Who we are

The IMPaCT RCT study is one of the many research projects currently being carried out by the Department of Psychosis Studies at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College.

King's College London is one of the top 25 universities in the world (2010 QS international world rankings); The Sunday Times "University of Year 2010/11"; and the fourth oldest in England.

The college has nearly 23,000 students from nearly 140 countries and approximately 5,500 employees. It has an excellent reputation for teaching and research with over half of the academic staff working in departments that are in the top 10% in the UK for their field and can therefore be classed as world-leading.

The Institute of Psychiatry is a postgraduate medical school associated with the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and it is a School of King's College London of the University of London. It has an outstanding international reputation for research: in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008), "the IOP had the largest number of world leading or internationally excellent research activity units" for Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience in the UK.

The institute has approximately 870 students and 1,000 staff and offers a range of Diploma, MSc, MPhil, and PhD courses in psychiatry, psychology and related basic and clinical neurosciences. It has 12 academic departments of which Psychosis Studies is one.

The Department of Psychosis Studies is one of world's largest research groups focused on psychosis with over 100 staff. These include leading academics with expertise in genetics, epidemiology, psychopathology, neuroimaging, cognition and psychopharmacology in the field of psychosis.


The department has received the highest possible rating in the UK Research Assessment Exercise (5* and 4*) in the last two reviews in 2001 and 2008. It also has an impressive output producing over 400 publications and 15 books in the last 5 years.

The research carried out by the department focuses on understanding the causes and mechanisms underlying psychosis. Close links with clinical services means that clinical practice is always in-line with the latest research findings, and that research and teaching always reflect current clinical priorities.

The department is headed up by Professor Philip McGuire, who is Professor of Psychiatry and Cognitive Neuroscience, and Academic Lead of the Psychosis Clinical Academic Group (CAG). The CAG integrates the department's research with the clinical services for psychosis in the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, and is part of the King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre.

Meet the IMPaCT team!
The IMPaCT five year Programme Grant from the National institute of Health Research at the Department of Health, was awarded to a group of researchers within the Institute of Psychiatry and the Maudsley Hospital. This group is headed by Professor Sir Robin Murray, who is an eminent research psychiatrist and clinician working with psychosis, and also currently the most widely cited researcher in the field of psychosis.

The IMPaCT team is made up of research workers, volunteers, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and statisticians. We've also teamed up with carer groups, service user groups and public health organisations.

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