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Dr Isobel Heyman
Appointment
  • Honorary Professor
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Biography

Dr Isobel Heyman  is a clinical Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist/Neuropsychiatrist who leads the Psychological Medicine Team at GOSH.

She was awarded UK Royal College of Psychiatrists 'Psychiatrist of the Year' 2015/16

Graduated in pharmacology and medicine from University College London. Junior doctor positions in the Professorial Units at UCL and Middlesex Hospitals, and then at the Hammersmith Hospital and the National Hospital, Queen Square.  Went on to train in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital. Interest in neuropsychiatry and neurodevelopment led to  leaving clinical medicine for 3 years to obtain a laboratory based PhD in developmental neurobiology , as an MRC Training Fellow with  Professor Andrew Lumsden FRS.  

1995 returned to the Institute of Psychiatry as Clinical Lecturer and completed Higher Specialist Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  1998 made a Consultant at the Maudsley Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London. Over the next 15 years  founded and ran a national specialist service for severe obsessive compulsive disorder and related conditions, which became an international model for a research active clinical service. Published widely in the field of OCD whilst working as a full-time clinician, and has sat on many national and international working groups, advisory panels and academic programs. Promoted to Honorary Reader in 2011. On moving to GOSH as a consultant psychiatrist in 2012,  has continued with  neuropsychiatric clinical work and research in Tourette Syndrome and epilepsy, and is developing new clinical services and research programs focussing on the detection and treatment of mental health problems in children with physical illness. Particularly committed to integrating clinical practice with academic medicine, and in promoting the research careers of junior staff. The representation of psychiatry in the media is also an area of interest; has contributed to TV documentaries as well as working closely with the National OCD Charity  OCDAction. Made an Honorary Professor at UCL in 2012.

She collaborates with several of the research teams within Developmental Neurosciences, teaches on MSc programmes, and supervises trainees research. She is co-applicant/collaborator on several Tourette Syndrome studies including an NIMH funded international genetics study TicGenetics and a European multicentre study on the course of Tourette Syndrome EMTICS  
Research Summary

Most recent research has been on clinical phenomenology and treatment studies, with an emphasis on improving recognition of mental health conditions and improving outcomes in children with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).  PI on randomised controlled trials of novel treatments for paediatric OCD.    Ongoing collaborations in the neuroimaging of OCD. Developing a new research program at UCL’s Institute of Child Health with Great Ormond Street Hospital for Childrenfocussing on robust measurement of symptoms and functioning in children with combined mental and physical health problems. This will lead to trials of modified evidence-based treatments in this complex population, with the aim of improving outcomes. Continuing with research collaborations in the epilepsy program, focusing on the psychiatric aspects of childhood epilepsy, Tourette Syndrome and mental health of children with movement disorders.

Teaching Summary

Teaches on the MSc in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry course and the MSc in Paediatric Neuropsychology course at UCL Institute of Child Health. Regularly teaches on the Epilepsy Masterclasses hosted at Young Epilepsy, and on European Paediatric neurology training programs. At Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children,  teaches undergraduate and postgraduate medical trainees on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Main teaching areas are neuropsychiatryepilepsy, obsessive compulsive disorder, Tourette Syndrome and childhood anxiety.

Appointments
01-NOV-2012 Honorary Professor   University College London, Institute of Child Health, United Kingdom
01-NOV-2012 Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist   Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Tru, United Kingdom
2010 Honorary Reader   Kings College London, Institute of Psychiatry, United Kingdom
1998 – 2010 Honorary Senior Lecturer   Kings College London, Institute of Psychiatry, United Kingdom
1998 – 2012 Consultant Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatrist   Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Tru, United Kingdom
1998 – 2012 Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist   South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom
1995 – 1998 Senior Registrar Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Maudsley Hospital London, United Kingdom
1995 – 1998 Clinical Lecturer   Kings College London, Institute of Psychiatry, United Kingdom
1992 – 1995 MRC Clinical Training Fellow PhD Department of Developmental Neurobiology Guy's Hospital, UMDS, London, United Kingdom
1989 – 1992 Registrar in Psychiatry   Maudsley Hospital London, United Kingdom
1988 – 1989 Senior House Officer Medicine and Neurology Hammersmith Hospital and National Hospital Queen Square, United Kingdom
1987 – 1988 House Officer   University College London and Middlesex Hospitals, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1995 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Developmental Neurobiology United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St.. Thomas's Hospitals
1987 MBBS Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery – Medicine University College London
1982 BSc Bachelor of Science – Pharmacology University College London
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