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Prof. Allan Young

​Research focus

  • cause and treatments for severe psychiatric illnesses, particularly mood disorders

​Official position

Director, Centre for Affective Disorders, Vice Dean Academic Psychiatry


Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London

Business address

16 De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 8AF, UK

Academic education and degrees

1979 - 1984

MB ChB in Medicine with Distinction in Psychiatry ,University of Edinburgh Medical School


 MPhil in Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh


 PhD in Psychiatry , University of Edinburgh


​General Medical Council Provisional Registration no. 2940162


​General Medical Council Full Registration no 2940162


​Certification in Basic Psychiatry Training, MRC Psych


​Completion of Higher Psychiatry Training

Professional career

1984 - 1985

House Physician / Surgeon

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and City Hospital Edinburgh

1985 - 1989

Postgraduate Student & Trainee Psychiatrist, University of Edinburgh

1989 - 1992

Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh

1992 - 1994

Clinical Lecturer, University of Oxford

1994 - 1999

Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne

1999 - 2007

Professor, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne

2005 - 2010​Professor of Psychiatry, Leading Edge Endowment Fund Chair in Depression Research, Director of the Institute of Mental Health University of British Columbia, Canada
​2010 - 2013​Chair of Psychiatry and Director of the Centre for Mental Health, Division of Brain Sciences, Department of Medicine, Imperial College London
​2013 to date​Chair of Mood Disorders and Director of the Centre for Affective Disorders, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London

Honors, awards and positions


Election to Fellowship of Royal College of Psychiatrists


Member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia


Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, FRCPC


Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology

Current journal editorial positions

2000 - present​Journal of Psychopharmacology, Assistant Editor, Member of Editorial Advisory Board and Intl. Editorial Board
​2000 - present​Human Psychopharmacology, Member of Editorial Board
2000 - present​Frontiers in Affective Disorders, Member of Associate Editorial Board
​2000 - present​Current Psychiatry Reviews, Member of Editorial Board
​2000 - present​Comprehensive Psychiatry, Member of International Advisory Board
2000 - present​Clinical Approaches in Bipolar Disorders, Member of Editorial Board
​2000 - present​Brain Pharmacology, Member of Editorial Board
​2006 - present​Acta Neuropsychiatrica, Member of Editorial Board
2006 - present​Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, Editor (Americas), Member of Editorial Board
​2007 - present​The Open Psychiatry Journal (Bentham Science Publishers), Member of Editorial Advisory Board
2010 - present

​Society of Biological Psychiatry Newsletter, Member of Editorial Board

Quarterly Journal of Mental Health, Member of Editorial Board

2013 - present​Farmakoterapia w Psychiatrii i Neurologii (Pharmacotherapy in Psychiatry and Neurology), Member of Editorial Board
​2020 - present​Minerva Psichiatrica, Editorial Committee member


 10 most important peer-reviewed papers (10 out of: of ~500, h-index: 80)

  1. Lee SH, Ripke S, Neale BM, Faraone SV, Purcell SM, … Young AH et al. Genetic relationship between five psychiatric disorders estimated from genome-wide SNPs. Nature genetics. 2013;45(9): 984.

  2. Sklar P, Ripke S, Scott LJ, Andreassen OA, Cichon S, … Young AH et al. Large-scale genome-wide association analysis of bipolar disorder identifies a new susceptibility locus near ODZ4. Nature genetics. 2011;43(10): 977.

  3. Network T, O'Dushlaine C, Rossin L, Lee PH, Duncan L, ... Young AH et al. Psychiatric genome-wide association study analyses implicate neuronal, immune and histone pathways. Nature neuroscience.2015;18(2), 199-209.

  4. Pacchiarotti I, Bond DJ, Baldessarini RJ, Nolen WA, Grunze H, ... Young AH et al. The International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) task force report on antidepressant use in bipolar disorders. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2013;170(11):1249-1262.

  5. Angst J, Azorin JM, Bowden CL, Perugi G … Young AH. Prevalence and characteristics of undiagnosed bipolar disorders in patients with a major depressive episode: the BRIDGE study. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2011;68(8):791-799.

  6. Goodwin GM, Haddad PM, Ferrier IN, Aronson JK, Barnes, … Young AH et al. Evidence-based guidelines for treating bipolar disorder: revised third edition recommendations from the British Association for Psychopharmacology. Journal of Psychopharmacology. 2016;30(6):495-553.

  7. Cleare A, Pariante CM, Young AH, Anderson IM, Christmas D et al. Evidence-based guidelines for treating depressive disorders with antidepressants: a revision of the 2008 British Association for Psychopharmacology guidelines. Journal of Psychopharmacology. 2015;29(5):459-525.

  8. Hibar DP, Westlye LT, van Erp TG, Rasmussen J, Leonardo CD, … Young AH et al. Subcortical volumetric abnormalities in bipolar disorder. Molecular psychiatry. 2016;21(12):1710-1716.

  9. Wise T, Radua J, Via E , Cardoner N, Abe O, … Young AH et al. Common and distinct patterns of grey-matter volume alteration in major depression and bipolar disorder: evidence from voxel-based meta-analysis. Molecular psychiatry. 2017;22(10):1455-1463.

  10. Hibar DP, Westlye LT, Doan NT, Jahanshad N, Cheung JW, … Young AH, et al. Cortical abnormalities in bipolar disorder: an MRI analysis of 6503 individuals from the ENIGMA Bipolar Disorder Working Group. Molecular psychiatry. 2018;23(4):932-942.

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