She has also worked over the same time as a Consultant at the Maudsley Hospital, where she continues to hold an honorary position.
Dr Heyman was awarded Royal College of Psychiatrists - Psychiatrist of the Year 2015.
"I have a particular commitment to the detection and treatment of emotional and behavioural problems in children who also have long-term physical health problems, such as epilepsy. Psychiatric problems can often be easily treated, leading to greatly improved quality of life."
All aspects of severe and complex child mental health problems are seen by the Psychological Medicine team, in particular:
the mental health needs of children with long-term illness
medically unexplained symptoms and conversion disorders
obsessive compulsive disorder
directing children and families to our Intervention Service
Qualifications and training
- BSc, MBBS, PhD, FRCPsych
Dr Heyman’s first degree was in pharmacology. She then trained in medicine at University College London.
After working in general medicine and neurology posts, she trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital. She completed a PhD in developmental neurobiology at the Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, King’s College London, and then returned to the Institute of Psychiatry as Lecturer and to complete higher specialist training in child and adolescent psychiatry.
In 1998, Dr Heyman founded the first UK specialist clinic for young people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related difficulties, and became liaison psychiatrist to the epilepsy surgery program at GOSH, and clinical lead for the Tourette Syndrome clinic.
She represents neuropsychiatry on the Council of the British Paediatric Neurology Association, and advises nationally and internationally on child psychiatric practice.
Dr Heyman has active research programs in developmental neuropsychiatry, epilepsy, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and Tourette syndrome.
She is grant holder and principle investigator on treatment trials and a collaborator in international studies. She has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, as well as book chapters and reviews.
For further information about Dr Heyman, please see her profile on the ICH website.