About us

Mission Statement

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.

In the most recent UK Government Research Assessment Exercise (2008) we achieved the highest quality ratings for the strength-in-depth of our research over the period since the previous RAE in 2001, where we were rated as 5*. See the results here. In 2010 the Times Higher Education Supplement ranked Cambridge first in European Psychiatry and Psychology over the decade.

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.

The Department comprises around 120 staff 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.

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