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About Health Service and Population Research


Health Service and Population Research is an outward looking department, providing leadership and coordination for collaborative networks working across King’s College London and with our local NHS Trust, King’s Health Partners, and with a number of institutions worldwide.

  • Centre for Global Mental Health, a joint centre between King’s Health Partners and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health
  • Service User Research Enterprise (SURE)
  • Maudsley International
  • King’s Improvement Science (King’s Health Partners)

HSPR engages in:

  • Research, training and capacity-building
  • Improving coverage and access to evidence-based mental health treatment and care
  • Driving-up the quality of mental health services, and achieving the best outcomes for those that use them
  • Exposing and challenging stigma and discrimination, promoting recovery and rights

We share our knowledge and skills with students through our two taught programmes – the MSc in Applied Mental Health Research and an MSc in Global Mental Health. Our over 40 PhD students from at least 16 countries contribute to a vibrant and diverse educational experience.

Our research is conducted through six Research Groups:


HSPR Department was founded by Professor Graham Thornicroft in 1999.
Professor Martin Prince succeeded as Head of Department from 2013 to 2017.
Professor Craig Morgan succeeded as Head of Department and Professor Sarah Byford as Deputy Head of Department from March 2017.


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