R. D. Hinshelwood

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Robert Douglas Hinshelwood (born 1938) is a Professor of Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex in England. Originally trained as a Doctor and psychiatrist, he has taken an interest in the Therapeutic Community movement since 1974, and was founding editor of The International Journal of Therapeutic Communities (in 1980), having edited. with Nick Manning, Therapeutic Communities: Reflections and Progress (1979, London: Routledge)

He qualified as a psychoanalyst in 1976, and the same year took up the post of Consultant Psychotherapist at St Bernard's Hospital in London (now St Bernard's Wing, Ealing Hospital). He was Clinical Director of the Casel Hospital in Richmond, between 1993-1997.

In 1984 he founded the British Journal of Psychotherapy, and edited it for 10 years. In 1999 he founded the Journal Psychoanalysis and History. Around this time he became a part of the Free Associations Group (founded by Bob Young and others) which ran the Journal Free Associations, and with Mike Rustin at the University of East London put on the 'Psychoanalysis and Public Sphere' conferences in the 1990s.

He published A Dictionary of Kleinian Thought (1989, London: Free Associations), and Clinical Klein in 1994. Both books have been widely translated, and have had an influence on the development of Kleinian ideas within international psychoanalysis (this recognised by the Melanie Klein Trust, whose website includes a page on Hinshelwood - http://www.melanie-klein-trust.org.uk/hinshelwood)

He has pursued an interest in the application of psychoanalytic ideas in social science, and especially concerning mental health institutions (2000 Thinking about Institutions. London:Whurr; and Suffering Insanity, 2004, London: Routledge); and published, with Wilhelm Skogstad Observing Organisations (2000, London: Routledge), a psychoanalytic observation method for exposing unconscious dynamics in social organisations.

Retiring from the NHS in 1997, he became Professor at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex where he was the supervising tutor for Josh Holmes son of Jeremy Holmes psychotherapist(http://www.essex.ac.uk/cps/staff/profile.aspx?ID=439 ). In 2102 he was Visiting Professor at the Committee for Social Thought, University of Chicago. More recently, after more than a decade of teaching research methodology to postgraduates and research students, he published Research on the Couch; Single Case Studies, Subjectivity and Psychoanalytic Knowledge (2013, London: Routledge) which addresses the complications of experiments and evidence in the 'subjective science' of psychoanalysis.

A fuller list of his publications is available at his website -- http://www.RDHinshelwood.net