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Department of Old Age Psychiatry


About the Department of Old Age Psychiatry

We all want to enjoy good mental health when we grow old and receive the very best treatment and care for our parents and grandparents should they develop psychological or psychiatric difficulties. 

Members of the Department of Old Age Psychiatry work together to develop new treatments and to find ways of getting the best for our patients from treatments that are already available. The Department of Old Age Psychiatry is led by Professor Dag Aarsland.

We are a friendly and motivated team who welcome collaboration and are keen to train the next generation of researchers in our field.


Clinical Academic Group

The Mental Health of Older Adults and Dementia Clinical Academic Group brings together academic and clinical staff within the department of Old Age Psychiatry and South London and Maudsley NHS Trust into a single grouping to promote excellent research, teaching and the delivery of clinical services for older people with mental health diagnoses and dementia. 

We provide comprehensive mental health services for the over-65s of the London boroughs of Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham and Croydon, and our teaching of evidence-based practice, supported by World-class research to discover and evaluate better treatments, contributes to our aim of providing the best possible treatment and care of our patients.

For more information about the CAG please have a look at the following website: Clinical Academic Group (CAG) Leadership.

Internationally regarded research

Our research into the basic biology of Alzheimer’s disease and the conduct of randomised controlled trials is internationally regarded. We have a particular commitment to the conduct of high quality independent clinical trials because the results of these can impact positively upon the availability of effective treatments. 

Sharing the results of our work with people who volunteer to take part in research and the public is a high priority for the Department, which has organised Open Days for Alzheimer’s disease research participants, their families and carers and for sixth formers. 

Research partners

Members of the Department’s team carry out biological and clinical research that we believe will have important impact upon our understanding of dementia and other conditions that affect older people that affect older people and lead to the development of better treatments. We do this by working in close collaboration with the Institute's School of Neuroscience, King's Health Partners Centre for Neurodegeneration and NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health.

Our funders

These charities and organisations all provide information about Alzheimer’s disease and current research for the public.

Our courses


Qualification(s): MPhil  PhD  MDRes 

MPhil/PhD from the Department of Old Age Psychiatry & Dementia at King's College London.

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Professional training

Professional training

The IoPPN offers a range of professional training opportunities to support your career development.



Careers in Psychiatry, Mental Health, and Psychology