Declan  Murphy

Declan Murphy

Professor of Psychiatry and Brain Maturation


Head of Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences

Director of Behavioural and Developmental Clinical Academic Group, Kings Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre

Mortimer D Sackler Professor of Translational and Developmental Neurosciences

Director of Mortimer D Sackler Centre for Translational and Developmental Neurosciences

Head of the Section of Brain Maturation, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London.

Professor Murphy’s main research interest is in the biological determinants of brain development and ageing, and how abnormalities in this process lead to neuropsychiatric disorders.



All publications:


Pretzsch CM, Freyberg J, Voinescu B, Lythgoe D, Horder J, Mendez MA, Wichers R, Ajram L, Ivin G, Heasman M, Edden RAE, Williams S, Murphy DGM, Daly E, McAlonan GM (2019) Effects of cannabidiol on brain excitation and inhibition systems; a randomised placebo-controlled single dose trial during magnetic resonance spectroscopy in adults with and without autism spectrum disorder. Neuropsychopharmacology



Ecker C, Schmeisser MJ, Loth E, Murphy DG (2017) Neuroanatomy and Neuropathology of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Humans. Adv Anat Embryol Cell Biol 224: 27-48


Murphy DG, Goldman M, Loth E, Spooren W (2014) Public-private partnership: a new engine for translational research in neurosciences. Neuron 84: 533-6



Daly EM, Deeley Q, Ecker C, Craig M, Hallahan B, Murphy C, Johnston P, Spain D, Gillan N, Brammer M, Giampietro V, Lamar M, Page L, Toal F, Cleare A, Surguladze S, Murphy DG (2012) Serotonin and the neural processing of facial emotions in adults with autism: an fMRI study using acute tryptophan depletion. Arch Gen Psychiatry 69: 1003-13