Project Lead: Frank Röhricht

MD FRCPsych;  Consultant Psychiatrist/Associate Medical Director at East London NHS Foundation Trust, London; Honorary Professor University of Essex; Honorary Professor of Psychiatry, St George's Medical School, University of Nicosia, Cyprus

Professional Biography:

  • From 1981 - 1983 community supportworker in a Psychiatric Day Centre for chronic mentally ill patients in Hagen, Germany

  • From 1983 – 1988 employment as part time psychiatric nurse assistant in an acute psychiatric hospital (St. Johannes Hospital in Hagen/Germany)

  • From 1983–1986 trained in Integrative Body Psychotherapy (M. Janssen, Netherlands/ A. Addington, USA); since 1987 working as body psychotherapist in various settings

  • Since 1997 (Nov) to date Consultant Psychiatrist, Newham Community NHS Trust / East London & the City University Mental Health NHS Trust, now East London NHS Foundation Trust

  • From 2000 to 2013 Clinical Director for Adult Mental Healthin Newham

  • From 2013 to present: Associate Medical Director Research & Innovation

Qualifications & Training:

  • Medical Qualification (MBBS equivalent in Germany) in 1990. Frank completed his M.D. in 1995 at Free UniversityBerlin/Germany, (Doctor of Medicine by Thesis): “Body concept and body schema and their relationship with psychopathological symptoms within acute paranoid schizophrenia”

  • Specialist Training in Psychiatry, Neurology and Psychosomatic Medicine from 1990 – 1997 and CCST in Psychiatry July 1997

Memberships and Appointments

  • Since 1998: Member of Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych and FRCPsych

  • From 2000-2010: Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Unit for Social & Community Psychiatry, Queen Mary University of London. Member of the German Association for Psychosomatic Medicine. Chair of the research section of German Association for BodyPsychotherapy (part of European Association of Body Psychotherapy), Patron of the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK.

  • From 2008-2011: Visiting Professor University of Hertfordshire, School of Psychology.

  • Since 2011: Honorary Professor University of Essex, Centre for Psychonanalytic Studies, UK 

  • Since 2012: Honorary Professor of Psychiatry, St George's Medical School, University of Nicosia, Cyprus


Project Manager: Nina Papadopoulos

Senior Dance Movement Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor 

Nina Papadopoulos is a UKCP registered Senior Dance Movement Psychotherapist, Psychologist and Clinical Supervisor working in the National Health Service and in private practice in the United Kingdom.

She works with a diverse range of patients/clients including refugees and others recovering from trauma.

Nina is involved nationally and internationally in the education and training of Dance Movement Psychotherapists.

Over the last 16 years she has been involved in research projects in the National Health Service extending the applications of Dance Movement Psychotherapy to schizophrenia, depression  and somatic symptom disorder/medically unexplained symptoms.  

Professional Association: Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK