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Professor Neil Greenberg

Lead - Clinical Governance, Steering and Advisory Committee

Chair, Royal College of Psychiatrists, SIG in Occupational Psychiatry

Professor Neil Greenberg


Professor Neil Greenberg is a clinical and academic psychiatrist based at King’s College London UK. He is a specialist in adult, occupational and forensic psychiatry. At King’s, Neil chairs the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) Special Interest Group in Occupational Psychiatry, as well as leading on the World Psychiatric Association’s Position Statement on Mental Health in the Workplace.

Neil served in the United Kingdom Armed Forces for more than 23 years deploying as a psychiatrist and researcher in a number of hostile environments including Afghanistan and Iraq having studied medicine at Southampton University and graduated in 1993. He served as a general duties doctor on warships and submarines and with two Royal Marines Commando units. Whilst serving with the Royal Marines he completed his arctic warfare qualification and the All Arms Commando Course, earning the coveted Green Beret.

Neil has provided psychological input for Foreign Office personnel after the events of September 11th 2001 and in Bali after 12th October 2002 bombings and has provided psychological input into the repatriation of UK nationals who have been kidnapped. He assisted with the aftermath management of a number of other significant incidents including assisting the London Ambulance Service in the wake of the London Bombings in 2005 and oil workers after the 2013 Amenas terrorist incident in Algeria. During the 2020/21 Covid-19 crisis, Neil was a member of the Public Health England expert reference panel and has, and continues to advise for the NHS People wellbeing/recovery team. He established the mental health support plan at the London Nightingale Hospital in 2020.

In 2008 he was awarded the Gilbert Blane Medal by the Royal Navy for his work in supporting the health of Naval personnel through his research work. He led the team that won a military-civilian partnership award in 2013 for carrying out research into the psychological health of troops who were deployed and was shortlisted for The RCP Psychiatrist of the Year in 2015. He was awarded an RCP Presidential Medal for his work with trauma and veterans in 2017 and he led the mental health team that won the RCP Team of the Year award for Working Age Adults in 2021.

Neil has published more than 350 scientific papers and book chapters and regularly presents to national and international audiences on matters concerning occupational mental health, the psychological health of Armed Forces personnel and the organisational management of traumatic stress. He has been the Secretary of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the President of the UK Psychological Trauma Society and Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee. He is the current Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Lead for Trauma and the Military and is also a trustee with the Society of Occupational Medicine and Faculty of Occupational Medicine and a principal advisor for Hostage International.

Neil was also part of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence team which produced the 2018 PTSD guidelines, the current benchmark in the UK.

Research Interests
  • Occupational Mental Health

  • Military and Veterans Mental Health

  • Traumatic Stress Management

  • Disaster Mental Health

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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