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MHRN Executive Committee

The MHRN Executive Committee is responsible for high-level decision-making, providing strategic direction and shaping the future development of the Network. It meets every two weeks and its members are listed on this page.

Professor Anthony David, associate director and lead for industry collaboration
Professor Shôn Lewis, associate director
Professor Max Marshall, associate director
Professor George Szmukler, associate director (with a special responsibility for service user and carer involvement in research)
Professor Til Wykes, director

Professor Anthony David, associate director and lead for industry collaboration

Anthony David is a professor of cognitive neuropsychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London and works as an honorary consultant at the Maudsley Hospital, south London. He has a wide and diverse range of research interests, including schizophrenia, neuropsychiatry, medically unexplained syndromes and neuroimaging – both structural and functional. He is especially interested in the concept of insight in schizophrenia and how this relates to compliance with treatment.

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Academy of Medical Sciences. He is a member of the Experimental Psychology Society and a founder member of both the British Neuropsychological Society and British Neuropsychiatry Association, and was chair of the latter from 2004-7.

He is editor of the journal Cognitive Neuropsychiatry and has published several books including The Neuropsychology of Schizophrenia(1994) with J Cutting, Disorders of Brain and Mind (1998) with M Ron, The Self in Neuroscience and Psychiatry (2003) with T Kircher, andInsight and Psychosis (2nd Ed) (2004) with X Amador, and Lishman’s Organic Psychiatry (2009).

He graduated in medicine from Glasgow University in 1980 and trained in neurology before entering psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital in south London. He also has a Masters degree in Cognitive Neuropsychology.

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Professor Shôn Lewis, associate director

Professor Shon LewisShôn Lewis has been professor of adult psychiatry at the University of Manchester since 1994 and is head of the School of Community-based Medicine there. His research interests focus on risk factors and interventions in early psychosis. He was elected in 2008 as a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and received a National Institute for Health Research senior investigator award in the same year.

He trained clinically at the Maudsley Hospital in south London and began his research career at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, working on neurodevelopmental factors in schizophrenia. He was chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ research committee 1996-2001, a member of the Wellcome Trust Neurosciences Board 1998-2001, a member of the MRC Neurosciences and Mental Health Board and the Cross-board Clinical Trials group 2005-2009, and was research and development director of Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust 2004-2008. He has run Medical Research Council and National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment-funded trials of drug and non-drug treatments for people with psychosis.

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Professor Max Marshall, associate director

Max Marshall is a professor of community psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of Manchester. He is also an honorary consultant psychiatrist and medical director at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust. 

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Professor George Szmukler, associate director (with a special responsibility for service user and carer involvement in research)

Professor George SzmuklerGeorge Szmukler is a professor of psychiatry and society at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, and an honorary consultant psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He is a visiting professor in the Department of Sociology (BIOS centre) at the London School of Economics and is also co-director (with Professor Brian Salter) of the King’s Health and Society Centre.

Previous posts include dean at the Institute of Psychiatry (2001-2006), and prior to that, medical director of the Bethlem and Maudsley NHS Trust.

His major research interests include ethical and legal aspects of psychiatry – especially mental health law reform and research on methods aimed at reducing the use of coercion in the treatment of patients with mental disorders – and service users as collaborators and co-investigators in research. In the past, his work has focused on health services research and research about eating disorders.

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Professor Til Wykes, director

Professor Til WykesTil Wykes is professor of clinical psychology and rehabilitation at King’s College London. She edits the Journal of Mental Health and is vice dean for research at the Institute of Psychiatry, a school of King’s College London.

She has been involved in research on rehabilitation and recovery for people with severe mental illness for many years, developing services, and developing and evaluating innovative psychological treatments. Her current research mainly concentrates on how to improve thinking difficulties so people can take advantage of opportunities for recovery, and how to increase therapeutic activities in acute mental health services.

She founded and is now co-director of the Service User Research Enterprise (SURE) at the Institute of Psychiatry, which encourages consumers of mental health services to become more involved in research. The unit is the first in the UK to concentrate on including the service user perspective by employing people who have experience of using mental health services.

She continues to be a consultant clinical psychologist working on an intensive care ward at the Maudsley Hospital in south London.

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