About the authors

Micol Ascoli MBBS, SARCPsych

Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, East London Foundation Trust.

Clinical Lead in Cultural Psychiatry of the Newham Locality and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London.


Dr Ascoli teaches Transcultural Psychiatry within the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. She is an active member of the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry and the World Psychiatric Association’s Transcultural Psychiatry Section and has chaired symposia at international congresses since 2001.


Declaration of interests: None


Tennyson Lee MRCPsych FFCH (SA) MBChB BA BSc


Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy and General Adult Psychiatry at East London Foundation Trust.

Chair on the East London Trust Strategy Group and Clinical and Research Lead at Dean Cross Personality Disorder Service.


Dr Lee was previously a senior lecturer in the Department of Community Health at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, where he led a mental health research programme at the Centre for Health Policy.


Declaration of interests: None 


Nasir Warfa MSc, PhD

Dr Nasir WarfaNasir Warfa worked as a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Psychiatry, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London.




Declaration of interests: Dr Warfa was the coordinator of the MSc Mental Health Programme at the Queen Mary University of London.










Kamaldeep Bhui MBBS, BSc, FRCPsych, Dipl Clin Psych, MSc (Mental Health Studies), MSc (Epidemiology), research MD (Psychiatry), Assoc Mem BAP

Prof Kamaldeep Bhui

Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University














Professor Bhui worked as a Professor of Cultural Psychiatry & Epidemiology at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Barts & The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London. His other positions have included:


  • Director, Synergi Collaborative Centre
  • Director,  World Psychiatric Association Collaborative Centre
  • Co-Director, Centre for Understanding Personality (CUSP)
  • Editor in Chief, British Journal of Psychiatry
  • Chair, Publications Management Board and Member of Council RCPsych
  • Chair, External Scientific Reference Group (Public Health England, PHE)
  • Trustee, Centre for Mental Health
  • Clinical Academic Advisor, PHE
  • Honorary Professor, QMUL
  • Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, East London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Honorary Member, World Psychiatry Association

Declaration of Interests: Prof Bhui was the Director of Transcultural Mental Healthcare and MSc Psychological Therapies at Queen Mary University of London. 
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