Professor Felicity Callard, MA (Oxon), MA (Sus), PhD (Johns Hopkins)
Please note that Felicity Callard is currently on research leave.
Felicity Callard is Professor in Social Science for Medical Humanities; her departmental home is geography. She has a background in both the humanities and the social sciences: she took a first class degree in geography at the University of Oxford, before moving to the University of Sussex to take a masters degree in English (Critical Theory) and a doctorate split across geography and the humanities at Johns Hopkins University. Her research sits at intersection of the social sciences and the humanities -- and specifically addresses twentieth- and twenty-first century psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis and cognitive neuroscience.
From October 2014 to December 2016, Felicity was Director of Hubbub -- the first interdisciplinary residency of the Hub at Wellcome Collection -- where she led a team of approximately 40 people on a project on rest and its opposites in mental health, cognitive neuroscience, the arts and the everyday. To find out more about Hubbub, click here.
She is Editor-in-Chief of History of the Human Sciences.
Felicity is currently working on two book projects. The first addresses the history of experimental investigations of daydreaming, fantasty and mind wandering across the human sciences. The second considers the twentieth-century historical geography of clinical research on anxiety. Her research includes analyses of early clinical pharmacological research in the US (pursued by Max Fink and Donald Klein at The Hillside Hospital) and on behavioral therapeutic interventions for anxiety and phobias.
Felicity also has strong interests in practices, epistemologies and histories of interdisciplinarity (as manifested in her co-authored, Open Access book, Rethinking Interdisciplinarity across the Social Sciences and Neurosciences). She has been collaborating herself across the social sciences, humanities and life sciences for a number of years.
She has also worked independently as a researcher and consultant in mental health, and continues to participate in mental health policy at a European level. She has an honorary affiliation to the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London (where she is Chair of the Oversight Committee for the Clinical Record Interactive Search [which we believe to be Europe's largest de-identified database of mental health records]].
Honorary Visiting Researcher, Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, April 2012–
Post-doctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, 2011–2012
Senior Research Fellow, Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, 2007–2012
Lecturer in Human Geography, Queen Mary, University of London, 2003–2005
Lecturer in Human Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2001–2003
Activities & Interests
"Hubbub" at The Hub at Wellcome Collection
Felicity was Director of the first residency ("Hubbub") at The Hub at Wellcome Collection from October 2014 to December 2016. The Hub at Wellcome Collection is a flagship new space for interdisciplinary projects around health and wellbeing and Hubbub investigated the busyness of modern life. Bringing together a rich network of scientists, artists, humanists, clinicians, public health experts, broadcasters and public engagement professionals, the group explored states of rest and noise, tumult and stillness, and the health implications for lives increasingly lived in a hubbub of activity. They were awarded approximately £1 million to develop the project over two years. A 3-part documentary series on BBC Radio 4, "The Anatomy of Rest" (presented by Hubbub Associate Director Claudia Hammond), profiled research conducted by Hubbub.
Volkswagen Foundation: Second European Platform for Life Sciences, Mind Sciences and the Humanities
The Second European Platform comprises a multi-disciplinary group of researchers from across Europe who are clustered into research groups that are addressing - through interdisciplinary projects - problematics raised by recent developments in cognitive neuroscience. Felicity is one of the Principal Investigators of "Wandering Minds: Interdisciplinary Experiments on Spontaneous Thought".
NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health Committees
Chair, CRIS (Clinical Record Interactive Search) Oversight & Advisory Committee. This is the governance committee for CRIS, a research database composed of pseudonymised South London & Maudsley electronic medical records.
Public Engagement with Science / Patient & Public Involvement (PPI)
Felicity has been involved in a number of public engagement with science (PES) & Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) activities. She was part of the Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health team that collaborated with The Opera Group in its development of The Lion’s Face, a new opera that addresses Alzheimer’s disease (see: The Lion’s Face).
She has also worked within the Service User Research Enterprise at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London and has a long-standing interest in service user research in mental health.
- Cultural theory
- Emotion / Affect
- Medical Humanities
- Critical neuroscience
- Historical, geographical, sociological studies of psychiatry and mental health
Indicators of Esteem
- 2016: Wellcome Trust Humanities and Social Science Selection Panel:
- 2015: Editor-in-Chief, History of the Human Sciences:
- 2015: Member of Fellows Committee, MQ: Transforming Mental Health:
- 2014: Member of the AHRC Peer Review College:
- 2011: Chair of the Board of Trustees, Mental Disability Advocacy Center (MDAC) 2011–15:
- Lewis, Oliver & Callard, Felicity The World Psychiatric Association’s “Bill of Rights” A curious contribution to human rights. International Journal of Mental Health. 2017;46:157-167.
