The Social and Mental Health Research Group primarily focuses on how social contexts, interactions and experiences shape the occurrence, outcome, and management of mental health problems. Our goal is to provide evidence on the relationships between all aspects of society and mental health problems that can inform the development of interventions, mental health services, public health programmes, and social policies in order to prevent the onset and improve outcomes of mental health problems.
We use a life course approach, and work across all age groups, from children and adolescent, right up to older adults.
Our group has a strong focus on research methods, including qualitative, quantitative (epidemiology, data linkage and analysis of routine records), and evidence synthesis (systematic review and meta-analysis).
The research group comprises of over 20 staff and PhD students and has on-going collaborations with other research groups within KCL and also with colleagues in over 20 countries.
We particularly welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students and from researchers (clinical and non-clinical) who are interested in developing proposals for training and research fellowships for the Research Councils and the Wellcome Trust in any area related to our research group.
Head of Research Group
Dr Gemma Knowles, Senior Lecturer