Estela V. Welldon, MD DSc (Hon) FRCPsych, is an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Psychotherapy at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust.
Born in Mendoza, Argentina, she studied Medicine at Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. She founded (and has been elected Honorary President for Life) of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy in 1991.
She works privately as a psychoanalytical psychotherapist and organizational consultant. She is a Member of the British Association for Psychotherapy, the British Psychoanalytic Council, the Institute of Group Analysis, the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the International Association of Group Psychotherapy.
Welldon is the author of Mother Madonna Whore, the Idealization and Denigration of Motherhood (Free Association Books, 1988, ISBN 1-892746-62-X) and Sadomasochism (2002, ISBN 1-84046-378-3). Welldon was the primary editor of A Practical Guide to Forensic Psychotherapy (1997, ISBN 1-85302-389-2).
In 1997, Welldon was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Sciences from Oxford Brookes University in recognition of work developing and promoting forensic psychotherapy.