Graham Thornicroft


Graham Thornicroft
Member since:
26 May, 2015


Graham Thornicroft: brief biography

Consultant Psychiatrist, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Professor of Community Psychiatry, King’s College London
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience

King’s Improvement Science, King’s Health Partners

Chair, Maudsley International

Chair, Human Rights and Mental Health (F-GIP)

Graham Thornicroft is Professor of Community Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry. Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London (KCL) and is a member of the Health Service and Population Research Department at KCL, and the Centre for Global Mental Health, a joint centre between King’s Health Partners and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He also works as a Consultant Psychiatrist at South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in a local community mental health early intervention team in Lambeth. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and is a National Institute of Health Research Senior Investigator.

Graham took his undergraduate degree at Cambridge in Social and Political Science, studied Medicine at Guy’s Hospital, trained in Psychiatry at the Maudsley and Johns Hopkins Hospitals. He gained an MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a PhD at the University of London.

Graham has made significant contributions to the development of mental health policy in England, including Chairing the External Reference Group for the National Service Framework for Mental Health, the national mental health plan for England for 1999-2009.

He is also active in global mental health, for example, he chaired the World Health Organisation Guideline Development Group for the Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) Intervention Guide, a practical support for primary care staff to treat people with mental, neurological and substance use disorders in low and middle income countries.

His areas of research expertise include: stigma and discrimination, mental health needs assessment, cost-effectiveness evaluations of mental health treatments, service user led research, implementation science, and global mental health. Graham has authored or edited 30 books and 397 peer-reviewed papers in Pubmed.

Role(s) / Profession(s)

  • Researcher


  • King's College London

Work Location(s)

  • United Kingdom