The Department of Psychiatry promotes the Mission of the University of Cambridge to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence. Our particular focus is on the determinants of mental health conditions, their treatments and the promotion of mental health through innovative transnational research.
The Department has wide ranging collaborations within Cambridge Neuroscience, the broader University and beyond into the international scientific and policy communities.
The department maintains close working relationships with two NHS trusts, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Foundation Trust and the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, to which many of our staff contribute clinical services. We also enjoy extensive interactions and on-going collaborative projects with other university departments, and has much national, international and industrial collaboration. We also enjoy strong links with industry, social care and the voluntary sector and the NHS, particularly with CPFT.
The Department of Psychiatry plays a leading role in the internationally excellent Cambridge Neuroscience community of researchers in neuroscience and mental health.
According to Professor Sir Gabriel Horn, Emeritus Professor of the Department of Zoology and King’s College fellow, “Cambridge was quick to appreciate the need for cross- departmental, interdisciplinary interactions”. You can read more about this on their page, A Short History of Neuroscience at Cambridge.
For more information about how Cambridge Neuroscience collaborates with the Department of Psychiatry, they have further information to be found on their page, Collaboration in Action.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust (CPFT)
CPFT are a health and social care organisation and have clinical teams providing services in inpatient, community and primary care settings. Services include:
- Adult mental health
- Forensic and specialist mental health
- Older people’s mental health
- Children’s mental health
- Children’s community
- Older people and adult community
- Specialist learning disability
- Primary care and liaison psychiatry
- Substance misuse
- Social care
- Research and development
The Department of Psychiatry works closely with the foundation to provide the above care. Further information about this work and research CPFT are undertaking can be found at their website’s research page, CPFT Research.
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
This charity also has extensive links with our department, as the trust runs Addenbrooke’s hospital and the Rosie Maternity Hospital in Cambridge. Both are recognised as centres of medical excellence and innovation and both hospitals are internationally-known university teaching hospitals. Many of our staff also contribute clinical services at Addenbrooke’s hospital.
For information about Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) please follow the link to their website: https://www.cuh.nhs.uk/.
Research Groups and Senior Staff
We are an internationally leading centre for research, teaching and clinical practise in psychiatry.
The department has many research groups, covering various aspects of mental health and disorder throughout the life course.
Areas of research in the department include cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging and neuropsychiatry, developmental psychiatry, epidemiology and health services research and molecular neuropathology. The department is active in teaching psychiatry and related sciences at several different levels and also maintains significant clinical activities.
The Department of Psychiatry has been rated one of the UK’s nationally leading research groups in the three most recent Research Assessment Exercises, and it plays a leading role in the internationally excellent Cambridge Neuroscience community of researchers in neuroscience and mental health.
- Autism Research Centre (ARC) – brings together scientists working on autism from around the University of Cambridge. It also has major collaborations with other universities and works closely with clinical and voluntary sector services. https://www.psychiatry.cam.ac.uk/groups/arc/
- Cambridge Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Group (CIDDRG) – CIDDRG’s research aims to help those with intellectual and developmental disabilities live a long, healthy, happy life and support their families. Working with Alzheimer’s Research-UK and the National Institutes of Health in the USA the group’s special interest in Down’s syndrome and the risk of dementia.https://www.psychiatry.cam.ac.uk/ciddrg/
- Health Neuroscience – Health Neurosciences works on a range of research projects understanding what drives human behaviours. From the mechanisms of psychosis, to the effect of the global pandemic on eating disorders to understanding the psychology of eating. https://fletchergroup.psychiatry.cam.ac.uk/
- Cognitive Mechanisms of Learning and Development (CALM) – The CALM clinic aims to identify cognitive, behavioural, neural and genetic dimensions that underpin a broad range of cognitive difficulties faced in childhood. To help us understand the basic underpinning mechanisms of learning and development. And to develop appropriate diagnostic techniques, and create new effective interventions. http://calm.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/b
- Child and Adolescent Resilience and Mental Health (CHARM) – CHARM’s research aims to optimise the mental health of children and young people. https://dev.psychiatry.cam.ac.uk/
- Neuroimmunology (NIMA) – The Wellcome Trust Consortium for the Neuroimmunology of Mood Disorders and Alzheimer’s Disease investigates the link between the immune system and brain disorders. https://www.neuroimmunology.org.uk/
- Old Age Psychiatry – The Old Age Psychiatry Research Group is interdisciplinary and focuses on the study of dementia and late-life depression. http://www.psychiatry.cam.ac.uk/oap/
- Public Health – The Cambridge Public Health Interdisciplinary Centre addresses global challenges to health and wellbeing; bringing together the best in public health research. https://www.cph.cam.ac.uk/
- Systems and Computational Neuroscience – The Systems and Computational Neuroscience group applies tools from physics, engineering and network science to fundamental questions in neuroscience and mental health. https://www.psychiatry.cam.ac.uk/groups/systems-and-computational-neuroscience-group/
Information about research staff in the department can be found here: https://www.psychiatry.cam.ac.uk/people/research-staff/
Sitting within the school of Clinical Medicine, the department occupies four separate locations and has approximately 140 staff members and post-graduate students distributed across four sites: the Herchel Smith Building for Brain & Mind Sciences on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Douglas House on Trumpington Road, Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Downing Site in central Cambridge. See our Locations.
We run and collaborate in a wide number of other inter-disciplinary research initiatives, including the CLAHRC for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and the Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (BRC). We also actively collaborate with other University departments, clinical partners in the NHS, other national and international academic institutions, the UK Government and various policy groups, as well as service users and carers.