Fiona Gaughran

Fiona Gaughran

Professor of Physical Health and Clinical Therapeutics, Professor

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    Biographical details

    Professor Fiona Gaughran has had a visiting attachment to IoPPN since 2000 and took up a substantive role in 2014. She is a Professor of Physical Health and Clinical Therapeutics in Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. She is also Director of Research and Development at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in London, where she is the Lead Consultant for the National Psychosis Service.

    Professor Gaughran qualified in Medicine from University College, Dublin, later receiving her Doctorate from University College Cork. She first worked in medicine in St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin, achieving membership of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, and went on to complete general and specialist psychiatry training in the Irish Southern Health Board and National schemes respectively. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists as well as the Royal Colleges of Physicians in London, Edinburgh and Dublin.

    As part of her clinical role, Professor Gaughran is responsible for implementing new, evidence-based approaches to help people with psychotic illnesses that have not responded well to treatment. She has a keen interest in the physical health of people with psychosis and has published widely in this field. Professor Gaughran has published over 150 papers, and book chapters and recently co-edited books on “Treatment Refractory Schizophrenia” and “Physical Health in Schizophrenia” and the “Maudsley Practice Guidelines for Physical Health in Psychiatry”. Professor Gaughran was named in the Web of Science “Highly-cited” list for 2020, reflecting multiple papers ranking in the top 1% by citations for their field.

     

    Research interests

    Professor Gaughran’s research interests are largely focused on the interface between physical health and severe mental illness and on the management of psychosis. She also has an interest in improving the implementation and application of digital technology and is the Theme Lead for Applied Informatics in the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration in South London.

    She is currently supervising MD Res and PhD students in areas such as High Intensity Interval Training in Psychosis; HbA1c levels in people with severe mental illness; Management of dysglycaemia in mental health settings; Stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation and co-morbid mental health problems; Fatigue in people with psychosis.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    External positions

    Psychosis Clinical Lead, Brain Mind and Body Bioresource, Biomedical Research Centre, Institute of Psychiatry

    Physical Health Lead, Psychosis Clinical Academic Group Kings Health Partners

    Lead Consultant, SLaM South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

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