor Emily Simonoff.

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PhD Opportunities

For information about the PhD opportunities available within the School of Academic Psychiatry visit Postgraduate Research Programmes page or the online prospectus. For any PhD related enquiries for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, please contact Professor Chiara Nosarti . We also offer a wide range of support, training and development opportunities to our postgraduate research students, these can be found on the Continuing professional development page.

 Current research projects in the department

  • Parenting intervention program;
  • Treatment foster care;
  • Functional imaging in normal development and child psychiatric disorders;
  • Neuropsychology of impulsiveness;
  • Outcome and genetics of ADHD.
  • Parental risk, brain development and psychopathology

Our courses

Duration One year FT, September to September, two years PT for UK-based clinicians working in CAMH/ paediatric settings.

This is a unique course for international and UK-based psychiatrists, paediatricians and psychologists, as well as allied professionals leading to enhanced clinical and research skills in child and adolescent mental health.

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Duration Three years FT; six years PT. Accelerated PT rates available - email for further information. Registration is carried out at three points in the year: October, February and June.

MPhil/PhD/MD(Res) from the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at King's College London.

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Duration One year FT, September to June; two years PT.

Our Family Therapy Grad Cert course enables mental health professionals to develop useful theoretical knowledge and practise skills to enable them to work effectively with couples and families in the context of their own professional practice.

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Duration One year FT, September to September, two years PT.

Our Family Therapy MSc course offers a comprehensive course of clinical training in family therapy, including extensive supervised work with families in both adult and child mental health settings.

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See if you're eligible for a Master's Scholarship for 2020 entry.

Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - PO85 Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience

Miss Ashleagh Joseph-Quinn

020 7848 5312

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), 16 De Crespigny Park, London, SE5 8AF



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Professional training

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