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Professor Richard Brown trained as a Clinical Psychologist at the (then) IoP in 1982 before undertaking a PhD in the Department of Neurology supervised by the late Professor David Marsden. He worked for 10 year at the MRC Human Movement and Balance Unit, Queen’s Square before returning to the IoPPN in 1998 where he was Head of Department of Psychology from 2012 - 2018.

Prof. Brown's research has involved laboratory-based and clinical research and spanned a range of movement, cognitive, emotional and social aspects of neurodegenerative and acquired brain disorder. He has been involved in the development and evaluation of novel psychological approaches to management of non-motor symptoms in patients with Parkinson’s disease including depression, anxiety and impulse control disorders. He is also an Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist with the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Neuropsychiatry Service, where he supports the psychological management of patients with acquired brain injury and neurodegenerative disorders, with a particular focus on Parkinson’s disease.

Prof. Brown is a faculty member of the NIHR Academy, training lead for the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre and NIHR Academy national lead advocate for Clinical Psychology. 


BA Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford 

MPhil Clinical Psychology, University of London 

PhD, Neuropsychology, University of London 

Research Interests: 

Prof. Brown's primary research interest is in the area of clinical neuroscience, particularly in patients with neurodegenerative diseases associated with fronto-basal ganglia systems such as Parkinson's disease. This includes the study of neurocognitive processes underlying executive function, emotion and social cognition, as well as the broader clinical consequences of such problems for patients and their families. 

Primary current interest - mental health in Parkinson’s disease  


  • Parkinson’s disease motor and non-motor symptoms 
  • Psychology of neurodegeneration