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Professor Allan Young

Job title Chair of Mood Disorders

Professor Allan Young holds the Chair of Mood Disorders at King’s College London where he is also Director of the Centre for Affective Disorders within the Department of Psychological Medicine in the Institute of Psychiatry. He has held academic appointments at the Universities of Oxford, Newcastle upon Tyne (latterly holding the Chair of General Psychiatry at Newcastle), UBC, Vancouver, Canada, where he held the Leading Edge Endowment Fund Endowed Chair in Research in the Department of Psychiatry and was also the Director of the Institute of Mental Health and Imperial College London where he held the Chair of Psychiatry and was Director of the Centre for Mental Health.

Professor Young’s research interests focus on the cause and treatments for severe psychiatric illnesses, particularly mood disorders. He has received research grant funding from the UK Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, the Stanley Medical Research Institute, and the Canadian Institutes for Heath Research (CIHR), the National Institutes of Health (USA) and numerous other funding agencies. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed publications and a number of books about psychopharmacology and affective disorders including ‘Bipolar disorders: basic mechanisms and therapeutic implications’ (2nd Ed.) with JC Soares, and ‘Practical management of bipolar disorder’ with IN Ferrier and E Michalak (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Professor Young is a member of a number of editorial boards and is a member of numerous professional and scientific societies. He is currently President of the International Society for Affective Disorders and President Elect of the British Association of Psychopharmacology.

Professor Young was recently ranked as one of the world's leading scientific minds in the field of Psychiatry and Psychology, according to the 2014 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list. In all of science, a total of over 3,000 researchers worldwide earned this distinction and the academics listed rank among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication, a mark of exceptional impact.

Education and Training

  • MB ChB in Medicine with Distinction in Psychiatry (1979-1984)
    • University of Edinburgh Medical School


  • MPhil in Psychiatry (1990)
    • University of Edinburgh
    • Thesis: "The Brain in Schizophrenia"
    • Supervisor: DHR Blackwood, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh


  • PhD in Psychiatry (1996)
    • University of Edinburgh
    • Dissertation: "Hormonal Effects on Serotonergic Neuronal Function"
    • Supervisor: GM Goodwin, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Oxford


  • General Medical Council Provisional Registration (July 1984)
  • General Medical Council Full Registration (August 1985)
  • Certification in Basic Psychiatry Training, MRC Psych (1988)
  • Completion of Higher Psychiatry Training (1994)
  • Election to Fellowship of Royal College of Psychiatrists (2004)
  • Member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (2005)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, FRCPC (2006)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (2016).
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