Professor Robin Murray

MD, DSc, FRCP, FRCPsych, FMedSci

Consultant Psychiatrist

Professor Robin Murray is an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in the Psychosis Service. He is also a Professor of Psychiatric Research at the Institute of Psychiatry.

He participates in the psychosis research group at the Institute, which is the largest group of its kind outside the USA. His research covers epidemiology, molecular genetics, neuropsychiatry, neuroimaging, neuropsychology and neuropharmacology. He is the second most widely cited psychiatrist in the world outside the USA.


Professor Murray began his career in internal medicine at the Western Infirmary, Glasgow, before taking a role as Senior House Officer and Registrar in Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital.

He spent a year as Medical Research Council Visiting Fellow in Psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda Maryland, USA. Since then he has held a variety of academic posts at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.


Professor Murray’s main research interest is finding the causes of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, as well as developing better treatments for these disorders.

He is perhaps best known for helping to establish the neurodevelopmental hypothesis of schizophrenia, and for his work on the environmental risk factors relating to schizophrenia, such as obstetric events and cannabis use.

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