The University of St Andrews Psychology Society (PsychSoc)

Talk by Prof. Kay Redfield Jamison- famous clinical psychologist & writer!

Tuesday, 21st April 2009 at 2pm

Location: Psychology foyer

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A world renown and widely acclaimed clinical psychologist and writer (who is also an honourary professor of English here at St Andrews), Professor Kay Redfield Jamison, will be coming to St Andrews next week and we are lucky enough to have her giving a private informal talk to us at our Tuesday lunch (Tues 21st in the Psychology foyer). She is one of the most famous speakers we have had in years so it is not to be missed!

Just a little bit of information about this famous speaker:-

Prof. Jamison is an American clinical psychologist and writer who is currently a professor of Psychiatry at the John Hopkins University in DC. She is a leading expert on bipolar disorder, having suffered from bipolar disorder since her early to mid twenties.

She has written best-selling books including  her memoir- An Unquiet mind- which details her experiences of the disorder including extreme mania and depression, Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide- about suicide which she herself has had to deal with, and, probably most famous amongst psychologists, Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament, in which she made the link between bipolar disorder and its prevalence in artistic or high-achieving families, citing Lord Byron and his ancestors as an example. She also coauthored the classic textbook on bipolar disorder: Manic-Depressive Illness.

Jamison has been named as one of the "Best Doctors in the United States" and was chosen by Time magazine as a "Hero of Medicine." She was also chosen as one of the five individuals for the public television series "Great Minds of Medicine." (on a more trivial note she has also been on Oprah a few times)

For more information about her, why not check out her wikipedia page:

So as you can see- her talk is not to be missed! Come along to the Psychology foyer for the lunch at 1pm this Tuesday to see her speak!

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