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Professor Louise M Howard  BSc MSc MPhil PhD MRCP MRCPsych
Professor in Women's Mental Health
Head of Section of Women's Mental Health & Honorary Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist

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Institute of Psychiatry
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De Crespigny Park
United Kingdom, SE5 8AF

location H3.10
David Goldberg Centre
departmentsHealth Service and Population Research
alsoCentre for Innovation and Evaluation in Mental Health


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Professor Louise M Howard
Howard,Louise_140x180px H3.10 David Goldberg Centre
Institute of Psychiatry
Box P031?De Crespigny Park
SE5 8AF?
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 5061?
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7277 1462?


Professor Howard studied medicine at University College London and completed an intercalated BSc in Psychology before finishing her undergraduate studies in 1988. She trained in general medicine in Bloomsbury obtaining the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 1991. After a year as a psychiatry trainee at St George’s Hospital Medical School, she came to the Maudsley Hospital in 1992.

After completing her general psychiatric training and obtaining the MRCPsych she obtained a Wellcome Trust Health Services Research Training Fellowship in perinatal psychiatry. She studied for an MSc in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and then studied for a PhD on the outcome of pregnancy in women with severe mental illness; this work was awarded the Association of European Psychiatrists Research Prize in 2004. She has also been awarded the Institute of Psychiatry Dennis Hill Prize (1996) and the Royal College of Psychiatrists Bronze Medal research prize (1997). She was appointed Senior Lecturer in 2004, promoted to a Reader in Women’s Mental Health in 2008 and to Professor in Women’s Mental Health in 2010.

She is currently Chair of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence Guideline Development Group (update) on Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health, site on the Executive Committee of the Perinatal Section of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and is a member of the International Editorial Board of Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences. She is Head of the Section of Women’s Mental Health at the Health Service and Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.

teaching activities

Dr Howard teaches medical students, midwives and postgraduate students including psychiatric trainees, nurses, obstetricians and GPs. Areas of teaching include research methodology, perinatal mental health, domestic violence and interdisciplinary communication skills.

She currently has 5 PhD students.

She is a lecturer on several MSc courses at the IoP, teaches MRCPsych students about perinatal psychiatry and domestic violence and offers medical students the opportunity to carry out a project in women’s mental health as part of the SSC:Psychiatry Research: advances, controversies, and challenges. Research electives are also available for medical students

Mental Health Studies » Masters (MSc)
Mental Health Service and Population Research » Masters (MSc)
Maudsley Training Programme » MRCPsych
Mental Health Services Research: Theory to Practice » Summer School


Molyneaux E, Poston L, Howard LM. Obesity and mental disorders during pregnancy and postpartum: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Obstetrics & Gynecology Online first DOI:10.1097/AOG.0000000000000170

Buller A, Devries K, Howard LM, Bachus L. Associations between Intimate Partner Violence and Health among Men Who Have Sex with Men: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Plos Med 4 March 2014 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001609

N Glangeaud, A Sutter, Howard LM. Treatment - Mother-Infant inpatient units Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology Jan 2014 28 147-57.

Lydsdottir LB, Howard LM, Olafsdottir H, Thome M. The mental health characteristics of pregnant women with depressive symptoms identified by the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. J Clin Psychiatry On Line first

Oram S, Khalifeh H, Trevillion K, Feder G, Howard LM. Systematic review and meta-analysis of psychiatric disorder and the perpetration of partner violence. Epidemiol Psych Sci Aug 20:1-16 2013

Jeffery D, Clement S, Corker E, Howard LM, Murray J, Thornicroft G. Discrimination in relation to parenthood reported by community psychiatric service users in the UK: a framework analysis. BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:120 doi:10.1186/1471-244X-13-120

Howard LM, Oram S, Galley H, Trevillion K, Feder G. Domestic violence and perinatal mental health: systematic review and meta-analysis. Plos Med 2013;10(5):e1001452

Jonas S, Bebbington P, Khalifeh H, McManus S, Brugha T, Meltzer H, Howard LM. Intimate partner violence and psychiatric disorder in England: Results from the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey. Epidemiol Psych Sci June 2013, 1-11

Oram S, Flynn S, Appleby L, Shaw J, Howard LM. Mental disorder and domestic homicide: a population-based descriptive study. Psychiatric Services In Press

Trevillion K, Byford S, Cary M, Rose D, Oram S, Feder G, Agnew-Davies R, Howard LM. Linking Abuse and Recovery through Advocacy: an observational study. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences. 2013 Apr 30:1-15.

Turner-Moss E, Zimmerman C, Howard LM, Oram S. Labour exploitation and health: a case series of men and women seeking post-trafficking services. J Immigrant Minority Hlth 2013 May 7. Epub ahead of print

Dolman C, Jones I, Howard LM. A systematic review and meta-synthesis of the experience of motherhood in women with severe mental illness. Archives of Women’s Mental Health 2013 Jun;16(3):173-96

Jahanfar S, Janssen PA, Howard LM, Dowswell T. Interventions for preventing or reducing domestic violence against pregnant women. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD009414. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009414.pub2.

