UCL Institute of Mental Health


Research themes

Below is a selection of mental health research themes across UCL

Research themes

Whilst there are a wide range of subject areas represented across UCL, we have consolidated 15 priority research themes into general categories below:

  • Dementia
  • Children and Young People's Mental Health
  • Mood Disorders
  • Serious Mental Illness
  • Psychological Interventions
  • Epidemiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Neuroscience
  • Global Mental Health
  • Older Adult Mental Health
  • Psychosocial
  • Substance abuse
  • Cognition
  • Physical Health
  • Wellbeing

Children and Young People's Mental Health

UCL is a home to world-class, interdisciplinary research and training in children and young people’s mental health. Our investigators use state-of-the-art methods to study causes and risk factors related to mental health problems and work together with clinicians and policy makers to improve their prevention and treatment.

UCL has launched a new website to bring together researchers, students and collaborators around this research theme. 

Research Domains

The UCL Neuroscience Domain brings together all UCL neuroscientists to make fundamental discoveries about brain function and behaviour, to train the next generation of scientists and clinicians, and to transform our ability to treat neurological and psychiatric disorders.

The UCL Populations and Lifelong Health Domain brings together researchers and practitioners across UCL and beyond, to explore the factors that determine health and disease in populations, and to develop, test, and measure the impact of interventions and service improvement to enhance the health and wellbeing of the public, and reduce inequalities in health status.