Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences

Professor Stephen Lawrie

Stephen Lawrie is Head of the Division of Psychiatry.

Stephen Lawrie

Head of the Division of Psychiatry, Director of PsySTAR

  • Division of Psychiatry
  • Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences

Contact details

As an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist with NHS Lothian, he works as a general psychiatrist in Edinburgh and in the South-East Scotland regional adult ASD clinical service.


Professor Lawrie graduated in Medicine from Aberdeen University and completed basic Psychiatry training at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Following six months as a Wellcome Research Fellow, he was Lecturer and then Sackler Clinical Research Fellow/Reader in the Department of Psychiatry in Edinburgh.

Research interests

Professor Lawrie’s overarching goal is to develop research tools to provide objective diagnoses and improve the management of major psychiatric disorder.

He is particularly interested in clinical applications of brain imaging in psychosis and in the development of novel treatments that might enhance outcomes in established schizophrenia and possibly even prevent psychosis in high risk populations.

His own research has primarily involved using structural and functional brain imaging to distinguish patients with schizophrenia from their relatives, and from other patients with major psychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder and autism.

He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, had more than 14,000 citations, and his h-index = 60.

Markers of esteem

Beltane Public Engagement Fellow (2014)

Director of PsySTAR

Director of the NRS Mental Health Network

Co-editor of Companion to Psychiatric Studies 2011 (‘Highly commended’ by the BMA)

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh

Fellow of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology

Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Editorial Board of five other Journals including The Lancet Psychiatry

Field editor (Neuro-Imaging) for the World Journal of Biological Psychiatry

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