My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:
- MBBS BSc (Hons)
My professional experience:
I graduated in medicine from Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Medical School and completed my post-graduate training in General Adult and Addiction Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, the National Self-Harm service and National Alcohol Unit.
As well as training in CBT for 4 years at the Maudsley Hospital department of psychotherapy I completed further training at the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre.
I am a Senior Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College London, responsible for training psychiatrists and undergraduate students from Imperial Medical School. I was a supervisor and tutor on the Institute of Psychiatry’s Addiction Sciences MSc course.
My research at the Institute of Psychiatry included using functional neuroimaging to define appetitive reward pathways in the brain implicated in addiction. This and some of my other work have been presented at national and international conferences.
I have a particular interest in ADHD and have set up an adult ADHD service for South London and the Maudsley in 2009. I am currently a consultant for psychiatric admissions at Charing Cross Hospital and the dual diagnosis lead.
My personal statement:
The human capacity to cope with adversity is extraordinary and this is no more apparent than in psychiatry. While I am fascinated by the sciences of the mind, I can easily say that the most I have learnt in my career in psychiatry is from patients and those close to them. What motivates me above all else is that it is immensely rewarding to take part in someone’s recovery. It is a privilege to be in a position to help them discover how to do it, especially those that have almost given up hope. I believe recovery is very personal and I see working in a partnership as essential in terms of really understanding someone’s problems and helping them choose what is best for them.
Additional information about my research:
I am currently conducting a field trial of the new revised World Health Organisation diagnostic criteria for personality disorder for the working group revising their new classification system. The diagnostic criteria for personality disorder have been subject to considerable revision because of the difficulty in making a consistent and accurate diagnosis in contrast to other conditions.
Previous and on-going research which I am involved in includes the long term brain changes due to alcohol misuse and defining the appetitive reward pathways in the brain related to addiction.