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The Senior Leadership Team provides the strategic direction and focus for the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

Led by the Executive Dean, Professor Matthew Hotopf CBE, supported by the Dean of Education, Director of Operations, Vice Dean (Research), Vice Dean (International), Vice Dean (Culture, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion), Heads of School and Heads of Department.

Executive Dean: Professor Matthew Hotopf CBE

Professor Matthew Hotopf CBE has been with King’s for over 25 years. He is Professor of General Hospital Psychiatry at the IoPPN and a consultant liaison psychiatrist. Matthew trained in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and in Psychiatry at the Maudsley.

He was appointed Vice Dean (Research) at the IoPPN in 2017 and for nine years was Director of the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC). He has a national research profile as a member of the Research Excellence Framework and inaugural chair of the NIHR’s Translational Research Collaboration in Mental Health.

His awards include a CBE for services to Psychiatric Research in June 2018 and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine’s 2016 Wayne Katon Research Award. He is also an NIHR Senior Investigator and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

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Director of Operations: Richard Barnard

Richard Barnard is Director of Operations. He is also joint Denmark Hill Campus Dean. He is responsible for the faculty professional services functions including Education Support Team, Press & Communications, Health & Safety, Diversity & Inclusion, Research & Development and the faculty Deanery.

Working with the Executive Dean he provides leadership and oversees strategy, planning, faculty resources and the day to day running of the faculty.

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Dean of Education: Professor Juliet Foster

Professor Juliet Foster is a social psychologist whose work focuses on public understandings of heath problems, and in particular of mental health.

She draws on theories from sociocultural psychology and is an important part of the international community of scholars working on social representations theory. She is the academic lead for King’s College London on student mental health and well-being.

Juliet is the Chair of the Education and Training Board of the British Psychological Society, and an Associate Editor of both Papers on Social Representations and Psychology, Public Policy and Law.


Head of the School of Mental Health & Psychological Sciences: Professor Dame Til Wykes

Professor Dame Til Wykes is Head of the School of Mental Health & Psychological Sciences. She is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation at King’s College London, and she edits the Journal of Mental Health.

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Head of the School of Neuroscience: Professor Mark Richardson

Professor Mark Richardson is the Head of the School of Neuroscience. He is both a practicing neurologist, regularly holding epilepsy clinics at King’s College Hospital, as well as a research team leader, running a lab whose focus is on understanding the mechanisms of epilepsy using multi-modal brain imaging approaches.

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Head of the School of Academic Psychiatry: Professor Allan Young

Professor Allan Young is Head of the School of Academic Psychiatry. He is Professor of Mood Disorders, and holds the Chair of Mood Disorders.

He is also the Director of the Centre for Affective Disorders within the Department of Psychological Medicine and is an Honorary Consultant with the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

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Vice Dean (International): Professor Paola Dazzan

Paola Dazzan is Professor of Neurobiology of Psychosis and has additional responsibility for international partnerships.

Her main area of interest is the application of brain imaging to the study of the early stages of psychosis, and the relationship between brain, other biological risk factors for psychosis, and the biological effects of antipsychotics.

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Vice Dean (Research): Professor Corinne Houart

Professor Corinne Houart is Vice Dean of Research at the IoPPN. She is Professor of Developmental Neurobiology and Deputy Head of the Centre of Developmental Neurobiology, having led the centre from 2011-14.

Her group is internationally recognised as leading research into the molecular and cellular mechanisms that drive forebrain development and the evolutionary mechanisms underlying vertebrate brain regionalisation.

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Vice Dean (Culture, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion): Professor Stephani Hatch

Professor Stephani Hatch is a Professor of Sociology and Epidemiology at the IoPPN.

She leads the Health Inequalities Research Group: an interdisciplinary research programme and public engagement activities focused on urban mental health. inequalities in mental health and health services. discrimination and young adult mental health.

The group is supported by the Wellcome Trust, Economic and Social Research Council and NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre.


Heads of Department

The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience is divided into 14 academic departments and centre across three major academic Schools: Academic Psychiatry, Mental Health & Psychological Sciences, and Neuroscience.