Visiting Professors & Fellows

Professor Irving Kirsch PhDProfessor Irving Kirsch PhD

Irving Kirsch is a visiting professor at the University of Lincoln and professor emeritus at the University of Hull and the University of Connecticut. He has published 10 books and more than 200 scientific journal articles and book chapters on placebo effects, antidepressant medication, hypnosis and suggestion. His meta-analyses on the efficacy of antidepressants were covered extensively in the international media and have influenced official guidelines for the treatment of depression in the United Kingdom. His book, The Emperor's New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth, was published in the UK by Bodley Head, a division of Random House, and by Basic Books in the United States. It has also been published in Japanese and French, and a Polish edition is currently in press.

Dr Roderick J Orner PhDDr Roderick J. Ørner PhD

Roderick Ørner is Consultant Clinical Psychologist in private practice and visiting professor of clinical psychology at the University of Lincoln where he was awarded his PhD in 2005. His clinical experience comprises of specialist assessment and therapy for adult patients especially following exposure to traumatic events in the maritime industries ( He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. His trauma related research interests range from British Falklands War Veterans, European War Veterans and the provision of psychological support services for emergency responder groups. He hosted the First European Conference on Traumatic Stress in Lincoln in 1988 and has maintained a leading role within the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies of which he was President between 1997 and 1999. He is senior editor of ‘Reconstructing Early Intervention after Trauma’  2003 by Oxford University Press. Current research interests include improving sleep management in primary care and aspects of ambulance care

Mohammad IqbalMohammad Iqbal

Mohammad Iqbal is a Research Associate at the East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust in Lincoln and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Lincoln. He graduated MBBS in 1984 and worked in health programmes for the government of Bangladesh, West Indies, Middle East and West Africa. He trained in Community Health and Tropical Medicine and gained his masters in 1992 and postgraduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 1993 from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. His current interests are in healthcare quality improvement and prehospital research. Iqbal is also undertaking a part time PhD at the University of Lincoln.

Deborah Shaw MScDeborah Shaw, MSc

Deborah Shaw is a visiting research fellow at the University of Lincoln and is Clinical Audit and Research Manager at East Midlands Ambulance Service, NHS Trust. She has worked in the ambulance service in Lincolnshire for 16 years starting as a secretary, developing and interest in audit and research after moving to the Clinical Governance department 8 years ago as a data analyst. She was part of the team which introduced research into the, then, Lincolnshire Ambulance Service, becoming Clinical Audit and Research Manager in 2009. For the past 2 years Deborah has been national co-ordinator for the Ambulance Clinical Performance Indicators, and has recently completed an MSc Medical and Health Sciences. Current interests include qualitative pre-hospital emergency care research and quality improvement. 

Sami TimimiSami Timimi

Sami Timimi is Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Director of Postgraduate Education in the NHS in Lincolnshire and Visiting Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Lincoln. He writes from a critical psychiatry perspective in leading journals on eating disorders, psychotherapy, behavioural disorders and cross-cultural psychiatry. He has authored four books,Pathological Child Psychiatry and the Medicalization of Childhood(2002), Naughty Boys: Anti-Social Behaviour, ADHD and the Role of Culture (2005), Misunderstanding ADHD: A Complete Guide for Parents to Alternatives to Drugs (2007), and A Straight Talking Introduction to Children’s Mental Health Problems (2009). He co-edited with Begum Maitra Critical Voices in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (2006), Liberatory Psychiatry: Philosophy, Politics, and Mental Health with Carl Cohen (2008) and Rethinking ADHD: From Brain to Culture with Jonathan Leo (2009). He co-authored with Brian McCabe and Neil Gardner, The Myth of Autism: Medicalising Men and Boys’ Social and Emotional Competence (2010).

Professor Emeritus Charles Anthony (Tony) Butterworth CBE. FRCN. FMed.Sci.


Tony Butterworth is a qualified mental health and general nurse with significant experience in hospital and community settings as well as in teaching and research. He has published extensively and supervised more than 20 students to the successful completion of their PhD.

He worked as a clinical nurse in acute mental health services, emergency and orthopaedic care and in community psychiatry. He developed and led one of the first educational courses for community psychiatric nurses in the world and developed original work on clinical supervision for nurses, midwives and health visitors.

He became the inaugural Chair and Queens Nursing Institute Professor of Community Nursing at the University of Manchester in 1987 where he undertook original and ground breaking research into clinical supervision for clinicians and in the development of psychosocial education for people with schizophrenia. He was invited by the UK Secretary of State for Health to lead a Government review of mental health nursing in 1994 and became General Secretary for the World Health Organisations Collaborating Centres for Nursing in 1997.

Following periods as a Head of Department and Dean of School, he became a Pro-Vice Chancellor for external affairs for the University of Manchester in 1998. He was elected by his academic peers to be the first Chair of the Council of Deans of Health in 1997.

He returned to an appointment in the NHS as Chief Executive for Trent Workforce Confederation in 2001 and became Director of a Research Centre for Clinical and Academic Workforce Innovation at the University of Lincoln in 2005. He and his team led the UKCRC review of Clinical Academic Careers for Nursing and the health professions, work completed in late 2007. He was granted the title Emeritus Professor by the University of Lincoln in 2008.

He was elected to be first Chair of the Academy of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting Research (UK) from 2008 to 2011.

In December 2011 he was invited by the UK Secretary of State to become Chair of the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and has recently also become Chair of the Foundation of Nursing Studies. He is a Trustee of Dementia UK and the RCN Charitable Foundation.

Honours: Commander of the British Empire (CBE);Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing (FRCN); Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci); Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (FRCPsych); Fellow of the Queens Nursing Institute (FQNI); Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA); Fellowship, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society (USA); Honorary Doctor of Science, University of Huddersfield, Honorary Fellow for Health Innovation NHSII.

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