I conduct research into the epidemiology and treatment of personality disorders.

Current studies include:

  • An MRC-funded clinical trial into the use of joint crisis plans for people with borderline personality disorder.

  • Analyses of case register data on the prevalence and correlates of personality disorder in South-East London (funded by SLAM Charitable Foundation).

  • The analysis of personality disorder data from the Victoria Adolescent Health Cohort Study (with members of Professor Patton’s group at the University of Melbourne). 
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  • A cohort study of the effect of maternal depression and personality disorder on infant development. 

  • I have developed the most rapid clinical screen for personality pathology internationally to date (the SAPAS). The SAPAS has been adopted by researchers and clinicians in seven different countries.

  • Centre de Psychiatrie et Neurosciences, Paris-Descartes University, France (Professor Gorwood and colleagues)

  • Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research, Aarhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark (Dr Hesse and colleagues)

  • Centre for Adolescent Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia (Professor Patton and colleagues)

  • Centre for Health Equity Studies, CHESS, Stockholm University/ Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden (Professor Vågerö and colleagues)

I am pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students wishing to pursue research in the field of personality disorder. 


The public influence of my work relates to my research on personality disorder. I have advised UK government, NHS organizations and the Royal College of Psychiatrists on the development and provision of treatment services for people with personality disorder. 

Between 2001-2002 I was a member of the UK Department of Health Advisory Group on services for people with personality disorder. 

Between 2006 and 2009 I was a member of the NICE Guidelines Development Group on the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. Published articles on which I was lead author were cited in the guideline. 

In 2008 I was a member of the UK government FORESIGHT advisory group on Mental Capital and wrote the chapter on personality disorder (2008) 

    My published work has been cited by:

  • The House of Lords

  • The House of Commons

  • The Select Committee on Home Affairs 

  • Department of Health commissioning guidance for personality disorder services (2009)

  • Northern Ireland Personality Disorder Strategy (2010)>

  • National Institute for Mental health in England (2003) guidance: The personality disorder capabilities framework


I am Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist to a multidisciplinary team specialising in the long-term management of patients who engage in repetitive self-harm. The service uses an innovative harm reduction approach to the management of self-harm. The work of the service was featured in a 2009 BBC documentary, "A World of Pain: Meera Syal on Self-Harm". 


1985-1991 Medical Training, St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College, London
1988: Intercalated BSc in Psychology, University College London

1992-2001 Maudsley & Bethlem Royal Hospitals
1996 MRCPsych 1996
2001 CCST (General Adult Psychiatry)
2006 Accredited member of Association for Cognitive
Analytic Therapy

1999-2000 London School of Hygiene (MSc in Epidemiology, Distinction)
2002 MD (University of London)