Professor Tamsin Ford

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


Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Cambridge

Tamsin Ford is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge. She is an internationally renowned Child Psychiatric Epidemiologist who researches the organisation, delivery, and effectiveness of services and interventions for children and young people’s mental health.

Her work is inherently translational and cross-disciplinary, and focuses on how to promote mental health, prevent mental ill-health and respond effectively to children and young people who are currently struggling. After completing her PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, she moved to Exeter University Medical School in 2007, where she helped to recruit mental health researchers working across the life-span in addition to developing a thriving Child Mental Health Research Group. In 2019 Tamsin moved to the University of Cambridge.

Tamsin’s research covers the full range of psychopathology and agencies, practitioners and interventions that relate to the mental health of children and young people. Every interaction with a child presents an opportunity to intervene to improve their developmental trajectory. Her work has direct relevance to policy, commissioning and practice. For example, papers relating mental health to exclusion were extensively referenced in the Timpson report (2019) and she lead the clinical rating for the national child mental health survey, which provided child mental health statistics for the NHS Plan. Tamsin has received numerous awards, including a CBE for services to Psychiatry (2019).

  • 21 October 2021, 3pm

    CSaP annual meeting & reception 2021

    On 21 October 2021, CSaP hosted its first in-person networking event since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The annual meeting and reception, held at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, provided an opportunity for 115 public policy professionals, industry leaders, and researchers to meet and share their experiences to improve decision-making.

  • In news articles

    Child development, learning and mental health

    A panel discussion on child development, learning and mental health was chaired by Paul Kett, Director-General for Higher Education and Further Education at the Department of Education, with invited panellists from the University of Cambridge – Sarah Jayne Blackmore, Professor of Psychology and Tamsin Ford, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.