Richard Emsley

Richard Emsley


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Biographical details

  • NIHR Research Professor and Professor of Medical Statistics and Trials Methodology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Interim Academic Director, King's Clinical Trials Unit
  • Theme Lead for Trials, Genomics and Prediction in the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre
  • Director, NIHR Research Support Service Hub at King's College London


Before joining King's in January 2018, I held a personal Chair at The University of Manchester as Professor of Medical Statistics and was Deputy Director of the Manchester Clinical Trials Unit. 

I studied at The University of Manchester for a BSc in Mathematics (2000-2003) and an MRC funded PhD studentship in Biostatistics (2003-2007) under the supervision of Prof Graham Dunn and Prof Andrew Pickles.  Following my PhD, I worked as a Research Associate in the Centre for Biostatistics, and was awarded personal fellowships as an MRC Career Development Award in Biostatistics (2009-2012) and an MRC Early Career Centenary Award (2012-2013), before being appointed as a Lecturer (2012), and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2015 and Professor in 2016.  During my fellowships, I spent several months as a visiting researcher at the Department of Epidemiology and Department of Biostatistics at Harvard Chan School of Public Health.

Research interests

My research interests are in clinical trials methodology, and developing statistical methods for efficacy and mechanisms evaluation using causal inference approaches. Our research group develop clinical trial designs which aim to answer questions about treatments more quickly and using fewer patients, and promote trial designs and associated analysis methods for precision medicine.  

The applications of these methods focus on randomised trials of complex interventions in mental health - a full list of projects is shown below.


Leadership roles

Within the Department of Biostatistics and Health Informatics, I lead the Trials Methodology Research Group, and am the lead for the joint department and NIHR Maudsley BRC Methodology Patient and Public Involvement group. 

Externally, I am an elected member of Council and Trustee of the Royal Statistical Society, an investigator on the MRC-NIHR Trials Methodology Research Partnership, and co-lead of its Statistical Analysis Working Group. I am the founder of the European Causal Inference Meeting (Euro-CIM), and an Associate Editor of the journal Clinical Trials.

For the National Institute of Health Research, I hold a number of roles:


Methodology projects

Some of my current methodological projects are shown below:


Clinical projects

Some of my current clinical projects are shown below:

Psychosis and schizophrenia:

Depression and self-harm:


Other projects:


Teaching and Education

I teach on the MSc in Applied Statistical Modelling and Health Informatics, on the following modules:

  • Multilevel and Longitudinal Modelling (module lead)
  • Structural Equation Modelling with Stata
  • Causal Modelling and Evaluation

I was Chair of the Assessment SubBoard for the MSc from 2019-2023.

I deliver lectures on clinical trials and intervention studies on various MSc courses and external short courses.



I welcome enquiries for potential PhD students. If you are interested in studying for a PhD, please get in contact directly using email.

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 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Biostatistics, Doctor of Philosophy, Statistical models of selection and causation, University of Manchester

Award Date: 30 Jul 2007

Mathematics, Bachelor of Science, University of Manchester

Award Date: 30 Jun 2003

External positions

Chair, NIHR Academy Involvement Group, NIHR

1 Jan 202331 Dec 2025

Board member, NIHR Strategy Board, NIHR

1 Jan 202231 Dec 2022

Chair, Executive Committee, NIHR Statistics Group, NIHR

1 Jan 202231 Dec 2024

Council Member, Royal Statistical Society

1 Jan 202231 Dec 2025

Member, NIHR Clinical Trials Unit Standing Advisory Committee


NIHR Research Professor, NIHR National Institute For Health & Care Research

1 Nov 201930 Oct 2024

Member, Clinical Evaluation and TrialsCommittee, NIHR Health Technology Assessment

1 Jan 201831 Dec 2021


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