Welcome to the Psychology at King’s Blog

Founded in 1950, the Department of Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience has grown to become one of the world’s largest grouping of psychologists undertaking research and education in the areas of clinical and health psychology, in neuropsychology and neuroscience, developmental psychology and forensic psychology.


We provide a number of qualifications including a new BSc Psychology, a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (the UK’s oldest training programme which helped to establish the scientist/practitioner model that is now almost universal in the field), our MSc in Health Psychology, and a range of Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas for mental health professionals, and degrees for medical undergraduates. These courses are made possible by the expertise of the staff within the Department and elsewhere within the Institute of Psychiatry, and our close ties with our NHS partners, the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and King’s College London NHS Foundation Trust. Many members of academic staff are qualified Clinical and Health Psychologists providing expert psychological services to our NHS partners are part of their work.

All academic staff within the department undertake research. The major focus is translational and applied research in the areas of mental health and physical health, taking full advantage of the opportunities offered by close collaborations with NHS clinicians and clinical researchers. The department has pioneered new approached to psychological treatments and continues undertake basic research, treatment development and evaluation across a range of mental health and physical conditions. Our research academics in the Psychology Department work closely and collaboratively with researchers from wide range of disciplines in other Departments of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and more widely across KCL.

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