About the authors

Hugh Middleton, MA, MB, BChir, MD, MRCP, FRCPsych

Hon. Associate Professor, University of Nottingham.


Dr Middleton was a general adult psychiatrist in West Nottinghamshire and Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham from 1994. To begin with this was within the Division of Psychiatry, but from 2006, it was as a member of the School of Sociology and Social Policy. He was previously a trainee and research fellow in Oxford and Cambridge. His earlier research focused on psychopharmacology and psychophysiology, and his teaching, MRCPsych, and subsequently social science as applied to mental health difficulties, undergraduate medical sociology teaching and several related PhDs.


Dr Middleton published Psychiatry Reconsidered; From Medical Treatment to Supportive Understanding in 2015 and Mental Health Uncertainty and Inevitability: Rejuvenating the Relationship between Social Science and Psychiatry in 2017. He has been co-chair of the UK Critical Psychiatry Network since 2010 and has experience as Clinical Director and with the former National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE). Dr Middleton retired in July 2016.


Email: hugh.middleton@nottingham.ac.uk


Declaration of interests: Co-chair UK Critical Psychiatry Network.



Joanna Moncrieff, MBBS, MSc, MD, MRCPsych

Reader, University College London.


From 2001, Dr Moncrieff was a senior lecturer at University College London and honorary general adult psychiatrist in North East London NHS Foundation Trust. Her clinical work has included in-patient rehabilitation, community psychiatry and substance misuse. She was promoted to Reader in 2016.


Dr Moncrieff's research interests include critical approaches to psychiatry and psychopharmacology, history of psychiatry, and patient experiences of treatment. She has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and several books, including The Myth of the Chemical Cure (2008) and The Bitterest Pills (2013). She co-founded and has co-chaired the UK Critical Psychiatry Network since 1997.


Email: j.moncrieff@ucl.ac.uk


Declaration of interests: Co-chair UK Critical Psychiatry Network.


© 2019 Royal College of Psychiatrists