Graham Thornicroft
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Professor of Community Psychiatry: Centre for Global Mental Health and Centre for Implementation Science, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London

Consultant Psychiatrist: South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Director: NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South London

Director: King’s Improvement Science, King’s Health Partners

Chair: Maudsley International

Chair: Human Rights and Mental Health (F-GIP)

Graham Thornicroft is Professor of Community Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London (KCL). He also works as a Consultant Psychiatrist at South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, working in a community mental health early intervention team in Lambeth. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and is a National Institute of Health Research Senior Investigator.

Graham took his undergraduate degree at Cambridge in Social and Political Science, studied Medicine at Guy’s Hospital, and went on to train in Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He gained an MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a PhD at the University of London.

Graham has made significant contributions to the development of mental health policy in England, including Chairing the External Reference Group for the National Service Framework for Mental Health, the national mental health plan for England for 1999-2009.

He is also active in global mental health, for example, he chaired the World Health Organisation Guideline Development Group for the Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) Intervention Guide, a practical support for primary care staff to treat people with mental, neurological and substance use disorders in low and lower middle income countries.

His areas of research expertise include: stigma and discrimination, mental health needs assessment, cost-effectiveness evaluations of mental health treatments, service user led research, implementation science, and global mental health. Graham has authored or edited 30 books and 445 peer-reviewed papers in Pubmed. 

His books include:

1.  Thornicroft G. Brewin C. & Wing J.K. (1992) Measuring Mental Health Needs. Royal College of Psychiatrists, Gaskell Press, London.

2. Phelan M. Strathdee G. and Thornicroft G. (1995) Emergency Mental Health services in the Community. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

3. Knudsen H. & Thornicroft G. (1996) Mental Health Service Evaluation. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. (Translated into Italian).

4. Thornicroft G. & Strathdee G. (1996). Commissioning Mental Health Services. HMSO London.

5. Johnson S. Ramsay R. Thornicroft G. Brooks E. Lelliot P. Peck E. Smith H. Chisholm D. Audini B. Knapp M. & Goldberg D. (1997) London’s Mental Health. King’s Fund, London. (First and Second editions).

6. Goldberg D. & Thornicroft G. (1998) Mental Health in Our Future Cities. Laurence and Erlbaum, London.

7. Slade M. Thornicroft G. Loftus L. Phelan M. & Wykes T. (1999) Camberwell Assessment of Need (CAN). Royal College of Psychiatrist, Gaskell, London.  

8. Tansella M. & Thornicroft G.  (1999) Common Mental Disorders in Primary Care. Essay in Honour of Professor Sir David Goldberg. Routledge, London. (Translated into Portuguese).

9. Thornicroft G. & Tansella M. (1999) The Mental Health Matrix. A Manual to Improve Services. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. (Translated into Italian,  Rumanian, Russian and Spanish).

10. Reynolds A. & Thornicroft G. (1999) Managing Mental Health Services. Open University Press, Milton Keynes. (Translated into Italian and Portuguese) (Highly Commended in BMA Medical Book Awards, 2000).

11. Thornicroft G. & Szmukler G. (2001) Textbook of Community Psychiatry. Oxford University Press, Oxford. (Highly Commended in BMA Medical Book Awards, 2002).

12. Tansella M. & Thornicroft G (2001) Mental Health Outcome Measures (2nd Edition). Gaskell, Royal College of Psychiatrists, London.

13. Thornicroft G. (2001) Measuring Mental Health Needs (2nd edition). Gaskell, Royal College of Psychiatrist, London.

14. Xenitidis K. Slade M. Thornicroft G. & Bouras N. (2003) Camberwell Assessment of Need for Adults with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (CANDID). A comprehensive needs assessment tool for people with learning disabilities (mental retardation) and mental health problems. Gaskell, Royal College of Psychiatrists, London.

15. Thomas S. Harty M.A. Parrott J. McCrone P. Slade M. & Thornicroft G. (2006) The Forensic CAN: A needs assessment for forensic mental health service users. London: Gaskell.

16. Thornicroft G. Becker T. Knapp M. Knudsen H. C. Schene A. Tansella M. & Vazquez-Barquero J-L. (2006) International Outcome Measures in Mental Health. Quality of Life, Needs, Service Satisfaction, Costs and Impact on Carers. Gaskell, Royal College of Psychiatrists, London.

17. Thornicroft G. (2006) Shunned: Discrimination against People with Mental Illness. Oxford University Press, Oxford (Winner of BMA Book of the Year Award: Mental Health Category, 2007) (Translated into Japanese and Turkish)

18. Thornicroft G. (2006) Actions speak louder: tackling discrimination against people with mental illness. Mental Health Foundation, London.

19. Knapp M. McDaid D. Mossialos E. & Thornicroft G. (Eds) (2007) Mental Health Policy and Practice Across Europe. The Future Direction of Mental Health Care. Open University Press (Winner of the 2007 Baxter Award of the European Health Management Association).

20. Johnson S. Needle J. Bindman J. & Thornicroft G. (eds) (2008) Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment in Mental Health. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

21. Howard L. Hunt K. Slade M. O’Keane V. Seneviratne  T. Leese M. & Thornicroft G. (2008) Camberwell Assessment of Need: Mother's Version (CAN-M). A needs-based assessment for pregnant women and mothers with severe mental illness. Gaskell, Royal College of Psychiatrists, London.

22. Thornicroft G. & Tansella M. (2009) Better Mental Health Care. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. (Translated into: Chinese, Georgian, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish and Serbian and Vietnamese)

23. Thornicroft G. & Tansella M. (2010) (3rd edition). Mental Health Outcome Measures. RCPsych. London. (Highly Commended in BMA Medical Book Awards, 2011).

24. Thornicroft G. Drake RE., Mueser K. & Szmukler G. (2011) Oxford Textbook of Community Mental Health. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

25. Thornicroft G., Alem A., Drake RE., Ito H., Mari J., McGeorge P., Thara R. & Semrau M. (2011) Community mental health: putting policy into practice globally. London: Wiley-Blackwell. (Highly Commended in BMA Medical Book Awards, 2012).

26. Callard F. Sartorius N.  Arboleda-Florez J. Bartlett P. Helmchen H. Stuart H. Taborda J. & Thornicroft G. (2012) Mental Illness, Discrimination and the Law: Fighting for Social Justice. London: Wiley-Blackwell.

27. Wright A. Thornicroft G. & Randolph J. (2012) A view from inside. White-Card, London.

28. Thornicroft G. Ruggeri M. & Goldberg D. (2013) Improving Mental Health Care: the Global Challenge.  London: Wiley-Blackwell. (Highly Commended in BMA Medical Book Awards, 2014).

29. Thornicroft G. & Patel V. (2014) Global Mental Health Trials. Oxford University Press, Oxford. 




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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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