Martin Knapp is Professor of Social Policy and Co-Director of LSE Health and Social Care at the London School of Economics. He is also Professor of Health Economics and Director of the Centre for the Economics of Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. Since 2009, he has been Director of the NHIR School for Social Care Research in England.

For many years, Martin has been working in the fields of long-term care, mental health policy and practice, and health and social care policy more generally. Current activities include economic evaluations of a wide range of treatments and other interventions; studies of mental illness prevention and mental health promotion; examination of policies aimed at extending choice to patients and service users; and analyses of financing arrangements in health and social care systems.

He has been adviser on mental health and social care policy to many UK government departments and agencies (including the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, Department of Health, Department for International Development, Department for Work and Pensions, Department for Industry, Universities and Science), various quasi-governmental bodies, research charities, World Health Organization, World Bank and European Commission. From 2006 to 2007, he was Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords EU Select Committee inquiry on mental health.

Scientific publications

Publications include more than 350 articles in peer-review journals, about 150 chapters in edited volumes, 15 books and 4 edited books. Recent publications include:

  1. Adelina Comas-Hererra, Sarah Northey, Raphael Wittenberg, Martin Knapp, Sarmishtha Bhattacharyya and Alistair Burns (2010) Investigating future scenarios about the future prevalence and costs of cognitive impairment in older people, International Psychogeriatrics, forthcoming.
  2. Jose-Luis Fernandez, Julien Forder, Martin Knapp, (2010) Long-term care, in Peter Smith and Sherry Glied (editors) The Oxford Handbook of Health Economics, Oxford University Press, Oxford, forthcoming.
  3. Martin Knapp (2009) Mental well-being of older people: making an economic case (editorial), Australian eJournal for the Advancement of Mental Health, 8(2), 5pp.
  4. Paul McCrone, Sujith Dhanasiri, Anita Patel, Martin Knapp, Simon Lawton-Smith (2008) Paying the Price: The Cost of Mental Health Care in England to 2026, King’s Fund, London.
  5. Martin Knapp and Ami Somani (2008) Long-term care, organization and financing, in Harald Kristian Heggenhougen and Stella Quah (Editors) International Encyclopaedia of Public Health, volume 4, pages 133-141, Elsevier, New York.
  6. Martin Knapp, David McDaid, Elias Mossialos and Graham Thornicroft, editors (2007) Mental Health Policy and Practice across Europe, Open University Press, Buckingham.
  7. Adelina Comas-Herrera, Raphael Wittenberg, Linda Pickard and Martin Knapp (2007) Cognitive impairment in older people: the implications for future demand for long-term care services and their costs, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 22, 1037-1045.
  8. Robert J Howard, Edmund Juszczak, Clive Ballard, Peter Bentham, Richard Brown, Roger Bullock, Alistair Burns, Clive Holmes, Robin Jacoby, Tony Johnson, Martin Knapp, James Lindesay, John O’Brien, Gordon Wilcock, Cornelius Katona, Roy Jones, Julia DeCesare, Michaela Rodger and the CALM-AD Trial Group* (2007) Donepezil for the treatment of agitation in Alzheimer’s disease, New England Journal of Medicine, 357, 1382-1392.
  9. Martin Knapp (2007) Economic outcomes and levers: impacts for individuals and society, International Psychogeriatrics, 19, 483-495.
  10. Martin Knapp, Lene Thorgrimsen, Anita Patel, Aimee Spector, Angela Hallam, Bob Woods and Martin Orrell (2006) Cognitive stimulation therapy for people with dementia: cost-effectiveness analysis, British Journal of Psychiatry, 188, 574-580.