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Dr Paul A Moran  MB BS BSc MSc MD MRCPsych
Clinical Senior Lecturer
Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist

tel0207 848 0150

Institute of Psychiatry
Box  P028
De Crespigny Park
United Kingdom, SE5 8AF

location David Goldberg Centre
departmentsHealth Service and Population Research
alsoCentre for Public Mental Health

activities and interests


I conduct research into the epidemiology and treatment of personality disorders.

Current studies include:

* An MRC-funded clinical trial into the use of joint crisis plans for people with borderline personality disorder.

* Analyses of case register data on the prevalence and correlates of personality disorder in South-East London (funded by SLAM Charitable Foundation).

* The analysis of personality disorder data from the Victoria Adolescent Health Cohort Study (with members of Professor Patton’s group at the University of Melbourne).

* A cohort study of the effect of maternal depression and personality disorder on infant development.

* I have developed the most rapid clinical screen for personality pathology internationally to date (the SAPAS). The SAPAS has been adopted by researchers and clinicians in seven different countries.

• Centre de Psychiatrie et Neurosciences, Paris-Descartes University, France (Professor Gorwood and colleagues)
• Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research, Aarhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark (Dr Hesse and colleagues)
• Centre for Adolescent Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia (Professor Patton and colleagues)
• Centre for Health Equity Studies, CHESS, Stockholm University/ Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden (Professor Vågerö and colleagues)

I am pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students wishing to pursue research in the field of personality disorder.


The public influence of my work relates to my research on personality disorder. I have advised UK government, NHS organizations and the Royal College of Psychiatrists on the development and provision of treatment services for people with personality disorder.

Between 2001-2002 I was a member of the UK Department of Health Advisory Group on services for people with personality disorder.

Between 2006 and 2009 I was a member of the NICE Guidelines Development Group on the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. Published articles on which I was lead author were cited in the guideline.

In 2008 I was a member of the UK government FORESIGHT advisory group on Mental Capital and wrote the chapter on personality disorder (2008)

My published work has been cited by:

• The House of Lords

• The House of Commons

• The Select Committee on Home Affairs

• Department of Health commissioning guidance for personality disorder services (2009)

• Northern Ireland Personality Disorder Strategy (2010)

• National Institute for Mental health in England (2003) guidance: The personality disorder capabilities framework


I am Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist to a multidisciplinary team specialising in the long-term management of patients who engage in repetitive self-harm. The service uses an innovative harm reduction approach to the management of self-harm. The work of the service was featured in a 2009 BBC documentary, ‘A World of Pain: Meera Syal on Self-Harm’.


1985-1991 Medical Training, St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College, London
1988: Intercalated BSc in Psychology, University College London

1992-2001 Maudsley & Bethlem Royal Hospitals
1996 MRCPsych 1996
2001 CCST (General Adult Psychiatry)
2006 Accredited member of Association for Cognitive
Analytic Therapy

1999-2000 London School of Hygiene (MSc in Epidemiology, Distinction)
2002 MD (University of London)


Selected peer reviewed papers

Moran, P. (1999) The epidemiology of antisocial personality disorder. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology. 34, 231-242

Moran, P., Jenkins R., Tylee, A., Blizard, R., Mann, A. (2000). The Prevalence of Personality Disorder Amongst UK Primary Care Attenders. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. 101, 1-6.

Mann, A & Moran, P. (2000) Personality Disorders: a critique of the term as a basis for action. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry. 11(1), 11-16.

Moran, P., Rendu, A., Jenkins, R., Tylee, A., Mann, A. (2001) The impact of personality disorder in UK primary care: a one-year follow-up of attenders. Psychological Medicine, 31, 1447-1454.

Rendu, A., Moran, P., Patel, A., Knapp, M., Mann, A. (2002) The economic impact of personality disorders in UK primary care attenders. British Journal of Psychiatry, 181, 62-66.

Moran, P. & Mann, A. (2002) The prevalence and one-year outcome of Cluster B personality disorders in primary care. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, 13(3), 527-537.

Moran, P. (2002) Dangerous Severe Personality Disorder – bad tidings from the UK. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 48 (1), 6-10.

Moran, P., Walsh, E., Tyrer P., Burns, T., Creed, F., Fahy, T. (2003) The impact of co-morbid personality disorder on violence in psychosis – data from the UK700 trial. British Journal of Psychiatry, 182, 129-134.

Moran, P., Walsh, E., Tyrer., Burns, T., Creed, F., Fahy, T. (2003) Does co-morbid personality disorder increase the risk of suicidal behaviour in psychosis? Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 107(6), 441-448.

