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Professor Martin J Prince  MD MSc FRCPsych
Professor of Epidemiological Psychiatry
Co-Director KHP/ LSHTM Centre for Global Mental Health

Head of HSPRD Centre for Public Mental Health

Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, King's College Hospital

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David Goldberg Centre
departmentsHealth Service and Population Research
Health Service and Population Research (IRG)
International Mental Health
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Martin Prince is Professor of Epidemiological Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. He is the Co-Director (with Vikram Patel) of the new KHP/ LSHTM Centre for Global Mental Health. He trained in Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

His main focus is upon mental health priorities in developing countries. In the IoP’s Section of Epidemiology, PhD students from Ethiopia, Pakistan, India, China, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Brazil have studied diverse topics; women’s mental health, maternal depression and infant development, migration, suicide, problem drinking; all of them public health and social priorities for the region concerned. He has coordinated, since 1998 The 10/66 Dementia Research Group, a network of over 100 researchers, mainly from the developing world, who have worked together to promote more good research into dementia in those regions. 10/66 is part of Alzheimer’s Disease International, and a major aim of the group is to disseminate evidence in such a way as to increase awareness of the major problems to be faced now and in the future. Aside from his work in developing countries, Martin coordinates the study of mental and cognitive health in the 10 nation Study of Health and Retirement in Europe, and the UK National Psychiatric Morbidity Survey.

He was a co-editor, with Vikram Patel and Shekhar Saxena, of the Lancet Series on Global Mental Health

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activities and interests

International Mental Health

Dementia in Developing Countries, Post-natal depression, Migration, adolescent health

Instrument development and validation

Particularly culturally sensitive approaches to measuring mental health outcomes

teaching activities


Key publications

1. Global Mental Health
Prince M, Patel V, Saxena S, Maj M, Maselko J, Phillips MR, Rahman A. No health without mental health. Lancet. 2007 Sep 8;370(9590):859-77.

Patel V, Garrison P, de Jesus Mari J, Minas H, Prince M, Saxena S; Advisory group of the Movement for Global Mental Health. The Lancet’s series on global mental health: 1 year on. Lancet. 2008 Oct 11;372(9646):1354-7.

2. Dementia and Ageing in Developing countries
Prince M, Acosta D, Chiu H, Scazufca M, Varghese M, 10/66 Dementia Research Group. Dementia diagnosis in developing countries: A cross-cultural validation study. Lancet. 361(9361): 909-17, March 2003

Llibre Rodriguez JJ, Ferri CP....Prince M; 10/66 Dementia Research Group. Prevalence of dementia in Latin America, India, and China: a population-based cross-sectional survey. Lancet. 2008 Aug 9;372(9637):464-74.

Ferri CP, Prince M et al. One Hundred Years On – Global Prevalence Of Dementia. The Lancet 2006; 366 (9503) 2112-2117

3. Disability
Sousa RM, Ferri CP...Prince M. Contribution of chronic diseases to disability in elderly people in countries with low and middle incomes: a 10/66 Dementia Research Group population-based survey. Lancet. 2009 Nov 28;374(9704):1821-30.

Sousa RM, Dewey ME....Prince MJ. Measuring disability across cultures; the psychometric properties of the WHODAS II in older people from seven low- and middle-income countries. The 10/66 Dementia Research Group population-based survey. Int J Methods Psychiatr Res. 2010 Jan 26.

4. Maternal mental health
Medhin G, Hanlon C, Dewey M, Alem A, Tesfaye F, Worku B, Tomlinson M, Prince M. Prevalence and predictors of undernutrition among infants aged six and twelve months in Butajira, Ethiopia: The P-MaMiE Birth Cohort. BMC Public Health. 2010 Jan 20;10:27.

Hanlon C, Medhin G, Alem A, Tesfaye F, Lakew Z, Worku B, Dewey M, Araya M, Abdulahi A, Hughes M, Tomlinson M, Patel V, Prince M. Impact of antenatal common mental disorders upon perinatal outcomes in Ethiopia: the P-MaMiE population-based cohort study. Trop Med Int Health. 2009 Feb;14(2):156-66.

Ferri CP, Mitsuhiro SS, Barros MC, Chalem E, Guinsburg R, Patel V, Prince M, Laranjeira R. The impact of maternal experience of violence and common mental disorders on neonatal outcomes: a survey of adolescent mothers in Sao Paulo, Brazil. BMC Public Health. 2007 Aug 16;7(1):209

Patel V, Prince M. Maternal Psychological Morbidity and Low Birth Weight in Developing Countries. British Journal of Psychiatry 2006; 188: 284-285

last updated: Thursday, April 01, 2010