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Professor Edgar Jones

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Edgar Jones is an authority on the psychological effects of modern war and conflict. He has studied both conventional armed forces and terrorism, exploring how individuals cope during periods of intense stress and the impact of traumatic experiences on their wellbeing. More recently he has researched moral injury, an enduring belief of being wronged or having been compelled to act in ways that feel wrong, in servicemen and women. Edgar Jones has also published on risk factors for radicalisation and support of political violence. He has written extensively on shell shock, post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic multi-symptom illness suffered as a result of military service. The author of a number of reports for government and military or mental health charities, his work seeks to shape policy and practice. 

Edgar Jones originally studied history, researching a doctorate at Nuffield College, Oxford. He subsequently joined the department of psychiatry at Guy's Hospital where he completed a doctorate in clinical psychopathology and trained as a psychodynamic psychotherapist. Joining the Institute of Psychiatry in 1998, he is currently programme leader for the MSc in War and Psychiatry at King's College London. 

Edgar Jones serves on the editorial boards of the British Journal of Psychiatry and History of Psychiatry. He was a founding trustee of Careif, the mental health charity, and served both as its Honorary Treasurer and Chairman. As a consultant, he has contributed to a wide range of television documentaries and as an expert commentator for news programmes on the psychological impact of war and conflict.



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