Welcome to my home page. My name is Simon Wessely and I am a clinical academic at King's College London. I am the Professor of Psychological Medicine here and Vice Dean at the Institute of Psychiatry, which is a School within King's. I am a Consultant Psychiatrist at King's College Hospital and the Maudsley Hospital, all of which are part of our Academic Health Sciences Centre, and where I practice what is known as liaison psychiatry, which is all about the boundaries and overlaps between physical and mental health.
I started my career studying unexplained symptoms and syndromes, and continue to see sufferers from chronic fatigue syndrome in our clinical service. However, these days, my main research interests these days lie in military health and how people and populations react to adversity I am also very involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education.
I have to admit that it has taken me rather a long time to decide to join all my fellow academics who have similar pages. I am not, as my family will confirm, a great one for the internet age. But I think it is worthwhile putting together what it is that I do and have done, if only to make life easier for the next person who has the task of introducing me at a meeting.
So, within this website you will find some biographical details, a list of all my publications with a good selection of PDFs or links to the full publications for those interested, some journalism either by or about me, and one or two essays. What you won’t find is a regular blog, nor a day by day account of my life, which will no doubt come as some relief.