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King's Centre for Military Health Research

King's Centre for Military Health Research

The King’s Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR) is a joint initiative between the Department of Psychological Medicine and the Department of War Studies in the IoPPN’s sister School of Social Science and Public Policy at King’s College London.

The Centre has three main strands of research: war and health; war and psychiatry; personnel issues and social policy.

One of its major projects has been a prospective investigation of the physical and psychological health of a random sample of 20,000 UK service personnel, comparing those who have served in Iraq with those haven’t. The Centre continues to investigate this cohort, with the addition of a new sample of service personnel who have served in Afghanistan, looking at the physical, social and psychological aspects of military service in the 21st century.

Funders of the Centre’s research include the Ministry of Defence, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Reuters, the BBC, the Economic and Social Research Council and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

The Centre runs the MSc in War and Psychiatry that explores the evidence and conflicting explanations for psychological disorders of war.


KCMHR is led by Professor Simon Wessely who is the Vice Dean, Academic Psychiatry, Teaching and Training at the IoPPN and also heads the Department of Psychological Medicine, and Professor Christopher Dandeker in the Department of War Studies is co-director.


KCMHR is based at the Weston Education Centre on the Denmark Hill campus of King’s College London, nearby to the IoPPN.

Find out more about the work of King’s Centre for Military Health Research

King’s Centre for Military Health Research
Weston Education Centre
Cutcombe Road
London SE5 9RJ
Phone: 020 7848 5351
Fax: 020 7848 5397

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