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About the Department of Psychological Medicine

The Department of Psychological Medicine focuses on the interface between psychiatry and medicine, psychiatry and occupation, psychiatry and the military, and psychiatry in different settings. The disorders of interest are those of the common mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety, perinatal psychiatry, psychological oncology, eating disorders and stress related disorders.

Research in the Department

The principal research methodologies used within the department are epidemiological, clinical and psychological research, including cross sectional studies, cohort studies and randomised controlled trials.

The Head of the Department is Professor Ulrike Schmidt. She is Professor of Eating Disorders at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London.

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Clinical Academic Group (CAG)

Psychological Medicine as a Department and as part of the Clinical Academic Group (CAG) with the same name has a unique position within King’s Health Partners as crossing the divide between psychiatry and medicine.


The Department is responsible for teaching psychiatry and psychology to medical students at King’s College London School of Medicine, one of the largest schools of medicine in the UK. The Vice Dean and Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry the department has an active role in undergraduate and postgraduate psychiatry education for the KCL School of Medicine, the IoPPN and the Maudsley.

The Maudsley Forum

The department hosts The Maudsley Forum, an international annual four day conference, for psychiatrists, psychologists and others interested in mental health. It is suitable for both junior clinicians and experienced consultants. The Forum gives participants the opportunity to learn about the most current advances in clinical and academic psychiatry. For further details visit The Maudsley Forum web pages.

The Maudsley Debates

The Maudsley Debates take place three times a year, have been held at the IoPPN since January 2000 and were the brainchild of Professor Robin Murray. Topics generally focus on issues that have a direct impact on mental health services, service users and mental health professionals.


These interactive, popular and exciting debates attract well known speakers and are attended by service users, carers, professionals, journalists and members of the public. For further details, including the archive of podcasts and videos, visit the Maudsley Debates web pages.

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