Dr Nick Medford


Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry

Area of Expertise:

Clinical neuropsychiatry; Functional neuroimaging

Research Area(s):

Imaging, Neuroscience, Psychiatry

Dr Nick Medford

+44 (0)1273 877700


Christina Lee
+44 (0) 1273 873833

Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre (CISC)
, Rm 8,
Brighton & Sussex Medical School, BN1 9RR



Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry, BSMS 2008-present

Clinical Lecturer in Neuropsychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, London 2004-2008

Wellcome Clinical Research Fellow, Institute of Psychiatry, London 2001-2004

Clinical training posts in Psychiatry, Maudsley Hospital, London 1998-2001

Clinical training posts in medicine and neurology, various hospitals 1994-1998


BSc (Psychology, intercalated) First Class, University of London, 1990

MBBS, Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, University of London, 1993

Research focus

I am interested in the phenomenology of psychiatric symptoms and subjective experience in healthy and pathological mental states, and how these relate to neurobiology and psychophysiology. My research uses functional MRI and other biological methods to study the biological substrates of anomalous experience. In particular I am interested in dissociative symptoms, such as depersonalization and dissociative motor (‘conversion’) disorders.

Current research

  • Research on the role and relevance of dissociative symptoms in the early stages of psychosis, using fMRI to explore the biological correlates of anomalous self-experience
  • Using virtual reality paradigms in the scanner to induce changes in the ‘sense of presence’ and examine the brain changes associated with these
  • Exploring the psychological and neurobiological effects of transient hyperammonemia in healthy individuals, using a combination of functional and quantitative MRI and cognitive tasks
  • Service-oriented research on the clinical neuropsychiatry service based at Hurstwood Park Neurosciences Centre, for which I am the clinical lead

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