Loebel People

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The OLLRP bring together an interdisciplinary team of Psychologists, Philosophers, Clinicians and others:


Pierre and Felice Loebel

The Oxford Loebel Lectures and Research Programme is made possible through the generosity of Pierre and Felice Loebel.

J. Pierre Loebel

J. Pierre Loebel was born in Bucharest, Romania; is married; and has 4 children, one of whom is also a psychiatrist. After high school and military service in the U.K. he obtained his undergraduate education (Philosophy and Psychology) at Oxford University. This was followed by medical school and training in South Africa and postgraduate training in psychiatry at the Maudsley and Bethlem Royal Hospitals and the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London.

Dr Loebel is Clinical Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle from which he retired as Chief of the Geriatric Psychiatry Service at an associated hospital.  He has also maintained a private practice, including being the founder, CEO and Medical Director of a multi-disciplinary group providing mental health services to patients residing in nursing homes.

His professional affiliations have included the Washington State District Branch (past President) of the American Psychiatric Association (APA); consultant to the World Health Organization; membership of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry; and membership of the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the APA; a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists; and a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Dr Loebel’s research interests, publications and presentations are in the areas of long-term care; suicide in the elderly; retirement of physicians; psychiatric aspects of end of life care; education in psychiatry; and the biopsychosocial approach. He has published over 40 articles and chapters in these and related fields.

Felice Loebel

Felice Loebel (née Selipsky) was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is married and has 4 children. She obtained a B.A. (majoring in English and Art History) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and then read English Language and Literature for her B.A. (Hons) and M.A at Oxford. On her return to South Africa she joined the Faculty of the English Department at the University of the Witwatersrand.

She and her family left South Africa for London and then Seattle, where she and her husband were appointed to Faculties at the University of Washington, she in the Department of English.  This included leading groups of students to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon, one of the oldest such in the USA, where she acted as lecturer and events organizer.

Felice was also involved in the management of the “Psychoanalysis in Everyday Life” annual lecture series, which she and her husband founded, under the joint aegis of the Seattle Psychoanalytic School and Institute and the University of Washington (UW). Also at the UW she was instrumental in developing the volunteer activities associated with the main University Hall of Music, and is an active participant in the music making and related activities of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

Her hobbies include writing, gardening, playing the piano, multi-traditional cooking and keeping abreast of her 8 grandchildren.

Glyn Humphreys is Watts Professor of Experimental Psychology. He has interests across many areas in visual cognition, spanning both cognitive and social neuroscience. Recent work has examined the ability to select stimuli by perceptual saliency, the role of learning in binding, the interaction between working memory, action and attention.  It covers a wide range of neuropsychological disorders including agnosia, apraxia, action disorganisation syndrome, alexia and amnesia, and  includes the development of new clinical screening instruments for detecting cognitive problems after brain injury.

Glyn has been awarded the Spearman and President’s Medals from the British Psychological Society and also that society’s Cognitive Psychology Prize in 1998 and 2012. He was awarded the Donald Broadbent Prize for cognitive psychology research from the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (2012). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, the Humboldt Foundation and the British Academy. He was awarded a Life Fellowship of the Belgian Psychological Society in 1998 and the British Psychological Society in 2012. He has been Special Professor at the Universities of Leipzig, Peking and the National Academy of Sciences, China. He has edited the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Visual Cognition and the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. He is a former President of the Experimental Psychology Society and is currently President of the British Neuropsychology Society.  He is a Fellow of Wolfson College Oxford.


Professor Julian Savulescu holds the Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford. He is the Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics within the Faculty of Philosophy. He is Director of the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, which is one of three strategic centres in biomedical ethics in the UK funded by the Wellcome Trust. He is also Director of the Institute for Science and Ethics (which is one of the 10 founding Institutes within the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. He is also Principal Investigator for a major Arts and Humanities Research Council grant on Cognitive Science and Religious Conflict, and Co-Investigator of an Economic and Social Research Council grant on Geoengineering.

