Professor Kevin Gournay CBE
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience: Kings College: London
FRCPsych (HON) FMedSci FRCN, PhD DSc C Psychol. CSci AFBPsS RN
Kevin is an Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Psychiatry (Kings College; University of London) where he held a chair for 11 years. He is currently a Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Research Excellence in Comorbidity at the University of Sydney Australia where he is involved in research and policy development on the topic of the combination of mental illness and alcohol and substance use. He’s a frequent visitor to that centre.
He is a Registered and Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and a Registered Nurse. In his clinical work, from which, he retired in December 2017, he had particular interests in the treatment of anxiety disorders, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. He has also worked in areas of general medicine using psychological approaches to palliative care, pain management, cardiovascular disorders and Multiple Sclerosis. He practiced CBT for 41 years: originally training in Behaviour Therapy under the world renowned expert Professor Isaac Marks.
He has carried out research on areas as diverse as CBT, violence, suicide, schizophrenia, medication, phobias, body image disorders, epidemiology, health economics and primary care. He has managed research and training projects in Australia, the Czech Republic, Palestine, Russia and several other countries. He is the author of more than 300 books, monographs, papers, chapters and major conference papers.
He has had diverse interests in mental health including policy work for the Department of Health and serving as a Special Advisor for the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights, which reported to Parliament on Deaths in Custody.
He works as an Expert Witness in various areas including PTSD, the psychological effects of stillbirth and perinatal death, suicide and violence.
Apart from being President and founding Patron of No Panic he has been a Patron and advisor to several other Charities. He is a frequent contributor to TV, Radio and newspapers.
He was elected to Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2002 for his outstanding services to Psychiatry, Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2000 for his distinguished contribution to Medical Sciences, Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing in 1998 and was appointed CBE in the New Year H in 1998/9. In 2004 he was elected as “Psychiatric Nurse of the Year” by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
Kevin is season ticket and 50 year plus supporter of Charlton Athletic and is the veteran of 14 Marathons.