Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Professor Hamish McAllister-Williams

Professor of Affective Disorders



B.Sc. 1984. Pharmacology, University of Edinburgh

M.B., Ch.B. 1987. University of Edinburgh

Ph.D. 1993. Neuropharmacology, University of Edinburgh

M.R.C.Psych. 1995

M.D. 2004. Newcastle University

F.R.C.Psych. 2007


Previous Positions

1988 - 1992: Wellcome Clinical Research Fellow, Department of Pharmacolgy, University of Edinburgh.

1992 - 1994: SHO, Lothian Psychiatric Training Rotation.

1994 - 1995: Registrar, South East Scotland Psychiatric Training Rotation.

1995 - 1999: Clinical Lecturer in Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.


Member of the British Medical Association.
Member of the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland.
Member of the British Association for Psychopharmacology.
Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Member of the British Neuroscience Association.
Member of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology.
Member of the Society for Biological Psychiatry

Roles and Responsabilities

1998 - present:   Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, Regional Affective Disorders Service, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust 

2000 – 2003:      Royal College of Psychiatrists, EMI Working Group.

2000 – Present: Executive Committee Member, Special Interest Group in Psychopharmacology, Royal College of Psychiatrists.

2000 - 2006:      Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland Mental Health (NHS) Trust, Drugs and Therapeutics Committee (Vice-Chairman from 2002 and Chair from 2004).

2001 - 2005:      Newcastle and North Tyneside Health Authority, Protocol Steering Group.

2001 - 2005:      Academic Secretary, Royal College of Psychiatrist, Northern and Yorkshire Division.

2002 - 2005:      Medical Research Council Advisory Board

2002:                  Health Service Ombudsman External Clinical Assessor

2003 - 2004:       Programme Director for Royal College of Psychiatrists Annual Meeting 2004

2004 – 2007:      Elected Council Member, British Association of Psychopharmacology

2005 - 2009:      Academic Secretary, Faculty of General and Community Psychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists

2007 – 2008:     Chair, Medicines Management Committee, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Trust

2007 – 2011:     Honorary General Secretary and Education Officer, British Association for Psychopharmacology

2007 – Present: General Adult Psychiatry Higher Training Sub-Committee, Northern Deanery

2007 – Present: Ethics Committee, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University

2007 – Present: Module Organiser, Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychiatric Illness, M.Res. Degree, Newcastle University

2008 – Present: Member, Mental Health Research Network Industry Adoption Committee

2008- Present: Member steering group Prescribing Observatory in Mental Health-UK Lithium audit

2008 – 2009:     Member National Specialist Commissioning Definition Sets Working Group – Lead on Complex and Treatment Refractory Mental Illnesses

2009 – 2010:     Royal College of Psychiatrists representative on a range of NICE HTAs

2010 – 2011:     Member, MRC Panel of Medical Research Foundation's mental Health Clinical research training fellowship programme

2010-Present:  Member, Organising Committee, Royal College of Psychiatrists’ International Congress: Brighton 2011; Liverpool 2012

2010-Present:  Associate Editor, Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology

2011- Present: Member, European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Membership Committee 


Research Interests

My interests are in the pathophysiology and treatment of affective disorders. In particular I am interested in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and the serotonergic system. I utilise a number of EEG techniques including cognitive event related potential recordings to study the neuropsychological impairment in psychiatric illness. In addition I have developed a putative method for examing serotonergic function in man that has been utilised to study depressed patients and the effects of cortisol on serontonergic function in healthy subjects.


I have previously been supported through a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellowship and an MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship. I have had grants from the Nuffield Foundation, Newcastle University Hospital Special Trustess and Industry.