- Research Interests
- Teaching & Learning
I have worked in the voluntary sector with mental health charities. With M.A. degrees in Philosophy (University of Glasgow) and Philosophy and Mental Health (University of Central Lancashire), I completed my PhD research on the history of collective action by psychiatric patients in Scotland (Centre for the History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Research Centre at University of Glasgow).
My main research interests are in the history of psychiatry, patient activism, philosophy of psychiatry, madness and religion, and the history of psychoactive drugs.
In recent years my research has focused on the use of lysergic acid diethylamide 25 (LSD 25) in the history of psychiatry, with particular emphasis on the work of the leading U.K. pioneer of LSD therapy, Dr Ronald Sandison.
I lecture on the Mad Studies modules, with a particular focus on the history of collective action by psychiatric patients and interrogation of the empirical and conceptual underpinnings of various philosophies and sciences of madness.