Moran, P., Leese, M., Lee, T., Walters, P., Thornicroft, G., Mann, A. (2003). The Standardised Assessment of Personality – abbreviated scale (SAPAS): preliminary validation of a brief screen for personality disorder. British Journal of Psychiatry, 183(3), 228-232.

Walsh, E., Moran, P., Scott, C., Walsh, E., Moran, P., Scott, C., et al. (2003) Violent victimisation and severe mental illness. British Journal of Psychiatry, 183(3), 233-238.

Walters, P., Moran, P., Choudhury, P., & Mann, A. (2004) A comparison of informant and patient accounts of personality disorder. International Methods of Psychiatric Research, 13(1), 34-39.

de Wet, C.J., Reed, L., Glasper, A., Moran, P., Bearn, J., Gossop, M. (2004) Benzodiazepine co-dependence exacerbates the opiate withdrawal syndrome. Drug and Alcohol Dependence,76, 31-35

Coffey, C., Wolfe, R., Lovett, A., Moran, P., Cini, E., Patton, G.C. (2004) Predicting death in young offenders: a retrospective cohort study. Australian Medical Journal,181, 473-477

Moran P & Hodgins S (2004) The correlates of co-morbid antisocial personality disorder in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin. 30(4), 791-802.

Thomas S, Leese M, Walsh E, McCrone P, Moran P, et al (2005). Predicting violence in psychotic community patients 1: a comparison of statistical models. Comprehensive Psychiatry. 46 (4), 296-303.

Dean, K., Walsh, E., Moran P, Creed F, Byford S, Murray R, Fahy T (2006). Violence by women with psychosis in the community: a prospective study. British Journal of Psychiatry. (2006) 188, 264-270.

Torres, A.R., Moran, P., Bebbington, P. et al (2006). Obsessive-compulsive disorder and personality disorder: evidence from the British National Survey of Psychiatric Morbidity 2000. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology. 41 (11) 853-861.

Coid J, Yang M, Roberts A, Ullrich S, Moran P, Bebbington P, Brugha T, Jenkins R, Farrell M, Lewis G, Singleton N. (2006) Violence and Psychiatric Morbidity in a National Household Population - A Report from the British Household Survey. American Journal of Epidemiology. 64(12):1199-208.

Hill R, Moran, P, Cooper W, Bearn J (2006). Early childhood maladjustment and compliance with inpatient drug detoxification treatment. Journal of Substance Use. 11(4): 283–289

Coid J, Yang M, Roberts A, Ullrich S, Moran P, Bebbington P, Brugha T, Jenkins R, Farrell M, Lewis G, Singleton N (2006). Violence and Psychiatric Morbidity in the National Household Population of Britain: Public Health Implications. British Journal of Psychiatry. 189, 12-19

Moran P, Coffey C, Mann A, Carlin J, Patton G (2006). Dimensional characteristics of DSM-IV Personality disorders in a large epidemiological sample. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. 13, 233-236

Moran P, Coffey C, Mann A, Carlin J, Patton G (2006). Personality and substance use disorders in young adults. British Journal of Psychiatry. 188, 374-379

Baker M, Slade M, Moran P (2006). The Impact of Personality Disorder on the Service Needs of Psychiatric Inpatients. Psychiatric Services. 57, 538-543

Moran P, Stewart R, Brugha, T, Bebbington P, Bhugra D, Jenkins R, Coid J. (2007) Personality disorder and cardiovascular disease: results from a national household survey. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry; 68;1:69-74

Degenhardt L, Coffey C, Carlin J, Moran P, Patton, G (2007). The predictors and consequences of adolescent amphetamine use: findings from the Victorian Adolescent Health Cohort Study. Addiction. 102; 1076-1084

Hayward M & Moran P (2007). Personality disorder and pathways to in-patient psychiatric care. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology 42(6), 502-506.

Lee, W, Bindman J, Ford T, Glozier N, Moran P, Stewart R, Hotopf M. (2007) Bias in psychiatric case-control studies: A systematic review of current practice. British Journal of Psychiatry. 190, 204-209

Dean K, Moran P, Fahy T, Tyrer P, Leese M, Creed F, Burns T, Murray R (2007) Predictors of violent victimization amongst those with psychosis. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. 116 (5); 343-353

Degenhardt L, Coffey C, Carlin J, Moran P, Patton, G (2007). Who are the new amphetamine users? A ten year prospective study of young Australians. Addiction. 102, 1269-1279 (IF= 4.088)

Crawford M, Price K, Rutter D, Moran P, Tyrer P, Bateman A, Fonagy P, Gibson S, Weaver T (2008). Dedicated community-based services for adults with personality disorder: Delphi study. British Journal of Psychiatry 193 (4).

