Dr Christos Kouimtsidis – Profile

Dr Christos KouimtsidisI graduated from the medical school of Thessaloniki Greece in 1990. In 1994 I moved to the UK to continue my basic psychiatric training at Guy’s and St Thomas’s University Hospitals in London and was awarded my MRCPsych (basic psychiatric training) in 1997. Then I moved to the department of Addictive Behaviour at St George’s Medical School to continue my higher training in adult psychiatry and substance misuse. I started working as a Consultant Psychiatrist in the National Health Services in 2002. Together with various teams I have received awards in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009 (best employee), 2011, 2015 (HSJ Clinical Research Impact) and 2016 (leader award). In 2016 I also received the FRCPsych recognition by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. I started my private work at the London Psychiatry Centre in 2012.

My academic career started with my MSc in psychological medicine at the University of London in 1996, where I started my training in psychodynamic therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Then I had a 1 year post membership research fellowship at United Medical Schools. During my training years at St George’s University Medical School, I participated in my first major research grant on the use of CBT in opioid substitution treatment and started my PhD on CBT models and concepts in addiction (completed at King’s College London in 2009). My academic career continued with Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer positions at St George’s Medical School, King’s College London, University College London and since 2016 at Imperial College London.

My main research interest is psychological interventions and hybrid models in addiction, the effect of alcohol detoxifications on the brain and alcohol clinical interventions for special populations. I have published more than 50 peer reviewed papers and several invited papers and book chapters. I am also the lead author of the books “Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in The Treatment of Addiction: A Treatment Planner for Clinicians”, 2007 and “A Manual for Extended Brief Intervention for Alcohol Misuse by People with Learning Disabilities”, 2017.