- Patel, R., Oduola, S., Callard, F., Wykes, T., Broadbent, M., Stewart, R., Craig, T. & McGuire, P. What proportion of patients with psychosis are willing to take part in research? A mental health electronic case register analysis. BMJ Open. 2017;7:e013113.
- Woodhead, C., Ashworth, M., Broadbent, B., Callard, F., Hotopf, M., Schofield, P., Soncul, M., Stewart, R.J. & Henderson, M.J. Cardiovascular disease treatment among patients with severe mental illness: a data linkage study between primary and secondary care. British Journal of General Practice. 2016;66:e374-e381.
- Molodynski, A., Khazaal, Y. & Callard, F. Coercion in mental healthcare: time for a change in direction. BJPsych International. 2016;13:1-3.
- Perera, G., Broadbent, M. Callard, F., Chang, C-K., Downs, J., Dutta, R., Fernandes, A., Hayes, R.D., Henderson, M., Jackson, R., Jewell, A., Kadra, G., Little, R., Pritchard, M. Shetty, H., Tulloch, A. & Stewart, R. Cohort profile of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Biomedical Research Centre (SLaM BRC) Case Register: current status and recent enhancement of an Electronic Mental Health Record-derived data resource. BMJ Open. 2016;6:e008721.
- Reeder, C., Pile, V., Crawford, P., Cella, M., Rose, D., Wykes, T., Watson, A., Huddy, V. & Callard, F. The Feasibility and Acceptability to Service Users of CIRCuiTS, a Computerized Cognitive Remediation Therapy Programme for Schizophrenia. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy. 2016;44:288-305.
- Callard, F. The Intimate Geographies of Panic Disorder: Parsing Anxiety through Psychopharmacological Dissection. Osiris. 2016;31:203-226.
- Robotham, D., Riches, S.R., Perdue, I., Callard, F., Craig, T., Rose, D. & Wykes, T. Consenting for contact? Linking electronic health records to a research register within psychosis services, a mixed method study. BMC Health Services Research. 2015;15:199.
- Callard, F., Fitzgerald, D. & Woods, A. Interdisciplinary collaboration in action: tracking the signal, tracing the noise. Palgrave Communications. 2015;1:15019.
- Fitzgerald, D. & Callard, F. Social Science and Neuroscience beyond Interdisciplinarity: Experimental Entanglements. Theory, Culture & Society. 2015;32:3-32.
- Hawkins, H., Cabeen, L., Callard, F., Castree, N., Daniels, S., DeLyser, D., Munro Neely, H. & Mitchell, P. What Might GeoHumanities Do? Possibilities, Practices, Publics, and Politics. GeoHumanities. 2015;1:211-232.
- Callard, F., Broadbent, M., Denis, M., Hotopf, M., Soncul, M., Wykes, T., Lovestone, S. & Stewart, R. Developing a new model for patient recruitment in mental health services: a cohort study using Electronic Health Records. BMJ Open. 2014;4:e005654.
- Callard, F. & Fitzgerald, D. Experimental control: What does it mean for a participant to ‘feel free’?. Consciousness and Cognition. 2014;27:231-232.
- Woods, A., Jones, N., Bernini, M., Callard, F., Alderson-Day, B., Badcock, J., Bell,V., Cook, C., Csordas, T., Humpston, C., Krueger, J., Larøi, F., McCarthy-Jones, S., Moseley, P., Powell, H., Raballo, A., Smailes, D. & Fernyhough, C. Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Phenomenology of Auditory Verbal Hallucinations. Schizophrenia Bulletin. 2014;40:S246-S254.
- Callard, F. Psychiatric diagnosis: the indispensability of ambivalence. Journal of Medical Ethics. 2014;40:526-530.
- Laker, Caroline, Callard, Felicity, Flach, Clare, Williams, Paul, Sayer, Jane & Wykes, Til The challenge of change in acute mental health services: measuring staff perceptions of barriers to change and their relationship to job status and satisfaction using a new measure (VOCALISE). Implementation Science. 2014;9:23.
- Callard, Felicity & Margulies, Daniel What we talk about when we talk about the default mode network. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 2014;8:619.
