Bill Fulford

Bill Fulford

Role or Position

KWM (Bill) Fulford is Honourary Consultant Psychiatrist, University of Oxford; Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Mental Health, University of Warwick Medical School; Co-Director, Institute for Philosophy, Diversity and Mental Health, University of Central Lancashire; and Special Adviser for Values-Based Practice in the National Mental Health Development Unit, Department of Health, London.

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Academic Background

Bill has been a member of The University of Warwick since 1995 and The University of Oxford since 1983.

Research Interests

Bill has published very widely and influentially on the philosophy of psychiatry, including, most recently, co-authoring The Oxford Textbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry. He is Lead Editor for the Oxford book series International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry, and Founder and Co-editor with John Sadler of the international journal Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology (PPP), which he founded in 1993. 

Research Leader in: Borderline Consciousness and Severe Neurological Impairment; Free Will, Moral Responsibility and Addiction; Applied Neuroethics

Publications include

1.    Fulford, K.W.M. (1989), Moral Theory and Medical Practice, Cambridge University Press (reprinted 1995 and 1999, 2nd edition 2000)

2.    Fulford, K.W.M., Morris, K.J., Sadler, J.Z., Stanghellini, G. (eds.) (2003), Nature and Narrative: An Introduction to the New Philosophy of Psychiatry. Launch volume for a new book series International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry

3.    Colombo, A., Bendelow, G., Fulford, K.W.M., Williams, S. (2003), 'Evaluating the influence of implicit models of mental disorder on processes of shared decision making within community-based multi-disciplinary teams,' Social Science and Medicine Jounal, 56: 1557-1570.

4.   Fulford, K.W.M., Thornton, T., Graham, G. (2006), The Oxford Textbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry, Oxford University Press.

5.   Kendler, K. et al. (2008), 'Issues for DSM-V: DSM-V Should Include a Conceptual Issues Work Group,' The AmericanJournal of Psychiatry, 165 (2): 1-2.


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