Dr Sarah Curran
MB BCh BAO, PhD, DCH, MRCPCH, MRCPsych, PGCAP
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, St George’s, University of London
Dr Sarah Curran has been a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist since 2000, and has a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Genetic Disorders effecting behaviour and cognition, Anxiety, Depression and other Mood disorders, and Personalised Medicine.
She read Medicine at the University College Cork (National University of Ireland) and worked in Hospital Paediatrics for 5 years during which time she completed the examinations for membership to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Having been intrigued by the complexities of childhood development and behaviour, she decided to become a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist.
She undertook General Psychiatric training at Guy’s and Thomas’ Hospitals, followed by Specialist Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training at the Maudsley and Bethlem Hospitals. During this time, deciphering the genetic architecture of disease was promised through the work of the Human Genome Project and she became interested in using this approach to understand the complex molecular genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders. She was awarded a Clinical Research Training Fellowship by the Wellcome Trust and completed a PhD on the Molecular Genetics of ADHD at King’s College London (KCL). Since that time she has published over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts on the genetics of ASD, ADHD and related conditions. More recently, she has become interested in translating genetic research into clinical practice, using genetic information for Personalised Medicine. Dr Curran continues to have a strong interest in research and collaborates with an international group focused on Psychiatric Genetics.
While at KCL, Dr Curran became interested in Educational theory with respect to Medical Education and undertook a postgraduate teaching qualification (PGCAP). She is actively involved in teaching medical students at St George’s Medical School. Furthermore she is a qualified educational and clinical supervisor for psychiatry trainees. Her special interests, through the Royal College of Psychiatrists, are in Psychopharmacology (medicines for treatment of psychiatric conditions) and Paediatric Liaison (i.e. aspects of mental health in young people related to physical illness).
Currently Dr Curran works as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Honorary Senior Lecturer (St George’s UoL) in Wandsworth CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) and the Specialist Neurodevelopmental Service for SWLSTG NHS Trust.
In her practice, Dr Curran adopts an eclectic approach; drawing on a wide range experience and each new patient is viewed as presenting a unique set of difficulties. Dr Curran works in partnership with the young person, their family and the wider multidisciplinary team to achieve an understanding of their strengths and difficulties and set them on a pathway to full recovery.
Dr Curran adds that in her long career she has found that being a parent (of three children) to be one of her greatest, yet most rewarding, challenges.