Philip Graham

After holding a consultant post in child psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and a senior lectureship at the Institute of Psychiatry, Philip was appointed to the Headship of the Department of Psychological Medicine at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London in 1968. In 1974 he was appointed to the Foundation Chair of Child Psychiatry at the Institute of Child Health. He retired from these posts in 1994. He has published widely both in his own and in related fields. His most recent publication is ‘Men and Sex: A Sexual Script Approach’ (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Among other positions held, he was Co-ordinating Consultant to the WHO Child Mental Health Programme from 1977 to 1984, President of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from 1987 to 1991 and Chair of the National Children’s Bureau from 1994 to 2000. From 1989 he has been Chair of the Mary Kitzinger Trust.


The Philip Graham Lecture, Monday 2nd July, Kennedy Lecture Theatre, UCL Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford St, London WC1N 1EH


This lecture is to honour and celebrate the contribution of Professor Philip Graham who is stepping down from his role as Chair and Trustee of the Mary Kitzinger Trust after 30 years.  The Mary Kitzinger Trust was established with the objective of advancing education, training and research in the psychology of children with visual and/ or other developmental difficulties.  The lecture also recognises his major contribution to the field of childhood mental health and his previous leadership at Great Ormond Street Hospital and UCL Institute of Child Health.

16:00 – 16:30 Tea/ coffee

16.30 Introduction by Professor Rosalind Smyth (Director of UCL ICH)

16.35 Guest speaker:  Professor Stephen Scott CBE FRCPsych FMedSci. Professor of Child Health and Behaviour, Director, National Academy for Parenting Research Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience Kings’s College London and Head, National Conduct Problems & National Adoption and Fostering Services Maudsley Hospital, London UK

Lecture title: “Does attachment security matter in vulnerable children and can we enhance it?”  

Bowlby’s attachment theory has proved to be enormously valuable in infants and infant care. However, in childhood and adolescence, we are on much less certain ground of how to measure attachment and its significance for the young person’s wellbeing. Professor Scott will talk about ground-breaking research on new methods and insights from exploring attachments in primary school aged children and in early adolescence, with focus on abused children taken into foster care.  New insights will be given regarding whether secure attachments can be formed later in childhood and Professor Scott will show a range of interventions that can help enhance attachment security and consider whether they can be extended to different clinical populations such as children with visual or motor impairments like cerebral palsy.

17:30 – 19:00 Drinks in the Winter Garden

The Philip Graham Lecture marks the beginning of our International Conference: Childhood Visual Impairment and Mental Health, see here for details.