Mental health of older people department

Flower Image

The Division of Psychiatry is an international leader in dementia research. Major grant funding comes from the MRC, Wellcome Trust, NIHR, local trusts and industry.

The head of the department is Prof Gill Livingston.


Big Event coming up:

Mental Health Question Time Debate from UCL. Digital mental health: waiting for the great leap forward, 15th March at 6:30PM in Jeffry Hall at the IOE, 20 Bedford Way.

Click here to find out more about the event.


We are delighted to announce the UCL MSc in Dementia Scholarship, that is available to students applying on the mental health pathway of the MSc Dementia: Causes, Treatments and Research. To find out more and apply for the UCL MSc in Dementia scholarship,  click here.


People from minority ethnic communities seek help at a later stage for dementia and may therefore experience worse outcomes. Dr. Mukadam was funded by a four year NIHR Doctoral Research Training Fellowship to develop and test an intervention to encourage people from the South Asian community to seek help earlier for memory problems. She spoke to members of the South Asian community and used their input to develop a leaflet in Bengali and English and a video in English, Bengali and Sylheti, outlining the benefits of seeking help as soon as possible for memory problems. A pilot Randomised Controlled Trial of the intervention found that it was feasible to recruit participants and that the intervention was acceptable. The resources she developed are available here


UCL Psychiatry’s Naaheed Mukadam was interviewed on TRT World for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month on 26th September 2016. Watch it here (Naaheed’s section starts 6 minutes 46 seconds in):

Insight: Alzheimer’s Disease

The Insight team examine Alzheimer’s disease, an illness with broad social impact and still no cure.


A leaflet to help prompt Diagnosis in Dementia


Livingston G Baio G, Sommerlad A, de Lusignan S, Poulimenos S, Morris S, Rait  G, J Hoe J Effectiveness of an Intervention to Facilitate Prompt Referral to Memory Clinics in the United Kingdom: Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial..PLOS Med in press