Dr Khalid Karim

Associate Professor of Medical Education

School/Department: Leicester Medical School



University of Leicester 1992 intercalated BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences
University of Leicester 1994 MBChB
Initially started a career in paediatrics but the changed to psychiatry to pursue a career in child psychiatry.
MRCPsych in 2001 and was a Clinical Lecturer from 2001-2006
Senior Clinical Academic, University of Leicester from 2006 to present.
Worked in Child Mental Health Research at the Greenwood Institute until 2019
Then move to the School of Medicine in my present role as Associate Professor in medical education.
As a Clinical Academic I am also a Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the NHS specialising in neurodevelopmental disorders such as ASD and ADHD. 
Within Leicester Medical school, I work within the Academic Support Unit, helping medical students optimise their learning, and also on the Masters in Clinical Education
With others we are looking at ways of sustaining student well-being throughout the course. 
I have a specific interest in medical students who have Specific Learning difficulties.


Previous funding
Co-investigator on Cancer Research UK Grant on Adolescent vaping
• Funding of £218000
Co-investigator on Helping non-English speaking families understand Autism.
• Funded Carlton Hayes Charity £12000
Investigator on clinical practice for children with ASD and ADHD
• Funded Leicestershire Partnership Trust Charitable funds £13000
Investigator on Clinical Practice in first assessments in CAMHS
• Funded partly by East Midlands Academic Research Network



O'Reilly, M., Muskett, T., Karim, K. and Lester, J.N., 2020. Parents' constructions of normality and pathology in child mental health assessments. Sociology of health & illness, 42(3), pp.544-564.

Majumder, P., Vostanis, P., Karim, K. and O'Reilly, M., 2018. Potential barriers in the therapeutic relationship in unaccompanied refugee minors in mental health. Journal of Mental Health.

Stafford, V., Hutchby, I., Karim, K. and O'Reilly, M., 2016. 'Why are you here?' Seeking children's accounts of their presentation to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). Clinical child psychology and psychiatry, 21(1), pp.3-18.

O'Reilly, M., Karim, K. and Kiyimba, N., 2015. Question use in child mental health assessments and the challenges of listening to families. BJPsych open, 1(2), pp.116-120.

Majumder, P., O'Reilly, M., Karim, K. and Vostanis, P., 2015. 'This doctor, I not trust him, I'm not safe': The perceptions of mental health and services by unaccompanied refugee adolescents. International journal of social psychiatry, 61(2), pp.129-136.

Hay, A., Majumder, P., Fosker, H., Karim, K., & O'Reilly, M. The views and opinions of CAMHS professionals on their role and the role of others in attending to children who self-harm. Clinical child psychology and psychiatry 2015 20(2) 289-303

Bone, C., O'Reilly, M., Karim, K. and Vostanis, P., 2015. 'They're not witches. 'Young children and their parents' perceptions and experiences of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. Child: care, health and development, 41(3), pp.450-458.

Lester, J.N., Karim, K. and O'Reilly, M., 2014. 'Autism itself actually isn't a disability': Negotiating a 'normal' versus 'abnormal' autistic identity. Communication & medicine, 11(2), p.139.

O'Reilly, M., Karim, K., Stafford, V. and Hutchby, I., 2015. Identifying the interactional processes in the first assessments in child mental health. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 20(4), pp.195-201.

Karim K, Edwards R, Dogra N., Anderson I., Davies T., Lindsay J., Ring H., Cavendish S. The teaching and assessment of undergraduate psychiatry in the medical schools of the United Kingdom and Ireland, Medical Teacher, 2009 31(11): 1024-1029



At present I am unable to supervise PhD students


Current Teaching
MBChB course University of Leicester
• Health Enhancement Module in Phase 1-tutor and lecturer
• Interprofessional Education-tutor
• Child Psychiatry Teaching-phase 2 
• Academic Support Tutor 
o Facilitate learning strategies medical students
o Help with revision techniques
o Developing online material for both students and tutor
• Personal Tutor
Master’s degree in clinical education-University of Leicester
• Module lead for the module on assessment in the Post Graduate Diploma
• Dissertation supervisor 
• Tutor and examiner in other modules

Press and media

Topics for contact:
Neurodevelopmental conditions and co-existing mental health problems
Neurodevelopmental problems such as ASD and ADHD in Students.
ADHD in adults
The academic needs of medical students and relation to stress.
Non research based aspects of child mental health


In have an interest in training to different agencies both statutory and in the voluntary sector in the areas of neurodevelopmental conditions and teaching.
Books and chapters
KarimK, Alvina A, O’Reilly M. A Practical Guide to Mental Health Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Jessica Kingsley Publishers (Lon) 2014
Dogra N, Karim K., Ronzoni P, Chapter 14 Migration and its effect on child mental health, in Migration and Mental Health ed Bhugra D, Gupta S, Cambridge University Press 2011
Dogra N, Karim K Chapter 27 Diversity training for psychiatrists, in Cultural topics in Cultural Psychiatry ed. Bhattacharya R, Cross S, Bhugra D.RCPsych Publications (Lon) 2010
Together with Professor Nisha Dogra co-developed a 1 day training package for the Royal college of Psychiatry on Training the trainers.
Online module for CPD on teaching for Royal College of Psychiatry
Online Module for on ASD in Children published.2015
Developed training on ASD and Self harm for National Autistic Society 2016-2018
Multiple presentations on aspects of ADHD and ADHD locally and nationally


BSc (hons) University of Leicester 1992
MBChB University of Leicester 1994
Member of the Royal College of Psychiatry 2001
Masters in Medical Education (MMedSci) University of Nottingham 2018
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