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Jon Arcelus

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

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Biography

Jon Arcelus is Professor in Mental Health and in Transgender Health. He is a Member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and the European Professional Association for Transgender Health (EPATH). He is co-chair of the Standards of Care- 8thEdition for WPATH, the Global guidelines for transgender health services. Prof. Arcelus is an elected member of the International Academy of Sex Research, the Eating Disorders Research Society and the European Society of Sexual Medicine.

Professor Arcelus is interested in the interpersonal, social and cultural context of mental health and wellbeing. He leads various research projects in the field of sexuality and gender. He is the lead of the Managed Innovation Network(MIN) in Gender Diversity and Wellbeing at the Institute of Mental Health, which is part of the Centre for Social Futures.

After completing his undergraduate degree in Medicine in Spain, Prof. Arcelus undertook clinical and academic training in Psychiatry in the United Kingdom. As a social psychiatrist, he is particularly interested in the field of social psychology and the role of society in the wellbeing of the individual. He trained in psychotherapy, including sexual and relationship therapy, systemic therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy.

Prof. Arcelus was a Clinical Lecturer in Adolescent Psychiatry at Leicester University and moved to Nottingham to work clinically in the National Health Service, when he obtained his PhD. He subsequently moved to the Leicester Adult Eating Disorders Service, working closely with Loughborough University, where he became a Visiting Professor. He has worked with national sport and dance organizations, including The Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, developing policies for the prevention of mental health problems in this population.

During the last years he has worked primarily in the field of gender and sexuality. During his clinical training he gained experience working at the 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 a clinician at the Nottingham National Centre for Transgender Health, where he works as a medical doctor, providing assessment and treatment for gender affirming medical interventions (hormones, surgery, hair removal, and SLT). Jon was appointed as a Full Professor at Nottingham University in October 2016.

Professor Arcelus has over 100 publications, including books and chapters. He is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Transgenderism. He works closely with international collaborators, primarily in Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands and Sweden.

Expertise Summary

Mental health, Transgender Health, Gender Diversity, Sexuality, LGBTQ+, Eating Disorders, Body Image, Prevention, Young people, Health Services Research

Teaching Summary

Prof. Arcelus is a PhD supervisor at Nottingham University. He has also supervised PhD students at Loughborough University and the University of Barcelona, Spain.

He currently supervises four PhD students in the field of Gender and sexuality:

Anna Nobili: in the area of Transgender Health and Interpersonal Relationships

Nat Thorne: in the area of the Non-binary Identifying Population

Ellen Marshall: in the area of Sexual Health and Transgender Health

JessicaWilliams:in the area of LGBTQ+ and self-harm

Former PhD students in gender and sexuality:

Dr Walter Pierre Bouman(University of Barcelona, Spain)

Dr Amanda Davey(Loughborough University, UK)

Dr Bethany Jones(Loughborough University, UK)

Prof. Arcelus has also supervised other PhD students in the field of eating and body image.

Prof. Arcelus welcomes PhD proposals from candidates with an original idea and proven experience in research. He is interested to supervise topics relating to gender and sexuality including transgender health and the LGBTQ+ population. He will also be interested in discussing supervision in the field of eating and body image. 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 the Course Director of the Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) course in Leicester, UK.

Research Summary

Prof. Jon Arcelus is particularly interested in social psychiatry, exploring the role of society in mental health and wellbeing. Social psychiatry can be most effectively applied in preventing mental… read more

Selected Publications

  • Elected Co-chair of the Standards of Care - 8thEdition of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH).
  • Co-chair of the 25thBiennial International Conference of WPATH, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2-6 November 2018.
  • Elected member of the International Academy of Sex Research (IASR).
  • Member of the European Society of Sexual Medicine (ESSM)
  • Elected member of the Eating Disorders Research Society (EDRS).
  • Associate Editor European Eating Disorders Review. This is one of the main academic 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 for Transgender Health (EPATH) meeting (Serbia, 2017).
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) meeting (Buenos Aires, 2018).
  • Invited key note lecture Spanish Association of Eating Disorders Annual Meeting, Barcelona, Spain (2017).
  • Invited speaker at the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM), Nice, France (2017).
  • Invited key note lecture at the Nordic Association of Clinical Sexology, Trondheim, Norway (NACS) (2017)

Current Research

Prof. Jon Arcelus is particularly interested in social psychiatry, exploring the role of society in mental health and wellbeing. Social psychiatry can be most effectively applied in preventing mental health problems and improving quality of life and wellbeing by educating individuals, families and society. This is particularly important in those at risk of mental health problems.

In this context, he has extensive experience in working clinically and academically with people at risk of developing mental health problems. He is currently working clinically in one of the busiest transgender health services in Europe, The Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

  1. Gender and sexuality research: He has lead numerous studies investigating the predictors of mental health problems in gender diverse 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. He is an elected member of the International Academy of Sex Research and European Society of Sexual Medicine. Prof. Arcelus has and is supervising PhD students in the field of gender and sexuality and he is open to discuss PhD possibilities with students interested in this area. Prof. Arcelus is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Transgenderism.

Regarding eating and body image: Prof. Arcelus has extensive experience in supervising under-graduate and post-graduate projects related to eating disorders with over 50 publications in the field of eating disorders. He has worked collaboratively with national and international research centres (e.g Sydney, New York). He has been an Associate Editor of the European Eating Disorders Reviewfor over 10 years and he is on the editorial board of the Journal of Eating disorders. Prof. Arcelus is an elected member of the Eating Disorders Research Society.

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