Dr James Davies

Reader in Social Anthropology and Mental Health, University of Roehampton

Dr. James Davies is a co-founder of CEP. He graduated from the University of Oxford in 2006 with a PhD in social and medical anthropology. He is a reader in social anthropology and mental health at the University of Roehampton and has practiced as a psychotherapist in organisations such as MIND and the NHS.

James has written widely in academe and has delivered lectures at many universities including Harvard, Oxford, Brown, UCL, Columbia (New York), and The New School (New York). James has also written for The Times, The New Scientist, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, Harvard Divinity Bulletin and Salon. He is author of multiple books including Cracked: why psychiatry is doing more harm than good (2013).


  • The Sedated Society: The Causes and Harms of our Psychiatric Drug Epidemic 2017
  • Cracked: The Unhappy Truth about Psychiatry 2014
  • Cracked: Why Psychiatry is Doing More Harm Than Good 2014
  • The Importance of Suffering: The Value and Meaning of Emotional Discontent) 2012
  • Emotions in the Field: The Psychology and Anthropology of Fieldwork Experience 2010 (Editor)
  • The Making of Psychotherapists: An Anthropological Analysis 2009
  • Life and Death (Elementary Go (Kiseido)) 1996

Presented At

iCAAD Online 2020