27 Sep 2022

This award is granted to an outstanding scientist in the area of psychiatric epidemiology in recognition of 'significant contributions to the scientific understanding of the epidemiology, and control of mental disorders.' It is sponsored by the Mental Health, Epidemiology, and Statistics Sections of the American Public Health Association.

Graham joins 51 other recipients of the Rema Lapouse Award, including Professors George Brown, Michael Shepherd, Michael Rutter, Terrie Moffitt and Avshalom Caspi of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London


I am honoured to receive this prestigious award. Science is not undertaken alone, and I would like to thank the many colleagues worldwide with whom I collaborate in the fields of stigma and discrimination, community mental health, and global mental health. This award is a recognition of the importance of these efforts as we continue to strive for better mental health.

Professor Sir Graham Thornicroft

Professor Sir Graham Thornicroft

Graham Thornicroft, BA, MA, MB BS, MSc, PhD is professor of community psychiatry at the Centre for Global Mental Health and the Centre for Implementation Science, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. He is also a consultant psychiatrist at South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, working in a community mental health team in Lambeth.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, is a NIHR Senior Investigator Emeritus, and an Honorary Fellow of King’s College London and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Graham has made significant contributions to the development of mental health policy in England, including chairing the External Reference Group for the National Service Framework for Mental Health, the national mental health plan for England for 1999-2009.

His areas of research expertise include: reduction of stigma and discrimination, evaluation of mental health services, and global mental health. Graham has written 650 peer-reviewed papers in PubMed, and authored or edited over 32 books of which seven are award winning. In recent years he has been named as among the most Highly Cited Researchers in the world by Clarivate. Graham received a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours Awards in 2017.