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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Professor Dennis Ougrin

Co-Director / Professor (Q/T)

Telephone: 02075404210


I graduated from medical school in Ukraine in 1998 and came to the Maudsley hospital in the UK to undertake my post-graduate training in child and adolescent psychiatry. I worked as a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist establishing and leading intensive community care services at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. I also led the MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at King’s College London and acted as the Chief Investigator of major NIHR, MRC and charity-funded studies in the field of self-harm and intensive community care services. In 2018-2020 I was the editor-in-chief of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, a key clinical journal in child and adolescent psychiatry, psychology and allied disciplines. In September 2021 I was appointed to lead the Youth Resilience Research Unit at Queen Mary University of London.

I lead a programme of global mental health studies aimed at developing community mental health services in Ukraine and other Low- and Middle-Income Countries.  My main professional interests include the prevention of Borderline Personality Disorder and effective interventions for self-harm in young people. 

I am the author of Therapeutic Assessment, a novel model of assessment for young people with self-harm. I also developed and tested an Intensive Community Care Service model for young people with severe psychiatric disorders called Supported Discharge Service. The model was evaluated in the first randomised controlled trial of an intensive community care service for young people in the UK. The results of the trial informed the development of intensive community care services in the UK and internationally. I have expertise in conducting randomised controlled trials in the fields of psychological therapy and mental health service models. 

I also work on developing modular psychotherapeutic interventions for self-harm and on understanding the pathophysiology of self-harm in young people.



Outstanding Publications

  • OUGRIN D, TRANAH T, LEIGH E, TAYLOR L, ASARNOW JR (2015) Therapeutic Interventions for Suicide Attempts and Self-Harm in Adolescents: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 5:97-107
  • OUGRIN D, CORRIGALL R, POOLE J, (…) TAYLOR E (2018) Comparison of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of an intensive community supported discharge service versus treatment as usual for adolescents with psychiatric emergencies: a randomised controlled trial. Lancet Psychiatry 5:477-485
  • OUGRIN D, ASARNOW JR (2018) The end of family therapy for self-harm, or a new beginning? Lancet Psychiatry 5: 188-189

  • OUGRIN D, ZUNDEL T (2018) Therapeutic Assessment for Adolescents Presenting with Suicide Attempts or Non-Suicidal Self-Injury. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 57 (10), S115

  • CUMMINS, T. M., ENGLISH, O., MINNIS, H., STAHL, D., O’CONNOR, R. C., BANNISTER, K., OUGRIN, D. (2021). Assessment of Somatosensory Function and Self-harm in Adolescents. JAMA Network Open, 4, e2116853-e2116853


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