He is a recognised world leader in the field of practical ethics. He is author of over 250 publications. He has an H index of 32 and 100 cited publications. He has given over 120 invited international presentations and over 280 in total. He is Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics (the top ranked journal in Bioethics according to Google metrics, July 2013). and founding editor of Journal of Practical Ethics, an open access journal in Practical Ethics launched in 2013. His book, co-authored with Ingmar Persson, Unfit for the Future: The Need for Moral Enhancement was published by OUP in July 2012.

In 2010 he was appointed an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Florey Neuroscience Institutes, one of the world’s top 10 neuroscience institutes, for a period of 3 years.  In 2009, he was awarded the title of Monash Distinguished Alumni for outstanding achievement, where he is also a Sir Louis Matheson Distinguished Visiting Professor . He was also selected as the winner of the ‘Thinkers’ category of The Australian’s Top 100 Emerging Leaders awards, presented by the Australian Prime Minister at Parliament House. He has presented at conferences across the world including the World Economic Forum at Davos (2009) and the Mont Pelerin Society’s Annual Meeting in Tokyo in 2008.

Distinguished lectures include the Tanner Lectures (2009), the Crown Lectures (2008), Pierce Lectures, Herbert Spencer Lectures. He was the Australian Society for Medical Research’s (ASMR) National Lecturer and Medallist in 2005 and presented to the Royal Institution in 2009. He has made a significant to public understanding and discussion, with over 400 appearances on TV, radio and in the print media, including features on Andrew Denton’s Enough Rope, SBS Insight, and various national news broadcasts. He has been profiled in Sekret Firmy (Russia), Knack (Belgium), The Guardian (UK), and has opinion pieces in The Age (Australia), Focus Magazine and Der Freitag (Germany), New York Times (US), De Standaard (Belgium) and many others.


Martin Davies was born in Guildford, Surrey, England and migrated to Australia with his family when he was seven years old. He attended Scotch College, Melbourne, and then studied philosophy and mathematics at Monash University, where his teachers included A C (Camo) Jackson and John Crossley. He came to Oxford for the first time in 1973, as a BPhil and then DPhil student at New College, supervised by Dana Scott, Christopher Peacocke and Gareth Evans.

After completing his doctorate, he taught at the University of Essex for a year and was then a Fellow by Examination at Magdalen College Oxford before moving in 1981 to Birkbeck College London, where he was Lecturer and then Reader in Philosophy. While at Birkbeck, he was one of the founding editors of the journal Mind & Language and a founder of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology.

In January 1993, he returned to Oxford as Wilde Reader in Mental Philosophy – a philosophy post located in the Department of Experimental Psychology – and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College. Davies was Wilde Reader until 2000, when he left Oxford to take up a Professorship in the Philosophy Program, Research School of Social Sciences, at the Australian National University. The Wilde Readership was converted to a Professorship and John Campbell was the first Wilde Professor from 2001 to 2004. Davies returned to Oxford as the second Wilde Professor in 2006.

Like many other philosophy graduate students in the 1970s, Martin Davies worked in philosophy of language and an early paper with Lloyd Humberstone contributed to the foundations of two-dimensional semantics. Most of his research has been in the areas of philosophy of mind (for example, on externalism about mental content) and philosophy of cognitive science (on tacit knowledge, the debate between the theory theory and mental simulation approaches to everyday psychological understanding, levels of description, cognitive neuropsychology, and delusions). The work on externalism and on levels of description led to work in epistemology on the problem of armchair knowledge.

Research Staff

Dr Christopher Gyngell is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Neuroethics, OCN & Oxford Loebel Lectures and Research Programme (OLLRP). He recently completed a PhD thesis at the Australian National University entitled, "Human Enhancement and Human Diversity: The need for a coordinated approach to enhancement technologies". His research interests lie primarily in enhancement ethics, the philosophy of psychiatry, and moral theory.

Dr Will Davies is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Neuroethics, OCN & Oxford Loebel Lectures and Research Programme (OLLRP). He completed the BPhil and DPhil in Philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford, and was a Junior Research Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge. His research interests lie broadly in the philosophy of psychology and cognitive science, focusing particularly on understanding the nature of perception, consciousness, and cognition in brain injured patients.

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