Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer
- Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist
I am an old age psychiatrist with interests in dementia, psychopharmacology, and law in older adults.
I have moved from an interest in the basic science, particularly neurochemistry, of the the brain, to pursuing an understanding of how disorders of the ageing brain present in life, and the types of ethical and legal issues that arise in practice. Clinical psychiatry offers a unique opportunity to combine a detailed understanding of the underlying disorders of the ageing brain with careful analysis of how society should care for older people, and how decisions should be made for them when they can no longer do so themselves.
My current research is on legal aspects of dementia and capacity, and I teach and write on this. I divide my time between clinical practice with older adults, and working in the Mental Health Tribunal service and other legal settings.