Moran P, Ford T, Butler G, Goodman R (2008). Callous and unemotional traits in children and adolescents living in Great Britain. British Journal of Psychiatry. 192, 65 - 66.

Crawford MJ, Price K, Gordon F, Josson M, Bateman A, Fonagy P, Tyrer P, Moran P. (2009) Engagement and retention in specialist services for people with personality disorder. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. 119, 304-311

Lee T, McLean D, Moran P, Jones H, Kumar A (2008) A pilot personality disorder outreach service: development, findings and lessons learnt. Psychiatric Bulletin. 32 (4); 127-130.

Germans S, Van Heck G, Moran P, Hodiamont P (2008). The self-report Standardized Assessment of Personality- Abbreviated Scale: Preliminary results of a brief screening test for personality disorders. Personality and Mental Health 2: 70-76

Coid J, Yang M, Ullrich S, Roberts A, Moran P, Bebbington P, Brugha T, Jenkins R, Farrell M, Lewis G, Singleton N, Hare R (2009). Psychopathy among prisoners in England and Wales. International Journal of Law & Psychiatry. 32, 134-141.

Coid J, Yang M, Bebbington P, Moran P, Brugha T, Jenkins R, Farrell M, Singleton N, Ullrich S (2009). Borderline personality disorder: health service use and social functioning among a national household population. Psychological Medicine. Oct;39(10):1721-31

Borschmann R & Moran P. Crisis management in borderline personality disorder. International Journal of Social Psychiatry. IN PRESS.

Conroy S, Marks M, Schacht R, Davies, H, Moran P. The relative impact of maternal personality disorder and depression on infant care practice. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology. IN PRESS.

Fortune Z, Rose D, Crawford M, Slade M, Spence R, Mudd D, Barrett B, Coid J, Tyrer P, Moran P. An evaluation of new services for personality-disordered offenders: staff and service user perspectives. International Journal of Social Psychiatry. IN PRESS.

Moran P, Klinteberg B, Batty GD, Vagero D. Childhood intelligence predicts hospitalisation with personality disorder in adulthood – evidence from a population-based study in Sweden. Journal of Personality Disorders. IN PRESS.

Coid J, Moran P, Bebbington P, Brugha T, Jenkins R, Farrell M, Lewis G, Singleton N, Ullrich S. The co-morbidity of personality disorder and clinical syndromes in prisoners. Criminal Behaviour & Mental Health. IN PRESS.

Nicholas H, Moran P, Lovestone S, Boothby H. Are abnormal premorbid personality traits associated with Alzheimer’s disease? - A case-control study. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. IN PRESS

Moran P, Rowe R, Flach C, Briskman J, Ford T, Scott S, Maughan B, Goodman R. The predictive value of callous-unemotional traits in a large community sample. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. IN PRESS.

Rowe R, Maughan B, Moran P, Ford T, Briskman J, Goodman R. The Role of Callous and Unemotional Traits in the Diagnosis of Conduct Disorder. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry. IN PRESS.

Gorwood P, Rouillon F, Even C, Falissard B, Corruble E, Moran P. Treatment response in major depression: the effects of personality dysfunction and prior depression. British Journal of Psychiatry. IN PRESS.


Moran, P. (1999) Antisocial personality disorder: an epidemiological perspective. London: Gaskell.

Other publications
1. Moran, P. (1999) Should Psychiatrists Treat Personality Disorders? Maudsley Discussion Paper No. 7. Institute of Psychiatry.


2. Moran, P (2000). Assessment of personality. Chapter in: Goldberg D & Murray R (Eds.) The Maudsley Handbook.
3. Moran, P. (2002) The Epidemiology of Personality Disorders. Psychiatry. 1(1), 8-11.
4. Moran, P. (2002) The Prevalence and One-Year Outcome of Personality Disorder in Primary Care. MD thesis. University of London.
5. Moran, P. (2003) The Epidemiology of Personality Disorders. Key text in: Personality Disorder: no longer a diagnosis of exclusion. Policy implementation guidance for the development of services for people with personality disorder. Department of Health.
6. Moran, P. (2003) Book review of: ‘Personality and Dangerousness: Genealogies of Antisocial Personality’. Psychological Medicine, 33 (3), 566
7. Moran P. (2004) Personality disorder in the community. Psychiatry. 3 (10), 63-66.
8. Moran P. (2005) Developments in the epidemiological study of personality disorders. Psychiatry. 4(3), 4-7.
9. Moran P, Hayward M (2007) Personality disorders. Psychiatry. 6 (9), 385-389

last updated: Thursday, October 13, 2011