Professor Matthew Broome BSc (Hons), MBChB (Hons), PGCAP, PhD, PhD, FRCPsych

Professor Matthew Broome

School of Psychology
Professor of Psychiatry and Youth Mental Health
Director of the Institute for Mental Health

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School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Youth Mental Health - Birmingham HeroesMatthew is an academic psychiatrist and Director of the Institute for Mental Health at the University.  He is a leader in the field of early psychosis and in the philosophy and ethics of mental health.


BSc (Hons), MBChB (Hons), PGCAP, PhD, PhD, FRCPsych

Matthew is medical doctor and who has undertaken postgraduate training in psychiatry.  He works clinically as Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in Birmingham.  Matthew has PhDs in both Psychiatry (neuroimaging and cognitive neuropsychology) and in Philosophy.


Matthew studied as an undergraduate at the University of Birmingham, where he graduated with degrees in Neuropharmacology and in Medicine.  After working as a junior doctor in the University Hospitals in Birmingham, he moved to the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust to undertake training in postgraduate psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, Bethlem Royal Hospital, and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.  After attaining his MRCPsych, Matthew was clinical research fellow and subsequently Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, where he undertook his first PhD. During this time, he helped the development of novel Early Intervention in Psychosis services in South London, and specifically the OASIS service for those who may be in the prodromal phase of illness.


In 2006, Matthew was appointed as Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Warwick and, in 2013, Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychiatry at the University of Oxford.  He remains affiliated to St Hilda’s College and is a Distinguished Research Fellow in the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford.  In 2017, he returned to the University of Birmingham to take up his current post. In parallel to his University role, Matthew is Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist to the East Birmingham Early Intervention in Psychosis service, part of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, and is NIHR CRN West Midlands Clinical Research Lead.


Matthew teaching on the School of Psychology undergraduate Psychology courses and is part of the leadership team for the Institute for Mental Health MSc in Mental Health. He co-leads (with Lisa Bortolotti) the module in the Philosophy and Ethics of Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Postgraduate supervision

Matthew is interested in supervising students in the following areas:

  • Delusions
  • Prodromal Psychosis and the ARMS/UHR
  • Mood instability and dysregulation
  • The relationship between autism and schizophrenia
  • Functional neuroimaging and psychiatry
  • Phenomenological psychopathology
  • Interdisciplinary mental health
  • Philosophy and ethics of mental health

Please contact Matthew directly.

Current Doctoral Research Students

Delfina Bilello

Joseph Houlders 

Aneela Khan

Eugenia Lancellotta

Noorit Larson

Lucy Prior

Rosa Ritunanno

Jess Williams

Post-doctoral Research Fellows

Clara Humpston

Isabel Morales-Munoz


Research interests:

Early psychosis (first episode and prodrome), delusion formation, mood instability, autism and schizophrenia, GABA, psychiatric neuroimaging, phenomenological psychopathology,  philosophy and ethics of mental health, interdisciplinary mental health, youth mental health, medical humanities.

Researcher identifier numbers:
Scopus Author ID: 7006823993

Other activities

Matthew is Deputy Editor of The British Journal of Psychiatry, and editor for the Oxford University Press book series, International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry.

Matthew is an Executive Committee member of the International Association of Youth Mental Health. 


Recent publications


Bilello, D, Townsend, E, Broome, M & Burnett Heyes, S 2024, 'Friendship and self-harm: A retrospective qualitative study of young adults' experiences of supporting a friend who self-harmed during adolescence', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 14, 1221661.

Spencer, L & Broome, M 2023, 'Commentary: Closing the gender gap in depression through the lived experience of young women - a response to 'Don't mind the gap: Why do we not care about the gender gap in mental health?', Patalay and Demkowicz (2023)', Child and Adolescent Mental Health, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 344-346.

The Accelerating Medicines Partnership Schizophrenia, Woods, SW, Parker, S, Kerr, MJ, Walsh, BC, Wijtenburg, SA, Prunier, N, Nunez, AR, Buccilli, K, Mourgues‐Codern, C, Brummitt, K, Kinney, KS, Trankler, C, Szacilo, J, Colton, BL, Ali, M, Haidar, A, Billah, T, Huynh, K, Ahmed, U, Adery, LL, Marcy, PJ, Allott, K, Amminger, P, Arango, C, Broome, MR, Cadenhead, KS, Chen, EYH, Choi, J, Conus, P, Cornblatt, BA, Glenthøj, LB, Horton, LE, Kambeitz, J, Kapur, T, Keshavan, MS, Koutsouleris, N, Langbein, K, Lavoie, S, Diaz‐Caneja, CM, Mathalon, DH, Mittal, VA, Nordentoft, M, Pasternak, O, Pearlson, GD, Gaspar, PA, Shah, JL, Smesny, S, Stone, WS, Strauss, GP, Wang, J, Corcoran, CM, Perkins, DO, Schiffman, J, Perez, J, Mamah, D, Ellman, LM, Albert R. Powers, III, Coleman, MJ, Anticevic, A, Fusar-Poli, P, Kane, JM, Kahn, RS, McGorry, PD, Bearden, CE, Shenton, ME, Nelson, B, Calkins, ME, Hendricks, L, Bouix, S, Addington, J, McGlashan, TH & Yung, AR 2023, 'Development of the PSYCHS: Positive SYmptoms and Diagnostic Criteria for the CAARMS Harmonized with the SIPS', Early Intervention in Psychiatry.

