Division of Psychiatry


Our research strategy includes genetics, neuroimaging, stem cell, trials and training initiatives. Psychiatry in Edinburgh, as part of Edinburgh Neuroscience's combined submission to the 'Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience' panel for the UK-wide Research Excellence framework (REF 2014), was 3rd in the UK for research power, with a 100% 4 star score for its research environment and an 81% 4 star rating on impact of research in the UK. We carry out research across a range of psychiatric disorders.

Research strategy

Our five year research strategy in psychiatry operates across five themes.

High Risk Studies

We have undertaken several, extensive longitudinal studies concerning the development of a number of psychiatric conditions:

The Edinburgh Study of Co-Morbid Learning Disability (Mental Retardation)

The Edinburgh High Risk Study (EHRS) of schizophrenia

The Bipolar Family Study

Research groups

We are also host to a number of research groups carrying out other major projects.


Forensic Psychiatry

Psychiatric Genetics


Developmental Neurobiology


Mood disorders

Psychological Medicine Research (PMR)

Scottish Mental Health Research Network (SMHRN)