Sonia Johnson

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Sonia studied medicine and also did an MSc in Social Psychology at LSE before training as a psychiatrist at the Maudsley. Her first academic post was as a Clinical Lecturer in Community Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry. She then moved to UCL, where she has remained as Senior Lecturer, Reader and now Professor of Social and Community Psychiatry. Her clinical work is as a consultant psychiatrist in the Early Intervention Service for psychosis in Islington, which she helped to set up - currently she specialises in seeing people with early bipolar. She is rather easily distracted by interesting new research topics, and has published on a wide range of areas including crisis and early intervention services, cannabis use in psychosis, women's mental health and employment. Newer interests are in loneliness and in digital mental health. She also is the proud Director of the MSc programme in the UCL Division of Psychiatry, a source of quite a few Elves and others who achieve amazing things. As of 2017 she is Director of the NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit for England.


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How far is evidence-informed policy-making achievable?


On the day that the new Mental Health Act Review report is published, Sonia Johnson and Bryn Lloyd-Evans reflect on the NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit contribution to the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act.

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Research unit to bring evidence to forefront of mental health policy


Today we announce the launch of the new NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit, led by Sonia Johnson from UCL & Paul McCrone from King’s, alongside researchers from City, University of London and Middlesex University.

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