Professor Terry Brugha


Professor of Psychiatry

Social and Epidemiological Psychiatry Research Group

Department of Health Sciences

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University of Leicester
Centre for Medicine
University Road
Leicester, LE1 7RH

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3211 (University matters only)
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Personal details


I have worked as an Adult General Psychiatrist since 1977 and I am now working as a clinical specialist in autism in adult general psychiatry. I am presently the lead investigator on the first ever large scale epidemiological survey of autism spectrum disorders in adults, the Chair of the WHO Advisory Committee of SCAN, and lead a programme of observational and experimental research into the prevention of depression in women in the context of childbirth.

I am associate editor of Psychological Medicine. Previous positions have included joint co-ordinator of the WHO World Mental Health Survey initiative in Europe (ESEMED) and Secretary General of the International Federation for Psychiatric Epidemiology.


Publications: PubMed

YouTube Video on Why epidemiology is useful in psychiatry?

Positions held

  • Associate Editor, Psychological Medicine (Cambridge University Press; 1993-)
  • Chair, WHO Advisory Committee, Schedules for Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry  (SCAN; 1998-)
  • Secretary General, International Federation of Psychiatric Epidemiology
  • Senior Medical Officer, Department of Health, London (1995-97)
  • SHO, Registrar, Senior Registrar, Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospital,
    London (1980-87)
  • Member of the Scientific Staff, MRC Social Psychiatry Research Unit, 
    and Lecturer, Institute of Psychiatry, London (1982-1987)

Professional activities

  • 2010 -  Board Member, National Autism Strategy Implementation, Department of Health, London.
  • 2006 - 2007 Member, Dimensional Approaches in Diagnostic Classification Workgroup for DSM-5. American Psychiatric Association, Washington DC
  • 1998 - Chairman, World Health Organisation Advisory Committee for Schedules for Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry. Leading on use of SCAN in APA DSM-5 and adaptation of SCAN version 3.0 to be compatible with DSM-5 and with ICD-11 (2019).
  • Advisor to most relevant grant funding bodies (MRC, Welcome, NIHR etc.)
  • Adviser to Department of Health on psychiatric epidemiology (since 1994), policy on autism in adults (since 2006).
  • Adviser to  Number 10 Policy Unit on quality of data collected on mental illness in government psychiatric surveys
  • 2002 - 2007 Elected, Secretary General, International Federation for Psychiatric Epidemiology.
  • Advisor to Royal College of Psychiatrists on clinical training on ASD and Asperger Syndrome.
  • 1993 - Associate Editor, Psychological Medicine
  • 2003 - 2010 Deputy Head & Director of Research of Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester
  • Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist and Director Adult Asperger Assessment Service, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
  • Unit Head, Academic Unit for Social and Epidemiological Psychiatry, Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester



  • PhD, iMSc and Biology BSc supervision.
  • Training in SCAN (Schedules for Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry)  for WHO SCAN Training Course


  • Epidemiological surveys of adult autism spectrum disorders and other mental disorders
  • Prevention of depression (PoNDER, PAWs, PfP)
  • Measurement (psychopathology, stressful life events, social networks, autism in adulthood)
  • Social support networks
  • Evaluation of services for the severely mentally ill

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