- Fernandes, Andrea C., Cloete, Danielle, Broadbent, Matthew T.M., Hayes, Richard D., Chang, Chin-Kuo, Jackson, Richard G., Roberts, Angus, Tsang, Jason, Soncul, Murat, Liebscher, Jennifer, Stewart, Robert & Callard, Felicity Development and evaluation of a de-identification procedure for a case register sourced from mental health electronic records. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 2013;13:71.
- Callard, Felicity Justifying psychoanalysis. The British Journal of Psychiatry. 2013;203:390-391.
- Szmukler, George, Daw, Rowena & Callard, Felicity Mental health law and the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry. 2013;37:245-252.
- Callard, Felicity, Smallwood, Jonathan, Golchert, Johannes & Margulies, Daniel S. The era of the wandering mind? Twenty-first century research on self-generated mental activity. Frontiers in Psychology. 2013;4:891.
- Callard, F., Rose, D. & Wykes, T. Close to the bench as well as at the bedside: involving service users in all phases of translational research. Health Expectations. 2012;15:389-400.
- Callard, F., Smallwood, J. & Margulies, D.S. Default positions: how neuroscience’s historical legacy has hampered investigation of the resting mind. Frontiers in Psychology. 2012;3:321.
- Callard, F. Embracing patient choice. British Journal of Psychiatry. 2012;201:493-494.
- Callard, F., Rose, D., Hanif, E.L., Quigley, J., Greenwood, K. & Wykes, T. Holding blame at bay? ‘Gene talk’ in family members’ accounts of schizophrenia aetiology. BioSocieties. 2012;7:273-293.
- Fok, M.L.-Y., Hayes, R.D., Chang, C.-K., Stewart, R., Callard, F. & Moran, P. Life expectancy at birth and all-cause mortality among people with personality disorder. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 2012;73:104-107.
- Callard, F. & Rose, D. The mental health strategy for Europe: Why service user leadership in research is indispensable. Journal of Mental Health. 2012;21:219-226.
- Callard, F. The vicissitudes of the recovery construct; or, the challenge of taking “subjective experience” seriously. World Psychiatry. 2012;11:168–169.
- Ennis, L., Rose, D., Callard, F., Denis, M. & Wykes, T. Rapid progress or lengthy process? Electronic personal health records in mental health. BMC Psychiatry. 2011;11:117.
- Callard, F. & Margulies, D.S. The subject at rest: novel conceptualizations of self and brain from cognitive neuroscience's study of the 'resting state'. Subjectivity. 2011;4:227-257.
- Papoulias, C. & Callard, F. Biology's gift: interrogating the turn to affect. Body & Society. 2010;16:29-56.
- Wykes, T. & Callard, F. Diagnosis, diagnosis, diagnosis: towards DSM-5. Journal of Mental Health. 2010;19:301-304.
- Callard, F., Lovestone, S. & Pritchard, M. Giving dementia a voice. Mental Health Today. 2010;34-35.
- Stewart, R., Soremekun, M., Perera, G., Broadbent, M., Callard, F., Denis, M., Hotopf, M., Thornicroft, G. & Lovestone, S. The South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Biomedical Research Centre (SLAM BRC) case register: development and descriptive data. BMC Psychiatry. 2009;9:51.
- Callard, F. & Wykes, T. Mental health and perceptions of biomarker research - possible effects on participation. Journal of Mental Health. 2008;17:1-7.
- Callard, F. Editorial. Journal of Public Mental Health. 2007;6:2-5.
- Callard, F. Editorial. Journal of Public Mental Health. 2007;6:2-5.
- Callard, F. "The sensation of infinite vastness"; or, the emergence of agoraphobia in the late 19th century. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 2006;24:873-889.
- Callard, F Editorial. Journal of Public Mental Health. 2006;5:2-5.
- Callard, F Editorial. Journal of Public Mental Health. 2006;5:2-5.
- Callard, F. & Friedli, L. Community treatment. Mental Health Today. 2005;23-26.
- Callard, F. & Friedli, L. Imagine East Greenwich: evaluating the impact of the arts on health and well-being. Journal of Public Mental Health. 2005;4:29.
- Callard, F. Conceptualisations of agoraphobia: implications for mental health promotion. Journal of Public Mental Health. 2003;2:37.
- Callard, F. The taming of psychoanalysis in geography. Social & Cultural Geography. 2003;4:295.
- Callard, F. The body in theory. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 1998;16:387-400.
- Callard, F Disarmingly simple? negotiating the politics of academic practice. Journal of Geography in Higher Education. 1996;20:127-130.
