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Professor Philip McGuire  MB ChB MD PhD FRCPsych FMedSci

Professor Philip McGuire MB ChB MD PhD FRCPsych FMedSci

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Professor of Psychiatry & Cognitive Neuroscience

Head, Psychosis Studies Department. Academic Leader, Psychosis Clinical Academic Group.

Research subject areas

  • Psychology

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Professor Philip McGuire is Head of the Department of Psychosis Studies at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

Professor McGuire is the Academic Director for the Psychosis Clinical Academic Group in the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, King’s Health Partners.  

Professor McGuire studied physiology and medicine at the University of Edinburgh, then worked as a research fellow in primate neuroanatomy at Yale University with Patricia Goldman-Rakic. After clinical training in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, he was a Wellcome Research Fellow at the MRC Cyclotron Unit in Hammersmith Hospital with Chris Frith, after which he worked with Prof Sir Robin Murray as a Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor in the Department of Psychosis Studies at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. 

Professor McGuire's research is focused on determining the neurocognitive basis of psychosis and using this as a basis for developing new assessments and treatments for psychotic disorders. Much of this work includes large scale multi-modal studies that involve close collaboration with networks of academic and industrial partners, such as EU-GEI, NEUTOP, OPTIMISE and PSYSCAN and STRATA

Since 2018, Professor McGuire is ranked as one of the world's leading scientific minds in the fields of Psychiatry and Psychology, according to the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list. Overall, a total of over 3,000 researchers worldwide earned this distinction, and the academics listed rank among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication, a mark of exceptional impact.

Professor McGuire is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the European Psychiatric Association, and the International College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Associate Editor of the British Journal of Psychiatry and a member of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, British Association of Psychopharmacology, Schizophrenia International Research Society, International Early Psychosis Association, Society for Neuroscience.