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Welcome to the department of psychiatry

The University Department of Psychiatry is based at the Warneford Hospital. It supports research in four key areas: neurobiology, psychological treatments, developmental psychiatry and social psychiatry. You can learn more about these research themes by clicking on the topics that interest you.

Our work is an important component of the University’s strategy for neuroscience and the themes of the neurobiology and psychological treatments programmes have always been translational. Thus, our core interest is in the mechanism of action of psychotropic drugs or psychotherapy, understood from the perspective of cognitive neuroscience. By harnessing cognitive neuroscience models often based on brain imaging we can provide surrogates for understanding mechanisms of psychiatric disease, individual differences, and how effective treatments really work. You can search for the work of individual researchers via the neuroscience research directory. Our mission also includes teaching psychiatry to medical students and doctors in training and promoting excellence in clinical practice. Here are our detailed Annual Reports summarising our activities in 2013 and 2014.

John Geddes (tweet @OxPsychiatry)

(Head of Department)