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Professor Andrea Danese

Job title Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Area of Expertise

  • Childhood trauma
  • Childhood maltreatment
  • PTSD
  • Trauma-related psychopathology
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry



Professor Andrea Danese, MD, PhD, is Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at the National & Specialist CAMHS Trauma, Anxiety, and Depression (TAD) Clinic at the Michael Rutter Centre, Maudsley Hospital, London, UK. He is also Clinical Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (Adjunct) at the Yale Child Study Centre, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Professor Danese heads the Stress & Development Lab at the Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Centre, and the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London. The research from his team focuses on childhood trauma and led to highly-cited publications on the measurement of childhood trauma, risk factors for trauma exposure, biological mechanisms through which trauma affects later health, mechanisms of resilience, modelling of individualised risk prediction for trauma-related psychopathology, and the epidemiology of child trauma and trauma-related psychopathology.

He is the recipient of numerous research awards including the 2015 Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Early Career Research Contribution Award, the 2016 and 2019 American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Senior Researcher Award, and the 2019 Clarivate “Highly Cited” Researcher. He has contributed to the ‘Rutter’s Textbook of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry’ and the ‘Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines’. He is the Academic Secretary for the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) Faculty of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and a member of the Research Advisory Committee at NSPCC.


Education and Training

  • CCT in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, London (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust) 2013
  • PhD in Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London) 2009
  • CCT General Adult Psychiatry (CCT-equivalent Specialist Registration based on Italian equivalence) 2006
  • Specialist in Psychiatry (CCST-equivalent; University of Pavia School of Medicine, Italy) 2005
  • MSc in Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London) 2004
  • MD (University of Pavia School of Medicine, Italy) 2001



Selected publications

Danese A., Widom C.S. Objective and Subjective Experiences of Child Maltreatment and Their Relationships With Psychopathology. Nat Hum Behav. 2020 May 18 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-020-0880-3 [Epub ahead of print]

Danese A. Annual Research Review: Rethinking childhood trauma-new research directions for measurement, study design and analytical strategies. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2020; 61:236-250. doi:10.1111/jcpp.13160

Danese, A., Smith, P., Chitsabesan, P., Dubicka, B. Child and adolescent mental health amidst emergencies and disasters. Br J Psychiatry. 2020; 216(3):159-162. doi.org/10.1192/bjp.2019.244P

Meehan A.J., Latham R.M., Arseneault L., Stahl D., Fisher H.L., Danese A. Developing an individualized risk calculator for psychopathology among young people victimized during childhood: A population-representative cohort study. J Affect Disord. 2020; 262:90-98. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2019.10.034

Lewis, S.J., Arseneault, L., Caspi, A., Fisher, H.L., Matthews, T., Moffitt, T.E., Odgers, C.L., Stahl, D., Teng, J.Y., Danese, A. The Epidemiology of Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in a Representative Cohort of Young People. Lancet Psychiatry. 2019; 6(3):247-256. doi:10.1016/S2215-0366(19)30031-8

Baldwin, J.R., Reuben, A., Newbury, J., Danese, A. Agreement between prospective and retrospective measures of childhood victimization: a systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Psychiatry 2019 doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.0097

Gobin, M., Rubin, G.J., Albert, I., Beck, A., Danese, A., Greenberg, N., Grey, N., Smith, P., Oliver, I. Outcomes of a mental health screening programme for UK Nationals affected by the 2015 and 2016 terrorist attacks in Tunisia, Paris and Brussels. Journal of Traumatic Stress. 2018; 31(4):471-479.  doi:10.1002/jts.22317

Danese, A., Moffitt, T.E., Arseneault, L., Bleiberg, B., Dinardo, P., Gadelman, S., Houts, R., Ambler, A., Fisher, H.L., Poulton, R., Caspi, A. The origins of cognitive deficits in victimized children: Implications for neuroscientists and clinicians. Am J Psychiatry, 2017 174(4):349-361 doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2016.16030333

Danese, A. & Baldwin, J. Hidden wounds? Inflammatory links between childhood trauma and psychopathology. Annual Review of Psychology. 2017; 68:517-544 doi: 10.1146/annurev-psych-010416-044208

Agnew-Blais, J. & Danese, A. Childhood maltreatment and unfavourable clinical outcomes in bipolar disorder: A systematic review and meta-analytical investigation. Lancet Psychiatry. 2016; 3 (4):342-349. doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(15)00544-1

Nanni, V., Uher, R., Danese, A. Childhood maltreatment predicts unfavourable course of illness and treatment outcome in depression: a meta-analysis. Am J Psychiatry. 2012; 169(2):141-51. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2011.11020335

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