Robert Priest is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of London, and Honorary Consultant at St Mary's Hospital in London.
During more than thirty-five years of specialized research and patient care, he has won, among many other international distinctions, the A.E. Bennett Award from the United States Society for Biological Psychiatry, and the Gutheil Von Domarus Award from the Association for the Advancement of Psychotherapy and American Journal of Psychotherapy, New York. He has been President of the Society of Psychosomatic Research, and a Member of the Council of the British Association for Psychopharmacology. He was Vice-President of the International College of Psychiatrists, and Chairman of the Mental Health Group in the British Medical Association. He was recently Senator and Chairman of the Board of Studies in Medicine at the University of London.
Professor Priest is a member of the editorial boards of a number of specialist journals and is author of over 200 scientific articles. He is well known around the world and has lectured widely in North and South America, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Professor Priest is married with two sons and, in what little spare time if left to him, keeps active with squash, tennis, jogging and swimming.