The Department of Psychology is committed to research and works with a number of organisations to drive forward psychological research, and to provide information and support to those affected by mental and physical health problems.
- The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre and Dementia Biomedical Research Unit at the South London and Maudsley NHS and Institute of Psychiatry. This centre provides the infrastructure for experimental and translational research in mental health and neuroscience. A central part of the BRC work involves the development of new psychological approaches to management of mental health problems, chronic physical health conditions and neurological disorders. Researchers within the Department of Psychology play a key role in this activity.
- The Mental Health Research Network (MHRN) is part of England's National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). It is run by the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London within the Department of Psychology and the University of Manchester. The director of the MHRN is Professor Til Wykes, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation at the Institute of Psychiatry, Department of Psychology. MHRN works with everyone who needs to be involved in research projects – researchers, mental health professionals, people with experience of mental health problems, their families and research and development staff based in NHS trusts.
- Service User’s Research Enterprise (SURE) undertakes research that tests the effectiveness of services and treatments from the perspective of people with mental health problems and their carers. SURE aims to involve service users in a collaborative way in the whole research process: from design to data collection, through to data analysis and dissemination of results.
- The Service User Advisory Group, supported by the NIHR BRC, is a group of service users that offers advice and expertise to the BRC as a whole and to each of its research themes (which cover most mental health diagnoses in both adults and children, and include the dementias and addictions). We believe that service user perspectives are critically important in mental health research.