Dr Fiona Gaughran

MB, BCh, BAO, MD, MRCPsych, FRCP(I), FRCP (Lond)

Fiona GaughranLead Consultant | Senior Lecturer

Dr Fiona Gaughran is the lead consultant in the National Psychosis Serviceand director of research and developmentat South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. She is also a reader in psychopharmacology and physical health in the department of psychosis studies at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IOPPN). As part of her role, Dr Gaughran is responsible for implementing new, evidence-based approaches relating to people with psychotic illnesses that have been resistant to treatment. She also has a particular interest in the physical health of people with psychosis and has published widely in this field.


Dr Gaughran obtained her basic medical degree at University College, Dublin. As a postgraduate, she trained in internal medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin; completed her general professional training in psychiatry in Cork; and her higher training in adult general and liaison psychiatry on the national senior registrar training scheme.

On moving to London, Dr Gaughran was a consultant psychiatrist and senior lecturer in adult general and community psychiatry for the Trust in Lewisham. From 1999, she was research and development lead for adult mental health in Lewisham. In this role, she advanced public involvement in research, developing the consumer research advisory group system of including service users in the research and development management system of the Trust and IOPPN. She also helped establish the Trust and IOPPN’s service user research enterprise. Dr Gaughran is a fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians in both London and Dublin and a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

She has held a number of senior managerial roles in the Trust, as associate clinical director for complex care (2010-2011); physical health lead for the psychosis clinical academic group and now as director of research and development. She was chair of the NHS England clinical reference group for specialized mental health and more recently chaired the NHS England, healthy London partnership’s  ‘Stolen Years’ group, working with primary care, secondary care, public health and clinical commissioning groups to reduce early mortality in people with psychosis in London.


Dr Gaughran has a particular interest in translating research into clinical practice and over the years has secured substantial research grant income to support this work. Her current research interests are largely focused on the interface between physical health and severe mental illness and on the management of refractory psychosis.

She has recently edited a textbook on the management of refractory schizophrenia (“Treatment Refractory Schizophrenia, A Clinical Conundrum. Eds PF Buckley & F Gaughran. Springer, 2014) and has contributed book chapters to other publications including:

“Immunity and Schizophrenia” – Autoimmunity, cytokines and immune responses” in Neurobiology of the Immune System, Eds Angela Clow, Frank Hucklebridge. International Review of Neurobiology, Volume 52, 2002.

“Schizophrenia and Immune responses” F. Gaughran, J. Welch. in Neuroimmunology, Handbook of Neurochemistry and Molecular Neurobiology (3rd Ed. ). Eds. A. Galoyan, A.Lajtha. Springer. 2008. p467-488

Treating Women With Schizophrenia, S Smith, F Gaughran in Castle & Abel: Comprehensive Women’s Mental Health, Cambridge University Press, 2016

Treatment with Medication. D Tracy, F Gaughran. Care of the Mentally Disordered Offender in the Community, Second Edition. Oxford University Press (in press)

Details of Dr Gaughran’s research outputs can be found at https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/fiona-gaughran(5f952cc4-cb78-4a90-9c8f-f2a0f31525fa).html

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