A European Project on
Human Rights and Physical Health
of Residents in Psychiatric and Social Care Institutions
Funded by
the European Commission, DG Sanco
a project funded by the European Commission

King's College London - Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK

The Institute of Psychiatry provides post-graduate education and carries out research in psychiatry, psychology, and allied disciplines, including basic and clinical neurosciences. The Institute is world renowned for the quality of its research and it became a school of King's College in August 1997.

Mission Statement

The Health Service and Population Research Department (HSPR) seeks to find evidence-based ways to put innovatory treatments and services to the test - not only to improve people's mental health but also to enhance their quality of life. Researchers in HSPR are developing ways of tailoring effective services to the age, gender or culture of people in need of help, discovering what sort of services offer best value for money and establishing how to reduce stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness.

The Section of Community Mental Health evaluates existing and innovative ways of delivering services for people with mental health problems.

The team continues to produce a plethora of resources for use in the UK and internationally - both conceptual models to better understand, evaluate and develop mental health systems and assessment scales designed to evaluate specific treatments and services.

The main areas of research and activities within the Section of Community Mental Health are:
  1. The promotion of human rights, dignity and general health of residents in institutions
  2. Combatting stigma and discrimination against people with mental problems, both nationally and internationally
  3. Evaluation of the success of training programmes for staff working with people with mental health problems
  4. Team Members

    • Graham Thornicroft (Principal Investigator) is a consultant psychiatrist and professor of community psychiatry and oversees the management and coordination.
    • Tamara Shaw (Project Coordinator) coordinates all of ITHACA's academic and administrative tasks.
    • Diana Rose (Senior Lecturer) is a social scientist and assists in the development of the tool and the coordination of research focusing on the service user perspective.
    • Jasna Russo (Researcher) is a social scientist and facilitates and coordinates focus groups with service users across the collaborating sites.
    • Stefanie O'Hara (Senior Administrator) has a psychology background and assists with the budget management and administration of the grant.


    Institute of Psychiatry
    King's College, London
    Section of Community Mental Health, PO29
    Health Service and Population Research Department
    David Goldberg Centre
    Institute of Psychiatry
    De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF
    phone: 0207 848 0850
    fax: 0207 277 1462
    email:Jennifer.randall (at) iop.kcl.ac.uk