Professor Andrea Danese


Profile Headshots 2015-24Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Professor Andrea Danese, MD, PhD, is Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at the National & Specialist CAMHS Trauma, Anxiety, and Depression Clinic at the Michael Rutter Centre, Maudsley Hospital, London, UK.


Professor Danese heads the Stress & Development Lab at the Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Centre, and the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London. The research from his team focuses on childhood trauma, and he has published widely on the consequences of childhood trauma, the biological mechanisms through which childhood trauma affects health, the mechanisms of resilience, and treatment of trauma-related psychopathology.

He is the recipient of numerous research awards including the 2015 Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Early Career Research Contribution Award, and the 2016 American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Senior Researcher Award. He has contributed to the ‘Rutter’s Textbook of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry’ and the ‘Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines’. He is the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) representative on childhood trauma and a member of the Research Advisory Committee at NSPCC.

Along with his clinical team, Professor Danese has written open-access resources on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and on how to support children who experienced traumatic events.

Research interests

Selected publications

  • Lewis, S.J., Arseneault, L., Caspi, A., Fisher, H.L., Matthews, T., Moffitt, T.E., Odgers, C.L., Stahl, D., Teng, J.Y., Danese, A. The Epidemiology of Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in a Representative Cohort of Young People. Lancet Psychiatry. 2019; 6(3):247-256. doi:10.1016/S2215-0366(19)30031-8
  • Baldwin, J.R., Reuben, A., Newbury, J., Danese, A. Agreement between prospective and retrospective measures of childhood victimization: a systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Psychiatry 2019 doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.0097
  • Gobin, M., Rubin, G.J., Albert, I., Beck, A., Danese, A., Greenberg, N., Grey, N., Smith, P., Oliver, I. Outcomes of a mental health screening programme for UK Nationals affected by the 2015 and 2016 terrorist attacks in Tunisia, Paris and Brussels. Journal of Traumatic Stress. 2018; 31(4):471-479.  doi:10.1002/jts.22317
  • Danese, A., Moffitt, T.E., Arseneault, L., Bleiberg, B., Dinardo, P., Gadelman, S., Houts, R., Ambler, A., Fisher, H.L., Poulton, R., Caspi, A. The origins of cognitive deficits in victimized children: Implications for neuroscientists and clinicians. Am J Psychiatry, 2017 174(4):349-361 doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2016.16030333
  • Danese, A. & Baldwin, J. Hidden wounds? Inflammatory links between childhood trauma and psychopathology. Annual Review of Psychology. 2017; 68:517-544 doi: 10.1146/annurev-psych-010416-044208
  • Agnew-Blais, J. & Danese, A. Childhood maltreatment and unfavourable clinical outcomes in bipolar disorder: A systematic review and meta-analytical investigation. Lancet Psychiatry. 2016; 3 (4):342-349. doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(15)00544-1
  • Nanni, V., Uher, R., Danese, A. Childhood maltreatment predicts unfavourable course of illness and treatment outcome in depression: a meta-analysis. Am J Psychiatry. 2012; 169(2):141-51. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2011.11020335

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