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Jon Arcelus

Professor in Youth Mental Health & in Transgender Health, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Biography

After completing his undergraduate degree in Medicine in Spain, Jon undertook clinical and academic training in Psychiatry in the Midlands. He also trained in Sexual Health, as well as in Psychotherapy, primarily Interpersonal, couple, and Systemic. Clinically he has worked primarily with young people with mental health difficulties and with those at risk of developing mental health problems. Jon was a Lecturer in Adolescent Psychiatry at Leicester University and moved to Nottingham to work clinically in the NHS as an adolescent psychiatrist, when he concluded his PhD. He then moved to the Leicester Eating Disorders Service, working closely with Loughborough University where he became a Visiting Professor. He has worked with various national sport and dance organizations, including the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, developing policies for the prevention of mental health problems. During his training years he gained experience working at the Tavistock Gender Identity Development Service in London and he maintained his interest in the area of transgender health throughout his career. In 2014 he was appointed as clinician at the Nottingham National Centre for Transgender Health, where he works as a doctor. Jon became a Full Professor at Nottingham University in October 2016.

Transgender health research has been neglected for many years, and it is hoped that Professor Arcelus' new position will stimulate research in this field helping to improve the quality of life of transgender people in society, starting from the depathologisation of the diagnostic classification of Gender Dysphoria, followed by improving access to treatment and evidence based clinical services.

Expertise Summary

Youth mental health

Transgender Health

Eating Disorders

Service Evaluation

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Teaching Summary

Prof. Arcelus is a PhD supervisor at Nottingham University and at Loughborough University and the University of Barcelona, where he holds honorary contracts.

He currently supervises four PhD students:

Walter Pierre Bouman: in the area of Transgender Health at the University of Barcelona (Universitat de Barcelona), Spain

Sara Sauchelli: in the area of Eating Disorders and Exercise at the University of Barcelona (Universitat de Barcelona), Spain

Beth Jones: in the area of Transgender Health and Sport at Loughborough University

Anna Nobili: In the area of Interpersonal Relationships at the University of Nottingham

Jon welcomes PhD proposals from candidates with an original idea and proven experience in research. He is interested to supervise topics relating to: (i) transgender health (ii) eating disorders and eating problems (iii) body dissatisfaction, (iv) interpersonal relationships. He will reply to enquiries about studying for a PhD if send a full CV and proposal outlining the PhD's theoretical background, aims, importance and proposed methodology.

He was External Examiner for the M.Sc. in Clinical Nutrition at University of College London (UCL) and the Course Director of the Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) course in Leicester, UK.

Research Summary

Prof. Jon Arcelus has been particularly interested in the relationship that people have with their bodies and how this can affect their lives. In that respect he has extensive experience in working… read more

Selected Publications

- Elected member of the International Academy of Sex Research (IASR).

- Elected member of the Eating Disorders Research Society (EDRS).

- Associate Editor European Eating Disorders Review. This is one of the main journals in the field of eating disorders.

- Associated Editor International Journal of Transgenderism. This is one of the main journals in the field of transgender health.

- Editorial Board Member, Journal of Eating Disorders. This is a newly developed Open access Journal in the field of eating disorders.

- Visiting Professor. Shanghai Mental Health Centre, Shanghai Jiao, Tong, University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China.

- Member of the Scientific Committee of the European Professional Association of Transgender Health (EPATH) meeting (Serbia, 2017).

- Member of the Scientific Committee of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) meeting (Buenos Aires, 2018).

- Invited key note lecture Spanish Association of Eating Disorders annual meeting (2017).

- Invited speaker at the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM) (2017).

Current Research

Prof. Jon Arcelus has been particularly interested in the relationship that people have with their bodies and how this can affect their lives. In that respect he has extensive experience in working clinically and academically with people dissatisfied with their bodies whether because of a mental health problem, such as an eating disorder, or because it does not match their experienced gender, like in the case of transgender people. His academic interest has been in the treatment and prevention of mental health problems in two distinct groups of vulnerable people:

1) People with eating problems and eating disorders.

2) Transgender people at risk of mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety or self-harm.

Eating disorder related research

He has been involved in several funded multi-center national and international studies investigating different treatments for people with eating disorders. He has worked collaboratively with his colleagues in Australia and New York investigating a newly developed intervention for eating disorders where compulsive exercise is a particular problem. The role of exercise in the etiology and maintenance of eating disorders has been one of his interests working closely with Prof. Caroline Meyer and the Loughborough team. He has also worked closely with the Institute of Psychiatry working towards improving the outcome of in-patient treatment for eating disorders. A new NHIR Grant, of which he is a co-applicant, will investigate the role of a new intervention for patients and carers in the outcome of people with Anorexia Nervosa following in-patient treatment. He has co-supervised several PhD students in the field of eating disorders.

Transgender health research

For the last six years, Prof. Arcelus has been working academically in transgender health. He has lead numerous studies investigating the predictors of mental health problems in transgender people. He has worked collaboratively with European colleagues aiming at improving the outcome of transgender health interventions, investigating further the role of society and health services. Transgender health research has been neglected for many years, particularly in the United Kingdom and it is hoped that Professor Arcelus new position will stimulate research in this field helping to improve the quality of life of transgender people in society. Prof. Arcelus has and is supervising three PhD students in the field of transgender health and he is open to discuss PhD possibilities with students interested in this area.

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