AddressWing B, 6th Floor
149 Tottenham Court Road
Professor of Social and Community Psychiatry
Division of Psychiatry
Faculty of Brain Sciences
My main interests are in the clinical and social needs and the treatment outcomes of people with significant mental health problems such as psychosis and bipolar disorder. The areas in which I've worked most have been acute care and early psychosis. I have had a major role in several studies of crisis services, including evaluations of crisis resolution teams and of alternatives to standard inpatient care. My clinical work is as consultant psychiatrist in the Camden and Islington Early Intervention Service for psychosis.
I am currently leading the CORE study, an NIHR programme grant aimed at optimising the care delivered by crisis resolution teams (www.core-study.ucl.ac.uk), and the CIRCLE trial funded by the NIHR HTA programme to investigate the effectiveness of a contingency management intervention for cannabis use in early psychosis (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/circle). I am also one of the investigators in the mental health theme for the North Thames CLAHRC, in which my colleagues and I are developing and testing a self-management smartphone app for early psychosis. I am a co-applicant on three NIHR programme grants: ESMI, investigating perinatal care; AQUEDUCT, investigating crisis teams for older people; and ECLIPSE, investigating cognitive remediation in early psychosis.
On twitter: @soniajohnson, @CoreStudyUCL, @CircleStudyUCL, @AriesStudyUCL.
Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
|To be updated|
Master of Science
|London School of Economics and Political Science|
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
|University of Oxford|
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
|University of Cambridge|
I trained in medicine at the Universities of Cambridge (pre-clinical) and Oxford (clinical). I also obtained a BA in Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge and an MSc in Social Psychology at LSE - my social sciences background has stood me in very good stead in developing my research career.
I trained in psychiatry at the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospitals and obtained my early research posts, including a post as Clinical Lecturer in Community Psychiatry, at the Institute of Psychiatry. In 1997 I moved to UCL as a senior lecturer, subsequently becoming a Reader (2007) and then Professor of Social and Community Psychiatry (2008). My initial clinical consultant post was in the Drayton Community Mental Health Team. Since 2003 I have worked in the Camden and Islington Early Intervention Service, which I co-founded and have helped develop.