Til Wykes is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. She is an elected Fellow of the Academies of Medical Sciences and Social Sciences as well as the British Psychological Society and the US Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She has been involved in research on rehabilitation for many years both in the development of services, and the development and evaluation of innovative psychological treatments. She is the director of the Centre for Recovery in Severe Psychosis (CRiSP) which has carried out a number of RCTs into the efficacy of Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT), Group Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for voices as well as motivational interviewing techniques in compliance and therapy to reduce the effects of stigmatization. She founded and is now Co-Director of the Service User Research Enterprise (SURE), which employs expert researchers who have experience of using mental health services and encourages consumers of mental health services to become more involved in all the aspects of research from the priorities for funding to the actual design and execution of of research studies.
Til Wykes is the editor of the Journal of Mental Health and was first director of the NIHR Mental Health Research Network which is a Department of Health funded research network responsible for providing the national NHS infrastructure for RCTs and other high quality research studies in mental health. She is now NIHR CRN Senior Spokesperson in Mental Health.
In recognition of her research contributions, her national role as leader of clinical mental health research support and her championing of the involvement of mental health service users, she was awarded the honour of Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2016 New Years Honours.