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Professor and Head of Academic Clinical Psychiatry, University of Sheffield

Peter Woodruff is Professor of Academic Clinical Psychiatry, Director of the Sheffield Cognition and Neuroimaging Laboratory and Deputy Head of the Department of Neuroscience, University of Sheffield. He is Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist for Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust. He completed his medical training in Newcastle Upon Tyne, his psychiatry clinical training at the Maudsley Hospital, London and gained a PhD in Neuroimaging from King’s College London. Following research appointments in Medicine as Assistant Professor at Maryland University, USA and working in Sudan and Egypt (where he described the first case of HIV/AIDS in the Sudan), he began his research career at the Institute of Psychiatry, London, performing neuroimaging studies in schizophrenia and other psychiatric conditions. He studied neuroimaging in the USA, in Baltimore at John Hopkins Hospital, and on a Fulbright Fellowship to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He previously worked as Senior Lecturer, at the Institute of Psychiatry, London and Honorary Consultant in Psychiatric Intensive Care, Maudsley Hospital.

He investigates neuropsychiatric disorder via the neuroscience of perception & social cognition. He uses neuroimaging to identify brain networks central to understanding psychosis and its response to treatments, whether they be antipsychotic medication, psychological interventions or transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).


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    Professor and Head of Academic Clinical Psychiatry, University of Sheffield