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 translational research. The Department has wide ranging collaborations within Cambridge Neuroscience, the broader University and beyond into the international scientific and policy communities. We also enjoy strong links with industry, social care and the voluntary sector and the NHS, particularly with the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Foundation Trust to which many of our staff contribute clinical services.
We are an internationally leading centre for research, teaching and clinical practice in psychiatry. The Department’s senior staff support several research groups, covering various aspects of mental health and disorder throughout the life course.
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.
The department maintains close working relationships with two NHS trusts, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation NHS Trust and the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust and also enjoys extensive interactions and on-going collaborative projects with other university departments and has much national, international and industrial collaboration.
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.
Sitting within the school of Clinical Medicine, the department occupies four separate locations and has approximately 130 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 here.
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.