This year 85 Fellows have been elected: 52 UK Fellows, 29 Corresponding Fellows and four Honorary Fellows.
Daniel Freeman, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Department of Psychiatry and one of the seven new Fellows from Oxford, said:
'It is a wonderful honour. My work focuses on using psychological science to develop, test, and implement new effective therapies for mental health conditions. None of it would happen without the expertise and efforts of my research group, lived experience advisors, collaborators, mentors, and so many people behind the scenes in the Department of Psychiatry and throughout the university.'
Belinda Lennox, Head of Department, Professor of Psychiatry, said:
'Huge congratulations to Daniel Freeman on this highly prestigious fellowship. It is an outstanding achievement, and fitting recognition of his pioneering, world-leading research, improving outcomes for people with severe mental health conditions. British Academy fellowships are the highest level of distinction for humanities and social sciences. They are awarded to only a couple of people in each research field each year. Daniel demonstrates outstanding scholarship and impact in his research and is richly deserving of this award. We are proud to have him in Psychiatry.'
Professor Daniel Freeman is particularly known for his work understanding and treating paranoia, including developing the Feeling Safe Programme, which is the most effective psychological therapy for persecutory delusions. He has also been a pioneer in using virtual reality to assess, understand, and treat mental health conditions. He presented the BBC Radio 4 series 'A history of delusions'.
The British Academy
Founded in 1902, the British Academy is the UK's national academy for the humanities and social sciences. It is a Fellowship of over 1600 of the leading minds in these subjects from the UK and overseas. Current Fellows include the classicist Professor Dame Mary Beard, the historian Professor Sir Simon Schama and philosopher Professor Baroness Onora O'Neill. Previous Fellows include Dame Frances Yates, Sir Winston Churchill, Seamus Heaney and Beatrice Webb.