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Stephen Stansfeld

Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Queen Mary University of London

I am Professor of Psychiatry and I also work as an honorary consultant psychiatrist in psychiatric rehabilitation for the East London Foundation NHS Trust.

I qualified in Medicine from St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College in 1975. After medical and neurosurgery posts I pursued psychiatric training at the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospitals (1978-82). I held a Wellcome Trust Training fellowship in the General Practice Research Unit at the Institute of Psychiatry (1982-5) carrying out epidemiological and psychophysiological doctoral research into noise sensitivity and depression.

I returned to Bethlem Royal Hospital and the Hammersmith Hospital in 1985 to complete my Senior Registrar training in Psychiatry. I became a Lecturer in the Department of Community Medicine at University College London in 1987 continuing my research on health inequalities in the Whitehall II Study of London based Civil Servants.

I became a Senior Lecturer in Social and Community Psychiatry at University College in 1988 with clinical work at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, managing the day hospital and developing community services.

Between 1994 and 1999 I was first Senior Lecturer and then Reader in Social and Environmental Psychiatry at University College London and co-Director of the Whitehall II Study.

In 2002, with Michael Marmot I published Stress and the heart: psychosocial pathways to coronary heart disease.

During this time my clinical work involved rehabilitation psychiatry at an innovative unit at St Luke's Hospital, Muswell Hill, London. With Professor Hugh Freeman I published The impact of the environment on psychiatric disorder in 2008.

My current research includes studies of work and mental health, environmental noise and health and longitudinal studies of childhood antecedents of adult mental ill-health.


  • –present
    Professor of psychiatry , Queen Mary University of London