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04 September 2023

IoPPN welcomes new Executive Dean Professor Matthew Hotopf

A new chapter for world class Institute as Professor Hotopf begins his five-year tenure as Executive Dean.

Matthew Hotopf

The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) is delighted to welcome new Executive Dean Professor Matthew Hotopf CBE. Professor Hotopf has been with King’s for over 25 years and brings outstanding expertise and experience to the role. 

I’m hugely looking forward to leading the IoPPN, a place I owe a great deal to. We have much to celebrate in our current research and education and its wider impact on society, but there is so much more still to be done if we are to meet our mission to transform care for people affected by mental health and neurological conditions. Our interdisciplinary configuration and partnerships means that we are uniquely placed to make a difference – which makes it such an honour to take this role.

Professor Matthew Hotopf

Matthew Hotopf is Professor of General Hospital Psychiatry at the IoPPN and a consultant liaison psychiatrist. As an alumnus of King’s, Professor Hotopf has a rich history with the university. He became Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at Guy’s King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine in 1998, establishing an eminent career which includes roles within King’s Health Partners (KHP) and at the IoPPN.

As Vice Dean (Research) at the IoPPN from 2017, he led the IoPPN’s return to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 and for nine years was Director of the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), leading it twice to a successful renewal.

Matthew trained in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and in Psychiatry at the Maudsley. He has broad research interests including using epidemiological and novel mobile health methods to interrogate the relationship between mental and physical health. He has a national research profile as a member of the REF and inaugural chair of the NIHR’s Translational Research Collaboration in Mental Health.

Matthew has demonstrated outstanding leadership and successful delivery of critical projects for King’s, such as REF2021 for the IoPPN and the Directorship and renewal of the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre. He is an exemplar at managing complex partnerships across research, healthcare services, policy, industry, funding and clinical care. Matthew is a great motivator, encouraging both staff and students to fulfil their potential. I am looking forward to Matthew leading the IoPPN into its next chapter.

Professor Shitij Kapur, President & Principal of King’s College London

Professor Hotopf’s awards include CBE for services to Psychiatric Research in June 2018 and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine’s 2016 Wayne Katon Research Award. He is also a NIHR Senior Investigator and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Matthew’s appointment follows a strong and successful interim tenure by Professor Sir Simon Wessely, and the IoPPN extends a sincere note of gratitude as he steps down from this role.

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Matthew Hotopf

Executive Dean, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience