More ‘about me’, publications & presentations


BA (Cambridge, Trinity College) Medical Sciences/Physiology (2.1), 1983

MBBS (London), 1986

MRCPsych (Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists), 1994

JCTGP (General Practice Certificate), 1998. At the time this enabled me to work as a GP: when the GMC introduced the Register of General Practice I was back in Psychiatry so never applied.

Introductory/Intermediate Certificates in Systemic Therapy, Leeds University, 2000/2001

Certificate in Education, Kent Surrey Sussex NHS Postgraduate Deanery, 2006

In the 1990s I also obtained certificates in Child Development (Keele University) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (University of Manchester) but have mislaid them.

Past Academic Appointment

Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Kent, 2006 – 2009


(sole author unless stated)

Deadly Compassion, the death of Ann Humphry and the case against Euthanasia (Book review) British Medical Journal 1995; 310: 1682 []

History, Philosophy and Learning Disability Psychiatry. Learning Disability Psychiatry 2005; March: 4 [] [March 2018…appears defunct]

Images of Idiocy (Book review) Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 2006; 50 (March): 237-8 []

Finding a Different Kind of Normal: Misadventures with Asperger Syndrome (Book Review) Journal of Mental Health 2006; 15(6): 733 – 734 []

Twists and Dodgers (e-Letter, on Oliver Twist) British Journal of Psychiatry 2007; 6th February [] [March 2018…appears defunct]

Royal College of Psychiatrists Forensic Faculty (Conference report) Learning Disability Psychiatry 2007; September; 9 [] [March 2018…appears defunct]

Jaspers and Popper: two flawed but illuminating philosophers for contemporary pluralistic psychiatry (Invited commentary). Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology 2007; 14 (1); 71-3   []

Mental health problems and autistic spectrum disorders. Autism Us 2008; 5(19): 5-6         [ISSN 1741-4253: paper edition held in the British Library. No web-based publication]

Genetic diagnosis in clinical psychiatry: A case report of a woman with a 47, XXX karyotype and Fragile X syndrome. Vandersteen, A; Moore, D; Donaghue, C; MacFarlane, N; Josifova, D. European Journal of Psychiatry 2009; 23(1): 31-6 []

The BMJ’s measly editorial policies (letter). British Medical Journal 2011; 342: 349 []

Invited Peer Reviews

2006: British Journal of Psychiatry

2007: Journal of Affective Disorders (paper on nineteenth-century European literature)

2007: Kent Journal of Mental Health

2010: British Medical Journal Guidelines (adult ADHD guidelines)

Conference and seminar presentations

3 as co-presenter, Approx 40 as sole presenter, including:

2002: A century of social constructionism and learning disability. Royal College of Psychiatrists Learning Disability Faculty annual meeting, Chester, 13th September

2003: Low I.Q. good, High I.Q. better? : George Orwell on Intellect (poster). Royal College of Psychiatrists Learning Disability Faculty annual meeting, Barcelona, November 7th-8th

2004: The misinterpretation of Popperian philosophy by British psychiatry. 7th International Conference on Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology, Heidelberg, September 25th

2004: Wisdom, madness and folly in the old testament and apocrypha (poster). 7th International Conference on Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology, Heidelberg, September 24th-26th

2005: Karl Popper as a humanistic philosopher and his relevance for Psychiatry. Maudsley Philosophy Group: June 15th

2005: Karl Jaspers on Idiocy: “Hybrid, Mongrel, Trash”? Royal College of Psychiatrists Learning Disability Faculty annual meeting: Jersey, October 27th

2006: Karl Jaspers, as psychiatrist and philosopher, on Idiocy. Maudsley Philosophy Group: March 15th

2006: Britain’s unwilling executioners: Charles Dickens, Karl Jaspers and the Nazi killing of the mentally ill and learning disabled. Kent University Anthropology Department and Medical Humanities Group joint seminar: September 26th[]

2010: Vincent Van Gogh: the potential significance of adult attention deficit disorder (ADD / ADHD) for his psychobiography (poster). Royal College of Psychiatrists Psychotherapy Faculty annual meeting: Cambridge, April 22nd

2010: Vincent Van Gogh (1853 – 1890): degenerate, or artistic genius? (Poster) Royal College of Psychiatrists Learning Disability Psychiatry Faculty annual meeting: Leeds, October 8th

2012: Benjamin Franklin’s phrenological presence in Bleak House and Little Dorrit. British Society for Literature and Science annual conference, Oxford University, April 12th

2012: Little Dorrit, letters from America, and biographical tracklaying. The Other Dickens Conference, Portsmouth University, July 6th-8th

2012: Benjamin Franklin as a Carlylean ‘Demigod’: an under-recognised influence on Charles Dickens’s fiction? Carlyle Conference, Edinburgh University, July 10th to 12th

2012: Phrenology, mesmerism and the reptilian personality in Little Dorrit. Society for the Social History of Medicine Biannual Conference ‘Emotions, Health & Wellbeing’, Queen Mary College, London University, September 10th-12th

(2012 – 18 to appear soon)

Teaching / Other Academic

Many teaching sessions for medical practitioners, students and other professionals, including:

Workshops on systemic therapy, June (Leeds) and October (Bristol) 2002.

Philosophy and Psychiatry, September 2003.

Charles Dickens and Mental Disorder, June 2004.

Science and Psychiatry, May 2005.

Karl Jaspers, ICD 10 and DSM IV on delusion, September 2005.

George Eliot’s Brother Jacob as a potential educational resource for the history of learning disability, January 2006. (Part of the Certificate in Education).

“Perceptions of Mental Disorder in Nineteenth-Century Britain”: dramatised readings from Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol and David Copperfield, for higher trainees in psychiatry, St George’s Hospital Medical School, London, December 2006.

MSC in Mental Health, University of Kent (for trainees in Psychiatry):

Eight lectures 2005-8, on child development and neurodevelopmental disorders. Organiser of Psychiatry of Learning Disability and Developmental disorders sub-module, 2006.

The Kent Journal of Mental Health (2008-11)

A local NHS journal which I developed from 2005 to 2007. My original idea was for it to be independent of the NHS, and closely linked to the Kent Medical Humanities Group (discontinued after 2007), but this did not happen.

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