Centre for Psychiatry
Led by Professor Kamaldeep Bhui
We focus on psychological and social research which informs a better understanding of the aetiology, prevention and treatment of psychiatric disorders.
Our research is organised around themes of:
Psychological Medicine focuses on the interface between medical and psychological disorders with projects focusing on aetiological mechanisms and on developing interventions that improve outcome and quality of life.
Environmental and Cultural Psychiatry involves studies of environmental risk factors such as transport noise and air pollution and their effects on health (Stansfeld & Clark), social and cultural risk factors for common mental disorders (Bhui).
The Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry is located at the Newham Centre for Mental Health in the London Borough of Newham. It closely collaborates with local clinical services, and has strong international links.
The Violence Prevention Research Unit (VPRU) studies the epidemiology of violent individuals; investigates links between psychopathology and violence; develops methods to estimate risk of future violence;
We use both quantitative and qualitative methods to research these topics. This includes epidemiological observational studies of large population datasets as well as studies of clinical samples, randomised control trials and in-depth studies of patient interactions.
Health services research includes evaluation of new services or methods to improve the effectiveness of existing services.
We also provide undergraduate and postgraduate education in psychiatry.