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Prof. Sheila Baroness HOLLINS

Professor Sheila Baroness Hollins

United Kingdom

Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords, Chair of British Medical Association Board of Science

Prof. Sheila the Baroness Hollins (England, currently living in London) has worked as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist with children and adults with intellectual disabilities including those who have been sexually abused, and is a life peer in the House of Lords.

Baroness Hollins was born in England and is married, with four children and four grandchildren. Sheila is an independent crossbench peer in the House of Lords, Chair of the Board of Science of the British Medical Association, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry of Disability at St George’s University of London, and Honorary Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Durham.  She has received honorary doctorates in Medicine, Divinity, Science and Laws, and the Bronze medal of the Institute of St Martin in Florence for her work in the disability field. She has been a clinical specialist, researcher and policy maker in mental health and published both scientific papers and accessible patient materials on the subject of abuse and mental health. In 1989 she founded the long running Books Beyond Words series of picture books for non readers which includes two picture books on sexual abuse. Sheila has also served as Chair of the World Health Organisation Euro Steering Group on the health and wellbeing of children with intellectual disabilities (2008), President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (2005-2008) and President of the British Medical Association (2012-2013). In 2011 she was assistant to Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor during the Vatican Visitation to the Diocese of Armagh in Ireland.

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