Lisa Downing, BA, MA, DPhil

Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality, Convenor of Sexuality and Gender Studies Research Network, University of Birmingham.

 

Professor Downing is a senior humanities scholar working in an interdisciplinary way with psychiatrists and other professionals to highlight questions of social stigma, cultural norms and perceived abnormality, especially in the fields of sex and gender, and the ethics of pathologising atypical behaviours.

 

Her past work has involved collaboration with the American Psychiatric Association (APA) on the DSM-5 paraphilic disorder diagnosis. She is the author of numerous papers and books on sexuality, sexual perversion and paraphilia, the history of psychiatry and psychoanalysis, gender norms and gender dissent, and the philosophy of Michel Foucault.

 

Email: l.m.downing@bham.ac.uk

 

Declaration of interests: None.

 



Jonathan Hurlow, MBBS, MRCPsych

Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist; Professional Practice and Ethics Committee Member, Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych); Division Chair, Birmingham Medical Institute, Tamarind Centre, Birmingham & Solihull NHS Mental Health Foundation Trust, Bordesley Green, Birmingham.

 

After attending medical school in Newcastle, Dr Hurlow completed his foundation in Sunderland. He undertook core training in psychiatry with the South London & Maudsley scheme and completed higher training with the Forensic Psychiatry North London scheme. He developed a passion for psychiatric ethics, political reform and open debate by contributing to the Maudsley Philosophy Group & Debates, the RCPsych's Philosophy in Psychiatry Special Interest Group, the Professional Practice and Ethics Committee, the Birmingham Medical Institute and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform.

 

His additional interests include personality disorder, mentalisation-based therapy and creativity. 

 

Email: jonathon.hurlow@nhs.net

 

Declaration of interests: None.

© 2021 Royal College of Psychiatrists