Graham Thornicroft

King's College London

Graham Thornicroft is Professor of Community Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, and is the Head of the Health Service and Population Research Department. Since 2010, Graham has been Director of the King’s Improvement Science, King’s Health Partners, and Chair for Maudsley International.

Graham took his undergraduate degree at Cambridge University in Social and Political Science and trained in psychiatry at Guy’s Hospital.  He has been a Consultant Psychiatrist at South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust since 1991.  He is a Fellow of the Association of European Psychiatrists and of the Academy of Medical Sciences.  He is an NIHR Senior Investigator.

Graham has made a significant contribution to the development of mental health policy in the UK, including chairing the Reference Group that wrote the National Service Framework for Adult Mental Health services.   

He is also very active in the global mental health movement, for example, he chaired the Guideline Development Group for the Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) Intervention Guide, which is WHO’s action plan to scale up services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders for countries especially with low and lower middle incomes. The aim of mhGAP is to build partnerships for collective action and to reinforce the commitment of governments, international organizations, and other stakeholders.

His areas of research expertise include: stigma and discrimination, mental health needs assessment, the development of outcome scales, cost effectiveness evaluation of mental health treatments, and mental health services in less economically developed countries.