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Dr Lauren Rayner is lecturer in Integrating mental and physical healthcare in the Department of Psychological Medicine.  

Lauren joined King’s College London in 2007 and obtained her PhD in 2012. She specialises in the interface between mental and physical health, in particular the link between depression and anxiety and long-term conditions, and how to connect mental and physical healthcare. Lauren is Research and Education lead for the Integrating Mental and Physical healthcare: Research Training and Services (IMPARTS) programme. In addition, Lauren is part of the IOPPN Diversity and Inclusion Parent and Carer’s Working Group. 

Research Interests

  • Mental physical co-morbidity 
  • Integrated care 
  • Digital health interventions 
  • Patient-reported outcome measurement 
  • Implementation science 
  • Epidemiology 
  • Depression in advanced disease/palliative care 
  • Clinical guideline development 
  • Quality Improvement 

Research Groups

  • Integrating Mental and Physical healthcare: Research Training and Services (IMPARTS) 
  • Section of General Hospital Psychiatry 
  • NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre 

Expertise and Public Engagement

  • King’s Health Partner’s Mind and Body Champion 
  • Integrated Care Consultation Partners Group  


Lauren is Module Lead for the level 7 MSc module ‘Mental health skills for non-mental health professionals’, which runs four times per academic year. The course teaches clinicians working in physical healthcare settings core skills in the detection and management of common mental health presentations including depression and anxiety, confusion and agitation, persistent physical symptoms and substance misuse.  

Lauren developed and is Academic Lead for King’s College London’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) ‘Integrating Care: Depression, Anxiety and Physical Illness’, which is open to health professionals, patients and the public, with >12,000 enrolments per year.   

Post-graduate and PhD supervision (Department of Health Psychology and Department of Psychological Medicine)