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Prof Michael King
Second Floor
Charles Bell House
67-73 Riding House St
  • Professor of Primary Care Psychiatry
  • Division of Psychiatry
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

Michael King completed his medical studies in New Zealand before moving to the UK in 1978 to undertake training in family practice.  He then moved to the Maudsley Hospital in 1981 to train in clinical psychiatry before undertaking research training in psychiatric epidemiology at the former General Practice Research Unit (Institute of Psychiatry).  He took up a senior lecturer post in the Department of Academic Psychiatry at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in 1989 and eventually became head of department.  He joined UCL when the Royal Free School of Medicine became a part of UCL in 1998.

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Research Summary

I am 1) Director of Mental Health Sciences; 2) joint director of PRIMENT Clinical Trials Unit and 3) joint lead on the UCL arm of the London Research Design Service.

I am a psychiatric epidemiologist who is interested in large scale national and international research. I have a particular interest in the design and conduct of cohort studies and randomised trials of complex mental health interventions in primary and secondary care. Clinical trials in this area are difficult to conduct because of the complexity of the issues including diagnosis, interventions and outcomes. I am interested in the incorporation of patients' and professionals' preferences into the design of randomised trials and on ways in which to reduce the burden of participation for patients and their families. I undertake observational research which includes national surveys of mental health in the UK, and cohort studies in European populations to understand the risks for mental disorders. We have developed the first risk algorithm for onset of major depression (predictD) which is modelled along the lines of risk algorithms for cardiac disease and other illnesses. We are applying this algorithm in research into prevention of major depression in primary care populations in Spain, the UK and Chile. My other interests include the epidemiology of sexual dysfunction, the stress and stigma faced by gay and lesbian people, the mental health of patients in the late stages of cancer and the role of religious and spiritual beliefs in mental well-being.

Teaching Summary
Michael King’s teaching activities take place at a number of levels.  1) He has overall responsibility for under- and post-graduate teaching of psychiatry and research methods conducted by Mental Health Sciences; 2)  He teaches epidemiology and trial methodology on a number of taught PhD courses in Spain, Argentina and Chile, two of which have been supported by the European Union; 3) Currently he supervises 8 ongoing PhD students and has previously supervised 16 PhD students to graduation. 
Academic Background
1989 PhD Doctor of Philosophy University of London
1986 MD Doctor of Medicine University of Auckland
1979 MRCP Member of the Royal College of Physicians Royal College of Physicians
1976 MB.ChB Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery University of Auckland
1973 BSc Bachelor of Science University of Auckland
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