Oram S, Trevillion K, Feder G, Howard LM. Systematic review of the prevalence of domestic violence amongst psychiatric populations. British Journal of Psychiatry 2013, 202:94-99.

Howard LM, Bekele D, Rowe M, Demilew J, Bewley S, Marteau TM. Smoking cessation in pregnant women with mental disorders: a cohort and nested qualitative study. BJOG. 2013 120(3):362-70. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.12059

McColl H, Dhillon M, Howard LM. A systematic review of the nutritional status of pregnant women with severe mental illness. Archives of Women’s Mental Health 2013 16(1):39-46

Trevillion K, Oram S, Feder G, Howard LM. Experiences of Domestic Violence and Mental Disorders: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLoS One 7(12): e51740. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0051740

Oram S, Stockl H, Busza J, Howard LM, Zimmerman C. Systematic review of the prevalence and risk of violence and the physical, mental and sexual health problems associated with human trafficking. Plos Med 2012 9(5): e1001224. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001224

Page L, Hajat R, Kovats S, Howard LM. Temperature-related Deaths in People with Severe Mental Illness. British Journal of Psychiatry 2012 200, 485–490.

Semrou M, Howard LM, Thornicroft G. The Development and Psychometric Properties of the Humanitarian Emergency Settings Perceived Needs (HESPER) Scale. American Journal of Public Health. 2012;102:e55–e63. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.300720

van Nieuwenhuizen A, Henderson C, Kassam A, Graham T, Murray J, Howard LM, Thornicroft G. Emergency department staff views and experiences on diagnostic overshadowing related to people with mental illness. Epidemiol Psychiatr Sci 2012 Oct 17:1-8. [Epub ahead of print]

Howard LM. Domestic violence: its relevance to psychiatry. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment 2012 18:129-136

Lawlor C, Johnson S, Cole L, Howard LM. Ethnic variations in pathways to acute care and compulsory detention for women experiencing a mental health crisis. Int J Soc Psychiatry. 2012 Jan;58(1):3-15 doi: 10.1177/0020764010382369

Howard LM, Flach C, Mehay A, Sharp D, Tylee A. The prevalence of suicidal ideation identified by the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale in postpartum women in primary care: findings from the RESPOND trial. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2011, 11:57 doi:10.1186/1471-2393-11-57

Flach C, Leese M, Heron J, Evans J, Feder G, Sharp D, Howard LM. Antenatal Domestic Violence, maternal mental health and Subsequent Child Behaviour. BJOG 2011; Volume 118, Issue 11, pages 1383–1391.

Collins C, Zimmerman C, Howard LM. Refugee, asylum seeker, immigrant women and postnatal depression: rates and risk factors. Archives Women’s Mental Health 2011 14:3–11.

Rose D, Trevillion K, Woodall A, Morgan C, Feder G, Howard LM. Barriers and Facilitators of Disclosures of Domestic Violence by mental health service users: a qualitative study. British Journal of Psychiatry 2011 198:189-94.

Sharp DJ, Chew-Graham CA, Tylee A, Lewis G, Mulligan J, Howard LM, et al. A pragmatic randomised controlled trial to compare antidepressants with a community based psychosocial intervention for the treatment of women with moderate postnatal depression: The RESPOND trial. Health Technol Assess 2010;14(43)

Howard LM, Flach C, Leese M, Byford S, Killaspy H, Cole L, Lawlor C, Betts J, Cutting P, McNicholas S, Sharac J, Johnson S. The effectiveness and cost effectiveness of admissions to women’s crisis houses compared with traditional psychiatric wards – a pilot patient preference randomized controlled trial. Br J Psychiatry August 2010 197: s32-s40.

Howard LM, Barley E, Rigg A, Davies E, Lempp H, Rose D, Taylor D, Thornicroft G. Cancer diagnosis in people with severe mental illness: practical and ethical issues raised. The Lancet Oncology 2010 11, 8, August, 797-804

Bick D, Howard LM. When should women be screened for postnatal depression? Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics 2010 10(2); 151-154.

Howard LM, Trevillion K, Khalifeh H, Woodall A, Agnew-Davies R, Feder G. Domestic violence and severe psychiatric disorders: prevalence and interventions. Psychological Medicine June 2010 40, 881–893.

Elkin A, Gilburt H, Slade M, Lloyd-Evans B, Gregoire A, Johnson S, Howard LM. A national survey of psychiatric mother and baby units in England. Psychiatr Serv 2009 May;60(5):629-33.

Melchoir M, Caspi A, Howard LM, et al. The mental health context of food insecurity in Britain: a representative cohort of families with young children. Pediatrics 2009 Oct;124(4):e564-72.

Howard LM, Leese M, Byford S, Killaspy H, Cole L, Lawlor C, Johnson S. Methodological challenges in evaluating the effectiveness of women’s crisis houses compared with psychiatric wards; findings from a pilot patient preference RCT. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 2009 Oct;197(10):722-7.

Howard LM, de Salis I, Tomlin Z, Thornicroft G, Donovan J. Why is recruitment difficult? An investigation into recruitment difficulties during an RCT of supported employment for patients with severe mental illness. Contemporary Clinical Trials, January 2009 30(1):40-46.

last updated: Wednesday, May 15, 2013