Dr Philip Shaw announced as new Director of King’s Maudsley Partnership

We are delighted to announce that Dr Philip Shaw has been appointed Director of the KMPCYP and will take up the role from October 2024.

By Matthew Farrand · November 15, 2023

Portrait of Dr. Shaw
Dr Philip Shaw

As Director of the KMPCYP, Dr Shaw will be responsible for driving clinical and research excellence to improve outcomes for children and young people at our new state of the art Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young People on the Maudsley Denmark Hill Campus. The work undertaken at the centre will benefit local communities with impact nationally and globally. Dr Shaw was interviewed in a process that included input from a panel of young people.

Dr Shaw trained as a psychiatrist at the Maudsley, has been a lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the New Childrens’ Hospital in Sydney, Australia. He is a member of both the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and currently a Senior Investigator at the Neurobehavioral Clinical Research Section of the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States. His key interest is in the genetic and environmental factors that influence the development of brain and behaviour and is both a researcher and a clinician who works with families.

“I am thrilled to be joining the KMPCYP next year and to have the opportunity to lead a centre of such significance and potential. I look forward immensely to working with research and clinical colleagues and those who receive care at the Pears Maudsley Centre, their families and the local community. As a psychiatrist working with children and families in the clinic as well as having researched ADHD for many years, the chance to investigate, develop and offer new, and potentially life-changing interventions for young people is the driving force behind my work. By bringing together young people, their families, clinicians and researchers, we aim to gain a deeper understanding of challenges to mental health, and to provide innovative, effective new treatments and approaches to care.”

Dr Philip Shaw, Director of the King’s Maudsley Partnership

The KMP is a unique partnership between South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, with Maudsley Charity as its charity partner, that will see researchers and clinicians working more closely together to find new ways to predict, prevent and treat mental health disorders for children and young people, and maximise translation of research and evidence into improved services, locally but also nationally and globally. It will have its home at the new Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young People, a £70m purpose-built centre that will include an in-patient adolescent unit, and a child and family friendly research facility with cutting-edge imaging methods, virtual reality and a digital lab. The centre has been designed with input from young people and their families alongside clinicians and researchers to provide and a welcoming and therapeutic environment conducive to clinical research and clinical excellence.