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About Prof Taj Nathan

Professor Nathan has extensive experience of working in a wide variety of mental health settings, particularly in the context of secure care pathways for patients with mental illness, personality disorder and autism spectrum disorder.

As well as his day-to-day clinical work within the Trust, he has provided advice on cases across a national footprint and has contributed to national policy initiatives. Professor Nathan has undertaken wide-ranging research including in the areas of standardized assessments, neurocognitive disorders, personality disorder and risk. Professor Nathan is also regularly called to provide independent expert opinion to courts across the country.

Research

Professor Nathan has undertaken wide-ranging research including in the areas of standardized assessments, neurocognitive disorders, personality disorder and risk.

Published Work

PUBLICATIONS

Nathan R, Whyler J & Wilson P (2020) Risk of harm to others: subjectivity and meaning of risk in mental health practice, Journal of Risk Research, DOI: 10.1080/13669877.2020.1819389 (Peer reviewed)

Nathan R & Nathan K (2020) A novel approach to identifying causal factors for risk events: applying the hazard and operability study methodology to mental health services. European Psychiatry, 63(S1), S283–S589. Abstract EPV1449. https://doi.org/10.1192/j.eurpsy.2020.6 (Peer reviewed)

Nathan R (2020) Mental health and the criminal courts: Fitness to plead, culpability and the defence of insanity. In Mental Health and Punishments: Critical Perspectives in Theory and Practice, 1st edition. Taylor et al, Routledge.

Nathan R & Lewis E (2020). Assessment of coexisting psychosis and substance misuse: Complexities, challenges and causality. BJPsych Advances, 1-11. doi:10.1192/bja.2020.45.

Rix K & Nathan R (2020) Reports for criminal proceedings and in prison cases. In Rix’s Expert Psychiatric Evidence, second edition, Rix et al (Eds). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Rix K, Nathan R & Rowley K (QC) (2020). Reports for family proceedings related to children. In Rix’s Expert Psychiatric Evidence, second edition, Rix et al (Eds). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Saini P. McIntyre J, Corcoran R, Daras K, Giebel C, Fuller E, Shelton J, Wilson T, Comerford T, Nathan R, Gabbay M (2019) Social and Mental Health Predictors of Emergency Department and General Practitioner Usage. British Journal of General Practice.  https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp19X707093

Nathan R & Wilson P. (2019) The clinical assessment of acts of violence: mental mechanisms and subjectivity. British Journal of Psychiatry, Advances. https://doi.org/10.1192/bja.2019.75

Nathan R, Scarisbrick R & Brown G. (2019) Psychiatric assessment of adults in care proceedings. British Journal of Psychiatry, Advances. https://doi.org/10.1192/bja.2019.55

Nathan R, Centifanti L, Baker V & Hill J. (2019) A pilot randomised controlled trial of a programme of psychosocial interventions (Resettle) for high risk personality disordered offenders. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 66.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijlp.2019.101463

McElroy E, McIntyre J, Bentall R, Wilson T, Holt K, Kullu C, Nathan R, Kerr A, Panagaki K, McKeown M, Saini P, Gabbay M & Corcoran R (2019) Mental health, deprivation, and the neighbourhood social environment: a network analysis. Clinical Psychological Science, 7(4),719-734. https://doi.org/10.1177/2167702619830640.

Nathan R (2018) Dangerous minds: searching for the origins of psychotic violence. The Spectator, Nov/17 (Winner of JM Press international non-fiction essay prize).

Nathan R, Boyle S, Elliot P, & Saini P (2018) Real-life clinical decision-making: Examining the role of multiple clinical and non-clinical factors on decisions to admit patients to acute psychiatric units. European Psychiatry, April 2018, 48S, S448-449.

Lennox C & Nathan R (2017) Serious Offences – Origins and Nature of Serious Violence. In Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Meeting the Needs of Young Offenders, Cambridge University Press

Nathan R and Rix K (2016) A special case for personality disorder: are the distinctions between personality disorder and mental illness in clinical and legal practice justified? In Legal Perspectives on State Power: Consent and Control, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Nathan R and Medland S (QC) (2016) Psychiatric expert evidence and the new defences of diminished responsibility and loss of control. British Journal of Psychiatry, Advances, 22 (4) 277-284

Heffernan S, Brown A, Burns D, Chidambaram A & Nathan R (2016) Assessment, Formulation and Care Pathways for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum who have Violently Offended, Clinical Psychology Forum. Special issue: Forensic Psychology, No 282 (June)

Nathan R, Rix K. (2016) Suicide: Self-harm. In Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine, second edition, Payne-James J, Byard R, Corey T, & Henderson C (eds). Oxford: Elsevier.

Nathan R, Wood H. (2016) Forensic Psychiatry and Forensic Psychology: Personality disorder. In Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine, second edition, Payne-James J, Byard R, Corey T, & Henderson C (eds). Oxford: Elsevier.

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Whyler J, Wilson P & Nathan R (2020) ‘Risk’: a textual and phenomenological analysis to clarify its meaning in clinical practice. Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Annual Conference, Liverpool, March 2020

Watson E, Hughes D, Patterson J, Mandara A & Nathan R (2019) A Qualitative Study of Mental Health Presentations to University Student Support Services. Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Conference, Belfast, September 2019

Kumar M, Wilson P & Nathan R (2019) How stable is diagnosis in secure services? An exploratory qualitative study? Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Annual Conference, Vienna, March 2019

Ogundalu A, Bramwell V, Challinor A & Nathan R (2019) Does the mostly commonly used violence risk assessment and management instrument in forensic mental health services have a robust evidence base? Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Annual Conference, Vienna, March 2019

Wilson P & Nathan R (2018) Phenomenology and causal entities in psychiatry. British Society for Phenomenology Annual Conference, Kent, July 2018

Nathan R, Boyle S, Elliot P, Saini P, & O’Loughlin C (2018). The risk to the clinician of risk management: analysis of recalled and anticipated consequences of decision-making in acute psychiatric scenarios. Royal College of Psychiatrists, Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry Annual Conference, Liverpool, May 2018.

Nathan R (2017) Improving identification and engagement in dual diagnosis: addressing conflicting casual narratives about the relationship between substance use and mental illness symptoms. Royal College of General Practitioners, Managing Drug and Alcohol Problems in Primary Care Conference, London, November 2017

Boyle S, Elliot P, Saini P, O’Loughlin C & Nathan R (2017) The use of acute psychiatric inpatient beds: study of in-vivo clinical decision-making. NIHR CLAHRC NWC Dissemination event, Preston, October 2017

Wilson P, Williams T, Shaw E & Nathan R (2017) Exploratory study of approaches to the assessment and formulation of psychotic-spectrum symptoms in routine clinical practice. Faculty of General Adult Psychiatry Annual Conference, Gateshead, October 2017. (Presentation prize winner, Wilson)

Ahsan T, Washington D, Thorley C, Taylor P & Nathan R (2017) The influence of the format of presentation of clinical histories (narrative versus template) on clinicians’ ability to recall risk related information. Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Annual Residential Meeting, March 2017