- Callard, F. & Fitzgerald, D. Rethinking Interdisciplinarity across the Social Sciences and Neurosciences. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan; 2015.
- Callard, F., Sartorius, N., Arboleda-Flórez, J., Bartlett, P., Helmchen, H., Stuart, H., Taborda, J. & Thornicroft, G. Mental Illness, Discrimination and the Law: Fighting for social justice. Wiley-Blackwell; 2012.
Chapter in book
- Callard, Felicity Afterword: Mind, imagination, affect. In: Whitehead, Anne, Woods, Angela, Atkinson, Sarah, Macnaughton, Jane & Richards, Jennifer The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press; 2016:481-488.
- Alderson-Day, Ben & Callard, Felicity Altered States: Resting State and Default Mode as Psychopathology. In: Callard, Felicity, Staines, Kimberley & Wilkes, James The Restless Compendium: Interdisciplinary Investigations of Rest and Its Opposites. Palgrave; 2016:11–17.
- Callard, Felicity Daydream Archive. In: Callard, Felicity, Staines, Kimberley & Wilkes, James The Restless Compendium: Interdisciplinary Investigations of Rest and Its Opposites. Palgrave; 2016:35–41.
- Fitzgerald, Des & Callard, Felicity Entangling the medical humanities. In: Whitehead, Anne, Woods, Angela, Atkinson, Sarah, Macnaughton, Jane & Richards, Jennifer The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press; 2016:35-49.
- Callard, F. Consulting Rooms: Notes towards a historical geography of the psychoanalytic setting. In: Kingsbury, P. & Pile, S. Psychoanalytic Geographies. Ashgate; 2014.
- Papoulias, C. & Callard, F. The rehabilitation of the drive in neuropsychoanalysis: from sexuality to self-preservation. In: Kirchhoff, C. & Scharbert, G. Freuds Referenzen. Berlin: Kulturverlag Kadmos; 2012:189-215.
- Callard, F. Doreen Massey. In: Hubbard, P. & Kitchin, R. Key Thinkers on Space and Place. Sage; 2011:299-306.
- Callard, F. Iris Marion Young. In: Hubbard, P. & Kitchin, R. Key Thinkers on Space and Place. Sage; 2011:483-490.
- Callard, F. & Papoulias, C. Affect and embodiment. In: Radstone, S. & Schwarz, B. Memory: Histories, theories, debates. Fordham University Press; 2010:246-262.
- Callard, F. Between legislation and bioethics: The European Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine. In: Helmchen, H. & Sartorius, N. Ethics in Psychiatry. Springer; 2010:73.
- Callard, F. & Margulies, D.S. The industrious subject: cognitive neuroscience's revaluation of 'rest'. In: Hauptmann, D. & Neidich, W. Cognitive Architecture: from bio-politics to noo-politics -- architecture and mind in the age of communication and information. 010 Publishers; 2010:324-345.
- Callard, F. Understanding agoraphobia: women, men, and the historical geography of urban anxiety. In: Berkin, C., Pinch, J. & Appel, C. Exploring Women's Studies: Looking forward, looking back. Prentice Hall; 2006:201-217.
- Callard, F. & Kerbel, J. Indoor garden for agoraphobe. In: Driver, F., Nash, C., Prendergast, K. & Swenson, I. Landing: Eight Collaborative Projects between Artists and Geographers. Department of Geography, Royal Holloway; 2002.
- Callard, Felicity, Staines, Kimberley & Wilkes, James The Restless Compendium: Interdisciplinary Investigations of Rest and Its Opposites. Palgrave Macmillan; 2016.
- Callard, F. Don't stop daydreaming – it sets your mind to work. The Guardian. 2014.
- Callard, F. Schizophrenia does talk of genes and brains really stop a mother's blame?. Huffington Post UK. 2012.
- Callard, F., Main, L., Myers, F. & Pynnonen, A.M. Stigma: A Guidebook for Action. 2008.
- Callard, F., Main, L., Myers, F. & Pynnonen, A.M. Stigma: An international briefing paper. 2008.
- 2016: The Hubbub Hub at the Wellcome Collection - Enhancement Funding (£76515.00 from Wellcome Trust)
- 2015: Wandering Minds: Interdisciplinary Experiments on Self-Generated Thought (£145259.40 from VolkswagenStiftung)
- 2014: The Hubbub Hub at Wellcome Collection (£491563.00 from Wellcome Trust)
- 2014: The Hububb Hub at Wellcome Collection (£252652.00 from The Wellcome Trust)