Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine - Barts and The London

Research Activity

The Centre for Psychiatry (CfP) is a world leader in research on cultural, social and environmental aspects of public mental health research, as well as health services research to improve the care of patients. We are one of the three Centres within the world famous Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, part of Bart's and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, a UK top 10 multi-faculty research institution.

Our research themes include:

  • Social, environmental, societal and cultural processes in understanding aetiology, health inequalities, and the treatment of mental illness, ranging from common mental disorders such as anxiety and depression right through to several mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders. Our research includes improving treatment outcomes by investigating communications and interactions between patient and doctor/health professionals, the organisation and delivery of services, and research on population and global health.
  • Chronic physical disease and mental illness: this theme emphasises the shared aetiology and coexistence of mental and physical disorders. We develop and evaluate interventions that work the the interface of brain, mind and body, to improve outcomes for physical and mental illnesses. This approach is shown to improve outcomes in terms of quality of life and mortality of people with severe mental illness who otherwise die 15 to 20 years earlier, mainly of cardiovascular, respiratory and cancer related illnesses. So this theme integrates converging neuroscientific research, biological and social mechanisms, and preventive focus on early childhood throughout the life course.