Dr Laura McWhirter

Consultant Neuropsychiatrist and Clinical Research Fellow

  • Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences

Contact details



University of Edinburgh,
Royal Edinburgh Hospital,
Morningside Terrace

Post code
EH10 5HF


Laura McWhirter graduated MBChB from the University of Edinburgh in 2008, having taken an unusual route to medicine after a degree in music from the University of York in 2001.  Dr McWhirter completed  specialist training in General Adult and Liaison Psychiatry in South East Scotland in June 2018. Her research is primarily in the areas of Functional Neurological Disorders, cognitive disorders, and brain injury. 


MBChB - University of Edinburgh, 2008

BA (Hons) in Music -  University of York, 2001

PhD - 'Understanding functional cognitive disorder phenotypes in the differential diagnosis of neurodegenerative disease' - 2021

Responsibilities & affiliations

Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists - 2012

Member of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) - 2011

Secretary of the British Neuropsychiatry Association (2021 - present)

Research summary

Laura McWhirter's research interests are in cognitive disorders, functional neurological disorders, and brain injury. 

Current research interests

Dr McWhirter's current primary research project aims to describe various clinical phenotypes in Long COVID.

Past research interests

Somatosensory attention in functional neurological disorders, Foreign Accent Syndrome, transcranial magnetic stimulation, the history of physical treatments for functional neurological disorder.

Current project grants

Clinical Phenotyping Of Prolonged Cognitive Symptoms After COVID-19 (Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office) (2021-23)

Past project grants

Baillie Gifford Clinical Research Fellowship (2018-21)

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