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Dr John Crichton

Honorary Professor

BMedSci, BMBS, PhD, MRCPsych

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Dr John Crichton is an Honorary Professor at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh, and consultant forensic psychiatrist at the Orchard Clinic, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Scotland’s first medium secure unit.

After studying psychology and medicine at Nottingham University, John Crichton completed initial training in Psychiatry at Cambridge. At the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, he completed a PhD investigating the management of violence and other challenging behaviour involving psychiatric inpatients.

John Crichton has published over 40 peer reviewed papers and book chapters, and edited the book Psychiatric Patient Violence: Risk and Response. He has held the post of Medical Director of the Forensic Network and State Hospitals’ Board for Scotland.