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CfAD Professors

Prof Allan Young, Professor in Mood Disorders, Director, Centre for Affective Disorders

Research interestscause and treatments for severe psychiatric illnesses, particularly mood disorders

Prof Anthony Cleare Professor of Psychopharmacology & Affective Disorders and Head of the Affective Disorders Research Group

Research interestsClinical psychopharmacology; neuroendocrinology and neurochemistry and functional neuroimaging (PET and f-MRI) of depression, chronic fatigue syndrome and aggression; neuroimaging of serotonin receptor function; biological effects of psychological therapies

Prof Carmine Pariante Professor of Biological Psychiatry and Head of Stress, Psychiatry and Immunology Laboratory & Section of Perinatal Psychiatry

Research interests: investigates the role of stress in the pathogenesis of mental disorders and in the response to psychotropic drugs, both in clinical samples and experimental settings. His work focuses on depression and fatigue, with a particular interest in the perinatal period and in subjects with medical disorders. Moreover, he also uses animal and cellular models.

Academic Staff

Dr Adam PerkinsLecturer in the Neurobiology of Personality

Research intereststo explain why some people are more prone to anxiety than others with a view to explaining the causes, and improve the treatment of, anxiety and depression-related illnesses.

Dr Paul StokesClinical Senior Lecturer in Mood Disorders & Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, South London & Maudsley NHS Trust

Research interestspsychopharmacology and neurochemical basis of bipolar disorder and related co-morbid addictions

Dr Roland ZahnSenior Clinical Lecturer in the Neurocognitive Bases of Mood Disorders,  MRC Clinician Scientist Fellow & Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley Trust

Research interestsUnderstanding the cognitive-anatomical underpinnings of social knowledge and moral emotions and their role in affective disorders as well as social behaviour in neuropsychiatric disorders.

Dr James Rucker NIHR Clinician Scientist

Visiting Academics

The Centre for Affective Disorders has a number of visiting academics;

Prof Cindy Fu, Professor in Affective Neuroscience, University of East London

She trained in psychiatry at the University of Toronto, where she was the Chief Resident at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry (now Centre for Addiction and Mental Health). She was a Wellcome Fellow and completed her PhD in 2004 at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.

Dr Ilaria Galizia, University of Bari, Italy

Prof Gavin Reynolds, Honorary Professor of Neuroscience, Sheffield Hallam University & Professor Emeritus at Queen’s University Belfast

Research interests: understanding changes in the brain in schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders, identifying abnormalities in neurotransmitter systems. Investigating the mechanisms underlying both the wanted and adverse effects of the antipsychotic drugs used to treat schizophrenia.

Prof Jan Scott, Emeritus Professor of Psychological Medicine

Jan Scott is Professor of Psychological Medicine at the University of Newcastle, and has recently been appointed to the post of Chaire d'Excellence with Fondation Fondamental and the Center Expert Bipolaire with the Universite-Paris-Est-Creteil, in France. She is an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Psychiatry and a Distinguished Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.

Professor Scott trained in psychiatry in Newcastle upon Tyne and was then a professor in Glasgow and the Institute of Psychiatry in London, before returning to Newcastle. Professor Scott also held visiting academic posts with Aaron Beck at the Penn State University in Philadelphia, Eugene Paykel at Cambridge University, and Eduard Vieta in Barcelona and was also awarded the RCPsych travelling scholarship to Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. 

General enquiries

Caroline Loveland

PA to Prof Allan Young

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7848 0088


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Centre for Affective Disorders

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

King's College London

PO72 De Crespigny Park

London, SE5 8AF

United Kingdom

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