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Professor Fear joined the Academic Department of Military Mental Health (ADMMH) at King's College London in 2004. Nicola has also worked as an epidemiologist for the Leukaemia Research Fund (University of Leeds) and the UK Ministry of Defence. Since 2011, Professor Fear has been Director of the King’s Centre of Military Health Research (KCMHR) alongside Professor Sir Simon Wessely. In 2014, King’s College London awarded Nicola a Chair in Epidemiology. Professor Fear is one of the Principal Investigators on the KCMHR military cohort study and leads several studies looking at the impact of military service on families. Nicola obtained a BSc(Hons) in Pharmacology from King’s College London before training as an epidemiologist the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (University of London) and the University of Oxford.

Research Interests

  • Military
  • Veterans
  • Armed Forces community
  • Mental health
  • Families including children
  • Emergency responders

Research Groups

  • King’s Centre for Military Health Research
  • Academic Department of Military Mental Health
  • Conflict Health Research Group


  • BSc in Psychology (3rd year module, War in the Mind)
  • MSc in War and Psychiatry

Expertise & Public Engagement

  • Trustee of Help for Heroes
  • Specialist adviser to NHS Digital on the release of patient data
  • Previous participant of SPI-B during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic