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Professor Brendan Kelly

Professor of Psychiatry (Psychiatry)
TALLAGHT HOSPITAL


I am Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin, Consultant Psychiatrist at Tallaght University Hospital, and author of 'The Science of Happiness: The Six Principles of a Happy Life and the Seven Strategies for Achieving It' (Gill Books, 2021). In addition to my medical degree (MB BCh BAO), I hold masters degrees in epidemiology (MSc), healthcare management (MA) and Buddhist studies (MA); an MA (jure officii) from Trinity College Dublin; and doctorates in medicine (MD), history (PhD), governance (DGov) and law (PhD). I have authored and co-authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications and 600 non-peer-reviewed publications. These cover a range of themes relating to mental health, law, history and related topics. My books include India's Mental Healthcare Act, 2017: Building Laws, Protecting Rights (Springer, 2020, with Dr Richard Duffy), Coping With Coronavirus: How To Stay Calm and Protect Your Mental Health (Merrion Press, 2020), The Doctor Who Sat For A Year (Liffey Press, 2019), Hearing Voices: The History of Psychiatry in Ireland (Irish Academic Press, 2016), Mental Illness, Human Rights and the Law (RCPsych Books, 2016) and Dignity, Mental Health and Human Rights: Coercion and the Law (Routledge, 2015). I co-authored, with Professor Patricia Casey, the third and fourth editions of Fish's Clinical Psychopathology (2007 and 2019), the best-selling book published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists which is now published by Cambridge University Press. My other books on historical themes include Custody, Care and Criminality: Forensic Psychiatry and Law in 19th-Century Ireland (History Press Ireland, 2014), Ada English: Patriot and Psychiatrist (Irish Academic Press, 2014) and "He Lost Himself Completely": Shell Shock and its Treatment at Dublin's Richmond War Hospital (1916-19) (Liffey Press, 2014). My research interests include the epidemiology of psychosis, mental health services, the history of psychiatry, and human rights in mental health. I am most interested in the extent to which persons with mental illness participate in civic and social life, and the barriers they and their families face in exercising their rights, including economic and social rights. I contribute frequently to print and broadcast media, and write regularly for the medical press. I am Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry (since 2017) and Dun's Librarian at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (since 2020).
  COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH   COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES   equality issues for mental health service users   Forensic mental health issues   HISTORY OF MEDICINE   Human Rights   MENTAL HEALTH LEGISLATION   MENTAL HEALTH LEGISLATION AND JURISPRUDENCE   MENTAL-HEALTH ACT   MENTAL-HEALTH POLICY
 Mental health law and human rights
 Happiness
 Debiasing doctors - clinical decision-making among medical students, junior doctors and practising physicians
 An analysis of voting behaviour of mental health service users in the Irish general election 2016
 The history of psychiatry

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Details Date From Date To
Fellow, Trinity College Dublin 2017
Fellow, Royal College of Psychiatrists 2012
Fellow, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland 2011
Member, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland 2007
Member, Royal College of Psychiatrists 2000
Member, College of Psychiatrists of Ireland 2009
Delivering a good lecture in, editor(s)Huline-Dickens S, Casey P , Clinical Topics in Teaching Psychiatry: A Guide for Clinicians, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2022, [Kelly BD], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
Kelly BD, Psychiatry is essential for now but might eventually disappear (although this is unlikely to happen any time soon), Australasian Psychiatry, 2022, Journal Article, IN_PRESS
O'Callaghan AK, Plunkett R, Kelly BD, Seclusion, restraint, therapeutic alliance and legal admission status: what really matters?, Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 2022, Journal Article, IN_PRESS
O'Neill D, Zimmerman S, Kelly BD, Moss H, Promoting research and scholarship in the medical and health humanities in Ireland, Ir J Med Sci, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Gautam Gulati, Walter Cullen, Brendan Kelly, Psychiatry Algorithms for Primary Care, Wiley, 2021, Book, PUBLISHED  URL
Psychology, meditation and the brain across contemplative traditions. in, editor(s)Miller L. , Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality (Second Edition)., Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2021, [Kelly BD], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
Optimising patient care in psychiatry with autonomy and choice. in, editor(s)Srivastava A, Shah N, De Sousa A , Optimizing Patient Care in Psychiatry, Boca Raton, FL, Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2021, [Duffy RM,. Sidhu DS, Kelly BD. ], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
Optimising patient care in psychiatry with sound mental health legislation. in, editor(s)Srivastava A, Shah N, De Sousa A , Optimizing Patient Care in Psychiatry, Boca Raton, FL, Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2021, [Kelly BD, Gulati G, Duffy RM], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
Mental health legislation and social rights. in, editor(s)Bhugra D, Moussaoui D, Jamieson-Craig T , Oxford Textbook of Social Psychiatry, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2021, [Kelly BD], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
Social interventions in common mental disorders. in, editor(s)Bhugra D, Moussaoui D, Jamieson-Craig T , Oxford Textbook of Social Psychiatry, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2021, [Kelly BD], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
  

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Kelly BD, The Science of Happiness: The Six Principles of a Happy Life and the Seven Strategies for Achieving It, Gill Books, 2021, Book, PUBLISHED
What does being Irish mean to me? in, editor(s)Logue M-C , Being Irish: 101 Views on Irish Identity Today, Dublin, The Liffey Press, 2021, pp128 - 130, [Kelly BD], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Assessing the need for the decision-making supports under the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act, 2015 in Irish hospitals in, editor(s)Donnelly M, Gleeson C , The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015: Personal and Professional Reflections, Dublin, Health Service Executive, 2021, pp44 - 48, [Kelly BD], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Kelly BD, Book review: The Selected Writings of Maurice O'Connor Drury On Wittgenstein, Philosophy, Religion and Psychiatry, Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 38, (3), 2021, p234 - 235, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Kelly BD, Book review: A Terrible Aberration: When Doctors and Health Professionals Compromise Their Medical Ethics at the Bidding of the State, irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, Epub ahead of print, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Kelly BD, Book review: Compulsory Mental Health Interventions and the CRPD: Minding Equality, irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, Epub ahead of print, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Gulati G, Cusack A, Kelly BD, Murphy VE, Kilcommins S, Dunne CP, Trans-institutionalisation in Ireland: new and emerging congregated settings for people with disabilities, Health and Human Rights Journal, 12 August , 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Kelly BD, The right to treatment, social care, and liberty, Medical Independent, 12, (21), 2021, p20-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Kelly BD, Elsewhere - an opera about the 'Monaghan Asylum Soviet', Medical Independent, 12, (17), 2021, p32-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Kelly BD, Is happiness genetic?, The Consultant, (Summer), 2021, p93 - 94, Journal Article, PUBLISHED

  

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Award Date
Doolin Medal and Lecture (Irish Medical Organisation) 2019
Gilmartin Medal (College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland) 2018
Compassion Award (Mater Misericordiae University Hospital) 2015
Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland Doctor Award (Psychiatry) 2011
MA Healthcare Management (First) (Institute of Public Administration, National University of Ireland) 2006
Young Scientist Award (Winter Workshop on Schizophrenia) 2004
Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland Doctor Award (Psychiatry) 2004
Gaskell Medal and Prize (Royal College of Psychiatrists) 2003
Royal Irish Academy Award (Essay: 'Schizophrenia: Solving the Puzzle') 2003
Young Investigator Award (International Congress on Schizophrenia Research, USA) 2003
Royal College of Psychiatrists (Irish Division) (Best Oral Research Presentation) 2003
Royal College of Psychiatrists (Irish Division) (Best Oral Research Presentation) 2002
Institute of Psychiatry Fellowship (European Foundation for Research in Psychiatry) 2002
Health Research Board Cochrane Fellowship 2002
Stanley Fellowship in General Adult Psychiatry Research 2001
Standish-Barry Prize (Royal College of Psychiatrists, Membership Prize) 2000
Lifelong Learning Foundation Award (for 'Neuroscience and Lifelong Learning') 1998
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Essay Prize ('Higher Education - Developing People or Feeding the Tiger?') 1998
Managing for Tomorrow Award (Institute of Management, London) 1997
MB BCh BAO (Gold Medal) 1996
Irish Times/3 Com Essay Competition ('The Information Superhighway - Myth or Magic?') 1996
Berman Fellowship (in Experimental Medicine) (Minneapolis, USA) 1995
Experimental Medicine (Subject Prize, First Class Honours) (NUI Galway) 1995
Globe Travel Writing Award ('Famous for Fifteen Minutes') 1995
Sheppard Memorial Research Prize (Irish College of General Practitioners) 1994
Third Medical, Part 2 (Examination Prize) (First Class Honours) 1994
Forensic Medicine (Subject Prize) (First Class Honours) 1994
Social and Preventive Medicine (Subject Prize) (First Class Honours) 1994
Health and Safety Writing Award ('Mental Health in the Workplace') 1994
Galway's Maritime Heritage Essay Contest (Galway Advertiser) 1994
Europe-Japan Essay Contest (Foreign Ministry of Japan) (Two-Week Study Tour of Japan) 1993
Galway Hospice Foundation Essay Award ('The Role of Communication in Terminal Cancer Care') 1993
Literary and Debating Society Essay Prize ('Saki Revisited') 1992
My key research interests are the epidemiology of psychosis, mental health legislation, human rights and the history of psychiatry. I am especially interested in the extent to which persons with mental illness participate in civic and social life, and the barriers they and their families face in exercising their rights, including economic and social rights.