Skip to main content
KBS_Icon_questionmark link-ico



The School of Mental Health & Psychological Sciences is at the forefront of international scientific research.

Our School is home to innovative methodological and clinical sciences that underpin research on mental health and neurological disorders. Our researchers delve into a huge range of fields, from psychology, genetics, and mental health to health economics, statistics, and informatics. This research underscores our comprehensive exploration of mental and physical health, spanning development from childhood to old age.

Through our scientific breakthroughs, we have impacted both individuals and their families, as well as contributing to improved physical and mental health, improved services, and benefits to society. Each of our four departments are leaders in their field and carry out research across the following areas:

Biostatistics & Health Informatics

The Department of Biostatistics & Health Informatics (BHI) has been a major force in the development of quantitative methodology as applied to mental health research, with significant national and international collaborations and with growing impact into all areas of medicine particularly through expertise in trials and software development.

health informatics

Health Service & Population Research

The overall goal of the Department of Health Service & Population Research (HSPR) is to conduct world-leading research and education using the social and health sciences to better understand and to improve health outcomes, systems, and care, both locally and globally, particularly in disadvantaged and marginalised populations.

People walking


For over 60 years, the Department of Psychology has been at the forefront of research into clinical practice. Its research interests span a wide range of mental health disorders and physical health problems, including anxiety disorders, trauma, somatoform disorders, pain, psychosis, depression, antisocial personality, disorders in childhood and adolescence, emotion and personality, and neurodegeneration.


Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry

The Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Department’s focus is on common psychiatric disorders that emerge in childhood such as mood disorders (anxiety and depression), ‘externalising’ disorders (disruptive behaviour including hyperactivity and addictions), and cognitive disorders (learning disabilities and the autistic spectrum). Scientists at the SGDP lead some of the UK’s foremost longitudinal cohort and twin studies including TEDS, eRISK, Dunedin, IMAGEN and GLAD. Collaborative interdisciplinary research and training are the hallmarks of the SGDP, with research encompassing behavioural genetics, molecular genetics, experimental psychology and psychiatry, and neuroimaging.

Genetics DNA

More about Mental Health & Psychological Sciences

Research Groups

Research Groups

Discover the groups undertaking research for the departments within the School of Mental Health and…

Who we are


The School of Mental Health & Psychological Sciences comprises the departments of Psychology…

Contact us

Contact us

School of Mental Health & Psychological Sciences contact information.

Latest News & Events

Demystifying Impact 6

21 June 2024

Demystifying Impact 2024

IoPPN researchers and NHS Trusts staff discussed the effect and importance of partnerships and…

Study at King’s

Sign up for further information

Receive email updates about our courses, events, fees and funding, studying in London, how to apply and more.

Sign up