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Professor Joan Busfield

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Telephone01206 873399

Trained initially as a clinical psychologist at the Tavistock Clinic. She then worked on a study of the social influences on family size published (with M.Paddon) as Thinking About Children: Sociology and Fertility in Post-War England (l977). Since then her research has focussed on psychiatry and mental disorder. Her main publications include: Managing Madness: Changing Ideas and Practice (l986) Men, Women and Madness (1996). She has recently edited a special issue of the Sociology of Health and Illness which will be published in October as Rethinking the Sociology of Mental Health and Health and Health Care in Modern Britain (2000). Main teaching interests: medicine, illness, psychiatry, mental health and illness, health services and health policy.


MA (St Andrews) MA (Essex) PhD (Essex)

Research interests
  • Mental Disorder
  • Psychiatry Gender and Mental Disorder
  • History of Psychiatry
  • Health and Health Care Policy
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
Teaching responsibilities

Current Research Student Supervision:

Richard Bradshaw, 'Professional Conduct & regulation of M H Nursing'
Thuy Dinh Thi Bic, 'Maternal health care in a socio-culture context in Vietnam'
Michael Mavrommatis, 'Mental health policy in the UK, Italy and Greece'
Jane Mullins, 'Depression after success in women'
Christine Nugent, 'Influence of and user movement perspectives on mental health professionals'


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