Prof Hugo Critchley

MBChB, DPhil, FRCPsych

Chair in Psychiatry

Co-Director of Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science

Area of Expertise:

Psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, affective neuroscience, autonomic psychophysiology, neuroimaging, neurodevelopmental disorders, consciousness science

Research Area(s):

Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Imaging

Prof Hugo Critchley

+44 (0)1273 873818

+44 (0)1273 678336

Christina Lee
+44 (0) 1273 873833

Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre (CISC), Rm 05, Brighton & Sussex Medical School, BN1 9RR



Chair in Psychiatry, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, 2006-present

Co-director Sackler Centre of Consciousness Science, University of Sussex, 2009-present

Consultant Psychiatrist, Sussex Partnership Foundation, NHS Trust, 2006-present

Wellcome Trust Clinical Senior Fellow, UCL Institute of Neurology, Principal Researcher, Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, Group Leader, UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL, 2004-2006

Consultant Neurospsychiatrist, UCLH National Hospital for Neurology, Clinical Senior Lecturer, UCL Institute of Neurology, London, 2003-2006

Wellcome Clinician Scientist Fellow, UCL Institute of Neurology, 2001-20004

Brain Research Trust Fellow, UCL Institute of Neurology, 1998-2001

Clinical Researcher / Honorary Lecturer in Psychiatry, UCL Institute of Psychiatry, 1996-1998


MRCPsych, Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1997

DPhil (Psychological Studies), University of Oxford, 1996

MBChB (Medicine), University of Liverpool, 1990

BSc (Physiology), University of Liverpool, 1987

Hugo trained in Physiology and Medicine in the University of Liverpool and received his doctorate in Psychological Studies at the University of Oxford. He undertook specialist training in psychiatry at Institute of Psychiatry and Institute of Neurology, in parallel with research fellowships including a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science, awarded 2004. Before his appointment in BSMS, he was a principal investigator at the Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience, UCL Institute of Neurology and group leader at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. Hugo’s research is now funded mainly by European Research Council and the Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation.

Research focus

Psychological medicine, biological psychiatry and neuropsychiatry. Hugo’s research programme examines brain-body interactions, combining human neuroimaging with physiological monitoring and patient studies. The research addresses central autonomic control and interoception relevant to emotion. Through the Sackler Centre of Consciousness Science, the research also applies neural models of consciousness to understanding clinical disorders of mind.

Current research

Cardiac control of fear in the brain (European Research Council Advanced Grant 2013-2017)

Clinical disorders and interoceptive expression of consciousness (via the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science

Neural and autonomic correlates of mind-wandering and perseverative cognition (Collaboration with Dr Cristina Ottaviani, Rome)

Anxiety and mood disorder research (via Mood and Anxiety Research in Sussex (MARS))

Neural basis to psychosis (via Sackler Centre and Sussex psychosis research interest group)

Hypermobility and autonomic hyperreactivity via Dr Jessica Eccles MRC Clinical Training Fellowship and in collaboration with Professor Chris Mathias UCL

Expression of neurodevelopment disorders in adults: including Tourette Syndrome Asperger Syndrome/ Autism and adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (via Neurobehavioral clinic Sussex Partnership NHS Trust and Sackler Centre)


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