Senior Investigator Profile

First NameSimon
Award StatusEmeritus
Current PostVice Dean and Professor of Psychological Medicine
DepartmentInstitute of Psychiatry
Telephone0207 848 0448
InstitutionKing's College London
NHS TrustSouth London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Region NameLondon
Primary Research FieldPsychiatry
Secondary Research FieldPublic Health-Environmental & Occupational Health
BiographySimon Wessely is Professor of Epidemiological and Liaison Psychiatry at King's College London. His main research interest lies in the boundaries between medicine and psychiatry. He has been interested in the so-called “medically unexplained syndromes” such as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) for most of his career and more recently in many aspects of military health. A clinical psychiatrist and an academic epidemiologist, which has underpinned most of his work, Professor Wessely has a strong commitment to evidence-based medicine, using either large longitudinal population-based studies to study aetiology, prevalence and outcomes, or randomised controlled trials to evaluate treatment. However, this is balanced with more qualitative approaches, particularly historical and anthropological. He has published over 500 papers on various aspects of CFS, other unexplained syndromes, physical and psychological consequences of military service, how people and populations react to adversity, risk assessment and communication, suicide, psychoneuroimmunology, psychological treatments, screening, forensic psychiatry and history.  Simon Wessely founded the CFS Research Unit, the King’s Centre for Military Health Research and the Clinical Trials Unit, all at King’s College London. 

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