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Dr Ben Baig

Job title Consultant Liaison Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Area of Expertise

  • Complex and Medically Unexplained Symptoms and Functional Neurological Disorder
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Comorbid mental and physical health conditions
  • Medical Education
  • Global Mental Health


Dr Benjamin Baig is a Consultant Liaison Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College London. He holds CCTs in both General Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

He has completed an MPhil in Schizophrenia Genetics and PhD in Depression in Inflammatory Bowel Disease and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has held a Wellcome Trust Training Fellowship and academic positions at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Malawi. He is Deputy Director of International Affairs at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.  

Education and Training

  • MBChB, University of Edinburgh 2000
  • MRCPsych, 2005
  • MPhil, University of Edinburgh 2007
  • CCT, General Adult Psychiatry with endorsement in Liaison Psychiatry 2011
  • PGCert University Teaching, University of Edinburgh 2013
  • FHEA, Fellow of the High Education Academy 2013
  • CCT, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2015
  • PhD, University of Edinburgh 2018


Medically unexplained symptoms in children: clinical and socio demographic predictors of symptoms in a specialist paediatric liaison service B. Baig, O. Day , M. Cooney, S. Yao , D. Imeson, J. Kerr European Psychiatry 56S (2019) S789–S843

Depression in IBD: Preliminary Results of the ISA (IBD, Steroids and Affective Disorder) Study Benjamin J. Baig, Charles W. Lees, Stephen M. Lawrie, Eve C. Johnstone, Jack Satsangi G astroenterology 01/2011; 140(5). (11)61759-9

Associations of affective disorder in patients with inflammatory bowel disease B. J. Baig, C. W. Lees, E. C. Johnstone, V. James, J. Satsangi, S. M. Lawrie European Psychiatry - 26:2220-2220. (11)73922-0

Baig BJ, Whalley HC, Hall J, McIntosh AM, Job DE, Cunningham-Owens DG, Johnstone EC, Lawrie SM. Functional magnetic resonance imaging of BDNF val66met polymorphism in unmedicated subjects at high genetic risk of schizophrenia performing a verbal memory task. Psychiatry Res. 2010 Sep 30;183(3):195-201.

Whalley HC, Baig BJ, Hall J, Job DE, McIntosh AM, Cunningham-Owens DG, Johnstone EC, Lawrie SM.Effects of the BDNF val66met polymorphism on prefrontal brain function in a population at high genetic risk of schizophrenia.Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatry Genet. 2010 Dec 5;153B(8):1474-82. 2010 Oct

Benjamin J Baig, Anna Beaglehole, Robert C Stewart, Leonie Boeing, Douglas H Blackwood, Johan Leuvennink and Felix Kauye. Assessment of an Undergraduate Psychiatry Course in an African Setting. BMC Medical Education 2008

Anna L. Beaglehole, Benjamin J. Baig, Robert C. Stewart, Julie E. Platt, James Strachan, Felix Kauye, Leonie Boeing, and Johan Leuvennink Training in transcultural psychiatry and delivery of education in a low-income country Psychiatr Bull 32: 111-112

Hall J, Whalley HC, McKirdy JW, Romaniuk L, McGonigle D, McIntosh AM, Baig BJ, Gountouna VE, Job DE, Donaldson DI, Sprengelmeyer R, Young AW, Johnstone EC, Lawrie SM. Overactivation of Fear Systems to Neutral Faces in Schizophrenia. Biol Psychiatry. 2008 Feb 22

McIntosh AM, Moorhead TW, Job D, Lymer GK, Muñoz Maniega S, McKirdy J, Sussmann JE, Baig BJ, Bastin ME, Porteous D, Evans KL, Johnstone EC, Lawrie SM, Hall J. The effects of a neuregulin 1 variant on white matter density and integrity. Mol Psychiatry. 2007 Oct 9

Hall J, Whalley HC, Job DE, Baig BJ, McIntosh AM, Evans KL, Thomson PA, Porteous DJ, Cunningham-Owens DG, Johnstone EC, Lawrie SM. A neuregulin 1 variant associated with abnormal cortical function and psychotic symptoms. Nat Neurosci. 2006 Dec;9(12):1477-8.

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