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Professor Dame Til Wykes receives 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award in Research

The International Neuropsychological Society Lifetime Achievement award recognises Professor Dame Til Wykes' contributions to schizophrenia research.

Professor Til Wykes
Professor Dame Til Wykes

Professor Dame Til Wykes has received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Research from the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) for her contributions to developing, testing, and implementing novel treatments for people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia.

The award, which recognizes lifetime achievement for contributions in research, education, or service in the field of neuropsychology, was presented to Professor Dame Wykes by the INS at their Global Innovations in Science and Practice meeting in Barcelona on 6-8 July 2022.

I am delighted to have received an award for my research. My only problem is that this is a Lifetime Achievement Award and I thought I had lots more to do!– Professor Dame Til Wykes, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation at the IoPPN, King's College London

Dame Til Wykes is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation and Head of the School of Mental Health & Psychological Sciences at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London. She is also a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. She has developed, tested and implemented novel treatments for people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. She led the NHS-wide infrastructure to support mental health research for the National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) and is an NIHR senior investigator and NIHR Senior Spokesperson on mental health research.

In addition to her scientific studies, grants and publications, her research has had impact through the development of the CIRCuiTS cognitive remediation software and novel co-production methods that are used internationally. She influenced national and international research strategies through the European ROAMER, and UK Mental Health Research Goals projects.

Dame Til championed Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) by founding the renowned Service User Research Enterprise which employs excellent researchers with experience of using mental health services. She is currently part of SMARTEN, an ESRC funded network on student mental health. Her influence has been recognised by the British Psychological Society (2014), a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDTM for the Largest Mental Health Lesson, a Damehood from the Queen (2016) and by the EPA for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in Working to Improve Mental Health Care in Europe.

Many congratulations to Dame Til for this recognition of her amazing achievements across the board. And I am also delighted to reassure her that she does indeed have a lot more things to do. We will allow her a glass of champagne and then it’s back to work.– Professor Sir Simon Wessely, IoPPN Interim Executive Dean, King's College London

For further information, please contact the IoPPN Communications Team (ioppn-pr@kcl.ac.uk).

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Til Wykes

Til Wykes

Head of the School of Mental Health & Psychological Sciences