Professor of Developmental Psychology
Emeritus Professor of Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry
Professor of Psychiatric Genetics
Chair in Social/Personality Psychology
Emeritus Professor Of Molecular Genetics
Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Professor of Biological Psychiatry
Clinical Reader in Psychosis Research
Emeritus Professor of Developmental Psychology
Professor of Developmental Behavioural Genetics
Emeritus Professor of Psychiatric Nosology
Professor of Preclinical Models of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Professor of Developmental Psychopathology
Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
Professor of Developmental Disorders and Neuropsychiatry
Professor of Genetic Epidemiology & Statistics
Emeritus Professor of Developmental Epidemiology
Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow
Emeritus Professor of Psychiatric Genetics
Chair in Social Behaviour & Development
Professor of Behavioural Genetics
Honorary Lecturer & Research Fellow
Visiting Professor of Statistical Genetics
Emeritus Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Senior Lecturer in Epigenetics
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The ADHD Remote Technology (ART) research programme focuses on the development and application of a novel remote measurement technology system for ADHD
The Stress & Development Lab is led by Andrea Danese, Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. The Lab aims to understand how stressful experiences in childhood affect development and later health, and how to best support children who had such traumatic experiences.
E-Risk study, now in its third decade, follows the lives of 2232 twins born in 1994-95 in England and Wales. The study builds knowledge about how environmental and genetic factors shape behaviors, attitudes and health.
The EDIT lab is led by Prof Thalia Eley and consists of post doctoral researchers, PhD students, and both undergraduate and masters students. We study genetic and environmental influences on the development and treatment of anxiety and depression. We are based at the SGDP Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London.
The IoPPN Genomics & Biomarker Core Facility offers services from sample preparation to bioinformatics support.
The Myeloid Leukaemia Genomics and Biology Group is interested in how clonal haematopoietic cell populations cause disease in blood and beyond.
The Repeated Assessment of Mental health in Pandemics (RAMP) study is a research project assessing the effect of COVID-19 on the mental health and wellbeing of the population.
The ReSpect Lab, led by Professor Francesca Happé, comprises researchers and postgraduate students actively engaged in researching autism across the spectrum and lifespan.
Led by Professor Cathryn Lewis, it is a cross-school unit, comprising 20 researchers in the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre and in the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics. Our aims are to develop and apply statistical methods to identify and characterise the genetic component to common, complex disorders.
The Twin Early Development Study (TEDS) is one of the leading large-scale twin studies in the world. Starting in 1994, it has followed twins born in England and Wales throughout their childhood and adolescence and has now continued into early adulthood.
Further details about our traditional PhD programme can be viewed at the KCL Online Prospectus.
If you wish to apply for the SGDP Centre's traditional PhD programme, you should:
Identify and approach a potential supervisor. Information about potential supervisors at the Centre can be viewed in the People and Research Groups tabs.
Start to consider/identify funding opportunities*. For further information on funding opportunities available visit our Postgraduate research funding page.
*Studentships for our traditional PhD programme will be advertised on this page. Studentships for the following academic year are normally advertised around January-February. Applicants not applying for an advertised studentship must attach the following to their application:
- Confirmation of sponsorship funding** for the full duration of the programme.
- Confirmation of support from their proposed supervisor.
**Visit our Fees and funding page for more information on costs
Further information about how to apply for a traditional PhD can be found here.
For any other questions about the SGDP PhD programme, please contact the SGDP Centre:
Telephone: 020 7848 0873
SGDP Centre Anti-Racism Working Group
Our core focus is to promote an anti-racist agenda within the SGDP Centre and to promote diversity within our community and equality of opportunity for all, extending to all intersections within racialised groups.
Racism is systemic across all structures of society. We recognise that our majority white department has collectively sustained an inherently racist system. Dismantling racism will require all of us to actively call out every instance of racism, both structural and individual, and actively fight against white supremacy.
This group aims to hold our community accountable, to fight against complacency. Equality, diversity and inclusion are described as the cornerstones of the King’s Strategic Vision 2029, and we seek to uphold these values, in line with the wider work of the IoPPN Race Equality Network.
- We will support staff and students to listen sensitively, empathise, discuss, and learn about race and racism.
- We will hold the SGDP Centre executive committee accountable on prioritising an anti-racist agenda.
- We will plan, propose, and instigate tangible initiatives to promote diversity and equality of opportunity among students and staff at all levels of seniority.
- We will provide feedback on our work to the SGDP Centre community at all centre meetings (held termly).
- We will hold fortnightly group meetings to discuss progress and plans. These meetings remain open and inclusive, for any members of the SGDP Centre community to join.
Please join our group
Please join us to ensure that our work benefits from the knowledge, opinions, and perspectives of individuals across the SGDP Centre. Anyone working or studying at the SGDP Centre can join the MS Team to stay in the loop, without committing to attend all meetings.
We recognise that the topics we discuss can be triggering and upsetting, impacting different group members in different ways. These are not passive intellectual topics, and it can be exhausting to do this type of work as a person of colour. It takes time to install the correct support and find solutions. We commit to being mindful of the need to avoid burdening people from racially minoritised groups, and of the potential for triggering racial trauma.
This is a learning process, requiring constant reflection and challenging of assumptions that are so deeply ingrained in our practice and institutions.
To join or hear more, contact any team member or email antiracism-SGDP@kcl.ac.uk
Current subgroups and ongoing projects (last updated July 2021)
(1) SGDP Centre protocol
This subgroup aims to develop and embed procedures and practices for the SGDP Centre that are consistent with an anti-racism agenda. The subgroup aspires to identify and act on racist research and recruitment practices, facilitate opportunities for research teams to improve, and develop and maintain support systems for those from racialised communities.
Ongoing projects include:
- Development of a preferred language glossary for all staff and students
- Surveying SGDP Centre executive committee and staff and student groups, to capture current perceptions, opinions and knowledge about race and racism at the Centre
- Developing support structures for lab groups and early career researchers, helping them commit to anti-racist practices in their work and group culture
- Developing a new application form, procedure, and advertising method for placement students
(2) SGDP Centre internal events and communication
This subgroup aims to organise events on anti-racism, including talks, training opportunities, and social events, for members of the SGDP Centre and the wider King’s community. This subgroup is responsible for communicating our progress and planned events to the SGDP Community, through our fortnightly newsletter.
KCL talks organised and/or promoted by our group include:
(3) SGDP Centre external events and wider opportunities
This subgroup aims to provide mentoring, allyship, training, and communication for people and organisations outside of King’s. This subgroup aims to demystify academia and research careers, inspiring and improving accessibility for a more diverse group of students.
Ongoing projects include:
- Developing work experience, training, and mentoring opportunities for prospective students, building meaningful relationships with aspiring scientists from diverse backgrounds
- Visiting local schools and youth clubs to deliver talks about our work and career paths.
- Co-ordinating the IoPPN Youth Awards, a faculty-wide outreach programme for London-based teenagers.
Current group members (last updated July 2021)
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