McConnell, D, Broome, M & Savulescu, J 2023, 'Making psychiatry moral again: The role of psychiatry in patient moral development', Journal of Medical Ethics, vol. 49, no. 6, pp. 423-427.

Wheatley, D, Broome, M, Dobbins, T, Hopkins, B & Powell, O 2023, 'Navigating Choppy Water: Flexibility Ripple Effects in the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Future of Remote and Hybrid Working', Work, Employment and Society, pp. 1-24.

Eyden, J, MacCallum, F, Bornstein, MH, Broome, M & Wolke, D 2023, 'Parenting knowledge and parenting self-efficacy of mothers with borderline personality disorder and depression: "I know what to do but think I am not doing it"', Development and Psychopathology.

Broome, MR, Rodrigues, J, Ritunnano, R & Humpston, C 2023, 'Psychiatry as a vocation: Moral injury, COVID-19, and the phenomenology of clinical practice', Clinical Ethics, pp. 1-14.

Spencer, L & Broome, M 2023, 'The epistemic harms of empathy in phenomenological psychopathology', Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.

Shields, GE, Buck, D, Varese, F, Yung, AR, Thompson, A, Husain, N, Broome, MR, Upthegrove, R, Byrne, R & Davies, LM 2022, 'A review of economic evaluations of health care for people at risk of psychosis and for first-episode psychosis', BMC Psychiatry, vol. 22, no. 1, 126.

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Kearney, J, Bryson, JR, Broome, M, Leach, JM, Luiu, C, Pope, F & Radcliffe, J 2024, Shocks, recovery processes and cultivating urban plasticity: a neuroplasticity-informed perspective on urban resilience. in L Andres, JR Bryson, A Ersoy & L Reardon (eds), Pandemic Recovery?: Reframing and Rescaling Societal Challenges. 1 edn, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., pp. 27-41.


Astle, DE, Moore, A, Marryat, L, Viding, E, Mansfield, KL, Fazel, M, Pierce, M, Abel, KM, Green, J, John, A, Broome, MR, Upthegrove, R, Bould, H, Minnis, H, Gajwani, R, Groom, MJ, Hollis, C, Liddle, E, Sayal, K, Berry, V, Collishaw, S, Dawes, H, Cortese, S, Violato, M, Pollard, J, MacCabe, JH, Blakemore, S-J, Simonoff, E, Watkins, E, Hiller, RM, Townsend, E, Armour, C, Geddes, JR, Thompson, L, Schwannauer, M, Nicholls, D, Hotopf, M, Downs, J, Rahman, A, Sharma, AN & Ford, TJ 2023, 'We need timely access to mental health data: implications of the Goldacre review', The Lancet Psychiatry, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 242-244.


Bilello, D, Townsend, E, Broome, MR & Burnett, HS 2023 'Friendship and self-harm: A retrospective qualitative study of young adults’ experiences of supporting a friend who self-harmed during adolescence' PsyArXiv.

Review article

Broeker, MD & Broome, MR 2023, 'Can an algorithm become delusional? Evaluating ontological commitments and methodology of computational psychiatry', Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.

Ritunnano, R, Papola, D, Broome, MR & Nelson, B 2023, 'Phenomenology as a resource for translational research in mental health: Methodological trends, challenges and new directions', Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, vol. 32, e5.

Carr, C, Borges, D, Lewis, K, Heron, J, Wilson, S, Broome, MR, Jones, I, Di Florio, A & Morales-Muñoz, I 2023, 'Sleep and Postpartum Psychosis: A Narrative Review of the Existing Literature', Journal of Clinical Medicine, vol. 12, no. 24, 7550.

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I am a psychiatrist interested in the onset of mental disorders in young people. I have worked largely in the area of early psychosis, and am also interested in mood instability, autism, bullying, suicide and self-harm, and the philosophy and ethics of mental health.

  • Mental illness
  • Mental illness in young people
  • Early psychosis (especially high-risk)
  • Philosophy and ethics in mental health
  • Mood instability
  • Autism
  • Suicide and self-harm
  • Cognitive neuropsychology

Policy experience