Professor Ian Goodyer

Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge


Professor Ian Goodyer is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist pursuing research into the connections between human development and psychopathology. He is particularly interested in the relations between genetics, endocrine physiology and emotion processes. How psychoendocrine processes influence the liability and outcome of emotional and behavioural disorders over the first 2 decades of life is the clinical focus of interest.

Professor Goodyer's studies are centred on children and adolescents in the community as well as current patients and their relatives. The designs involve experimental approaches to measuring feelings and thoughts, salivary analyses of circulating hormones, genetic psychophysiological and neuroimaging techniques of brain-behaviour relationships, these methods and techniques are then used in longitudinal studies and randomised controlled trials.

He collaborates with a number of other research groups in Cambridge including the MRC Cognitive and brain Sciences Unit, Wolfson Brain Imaging Unit, and the Behavioural and clinical Neurosciences Institute; and undertakes randomised controlled trials in children and adolescents with anxiety, depression and conduct disorder. Currently they have a partnership with University College London within in which they run the two largest trials yet conducted in young people. A relapse prevention trial in depressed adolescents (the IMPACT study) and a pragmatic effectiveness trial for children at risk of exclusion from their families because of severe conduct disorder the START trial.