Academic Partners

Professor Craig Morgan

Craig Morgan is Professor of Social Epidemiology and Head of the Health Service and Population Research Department at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London. He is also Co-director of the ESRC funded KCL Centre for Society and Mental Health. Craig is also editor-in-chief of the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. His research is focused on social and cultural influences on the onset, course and outcome of mental disorders, particularly during adolescence.


REACH, which stands for Resilience, Ethnicity, and AdolesCent Mental Health, is a study of adolescent mental health. REACH is being conducted in 12 secondary schools in south London and involves over 4,000 young people. Information on mental health and both risk and protective factors is being collected from young people, initially, at three yearly time points. The findings will help us understand the best ways to promote good mental health among young people from all backgrounds. For more information visit:

Dr Jayati Das-Munshi

Jayati Das-Munshi is an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist with South London & Maudsley Trust and Clinician Scientist/ Senior Lecturer with King’s College London.  Amongst a number of projects Jay is involved in, she also currently leads a programme of work which utilises health data from more than 1.0 million electronic health records from primary and secondary care (SLaM CRIS data, Lambeth DataNet and data from other CCGs in East London), informed by qualitative interviews with service users, carers and clinicians.

Dr Johnny Downs

Johnny Downs is a NIHR Clinician Scientist and Honorary Consultant in Developmental Psychiatry at the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, King’s College London. With colleagues he has conducted a number of public health related projects focusing on the (re)use of digital information for epidemiological studies. He has a growing interest in using these tools to understand health inequalities for both access and engagement in services for young people with mental health problems, and the risk of ‘automating’ these inequalities through prediction modelling with A.I and how ‘fairness’ could be better integrated. His work also involves developing and evaluating patient portals to enhance patient reported outcomes, natural language processing, data-linkage to integrate non-health data into clinical record analysis, and the integration of remote monitoring technology into clinical care. Further details of his work can be found at

Dr Gemma Knowles

Gemma Knowles is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Health Service and Population Research Department at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. Gemma is the project coordinator for REACH, a study of adolescent mental health in London. Her research is focussed on the physical-mental health interface during adolescence.

Dr Sally Marlow

Sally Marlow is a Public Engagement Fellow at King’s College London.  She is responsible for developing and delivering public engagement and media initiatives to support the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. She is also a BBC Broadcaster specialising in mental health and is currently working on ‘Storm and Stress’, a documentary series for BBC Radio 4.  Sally also works on arts and mental health projects and is Associate Editor for Culture at The Psychologist

Dr Sumithra Velupillai

Sumithra Velupillai is a lecturer in Applied Health Informatics at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London, UK and NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Her main research interests are in applying information extraction techniques on clinical text, such as electronic health records, and has worked on both Swedish and English data, mainly on information extraction approaches, currently with a focus on mental health use-cases.