Tania Gergel
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Research interests

Tania is currently PI on a project to create a series of free and accessible educational videos about mental health Advance Choice Documents (advnance directives).  This is a continuation of her work as a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow on the Mental Health and Justice research project, where she co-lead research on 'advance directives' in bipolar, including clinical initiatives; advising policy makers on mental health law reform, legal developments and exploring the relationship between personal identity and illness.  She also works with the McPin Foundation to coordinate patient and public involvement. 

Although Tania’s academic background was in ancient philosophy, her research now focuses on mental health, ethics and law / philosophy of medicine, with areas of interest including: advance decision-making and decision making-capacity; the ethics of coercion and leverage within psychiatry; personal identity and mental disorder; phenomenology and stigma.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Style and its Function: the Poetics of Argument in Plato’s Phaedo, King's College London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

Master of Arts, UCL University College London

Award Date: 1 Jan 1996


  • B Philosophy (General)
  • Philosophy of medicine, Ancient Philosophy
  • PA Classical philology
  • Style, rhetoric
  • R Medicine (General)
  • Philosophy, ethics, psychiatry


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