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Research interests

Emma-Louise Jay’s research interests lie on the interface between psychological medicine and philosophy. She wrote her mixed-methods PhD on depersonalization at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London after completing her MSc. In the Philosophy of Mental Disorder at the same university writing her thesis on the same syndrome.


From 2013 – 2021 Emma lived and worked in Colombia where she took on the role of as post-doctoral psychologist at a leading creative arts university in Medellín – La Colegiatura Colombiana. There she co-developed a research centre focusing on research projects relating to the science of creativity, how we understand identification, and efforts towards developing social leader-led peace efforts in Colombia in the context of the 2016 Colombian peace accord. She also authors an imaginative blog which focuses mainly on issues relating to the Colombian political climate.


At the University of Brighton, Emma has taken on the role of Course Leader for the (Applied) Psychology program intake year (level 4), and also leads the module SS572 on Key Theoretical Foundations to Counselling and Psychotherapy. In this role she is enjoying teaching about the many different schools that inform the field of psychological medicine cross-culturally. She would like to broaden awareness of less-known therapies such as ‘Morita therapy’, ‘Logotherapy’ and 'Milton H. Ericksonian' hypnotherapy in her UK teaching.


Emma is also joint Ethics and Integrity Lead together with Rebecca Graber for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Brighton.


Emma’s research interests include existential psychology and psychotherapy, phenomenology, German idealism, dissociation, psychological medicine, critical psychology, psychoanalysis, hypnotherapy, the history of psychiatry, cross-cultural psychology and psychiatry, and most recently, political theory. She is the author of several peer-reviewed articles, a blog, and a body of narrative non-fiction, poetry and short stories.



The University of Brighton’s Centre of Resilience for Social Justice (CRSJ)

Supervisory Interests

Emma is particularly interested in supervising B. Sc., M. A. and Ph. D. theses on any aspect of dissociation and the philosophy of psychiatry and mental disorder. In addition, she is interested in the psychological trauma experienced by all victims of Colombia’s armed conflict including journalists, members of the resistance and writers. Bi-culturality and plural cultural identities also interest Emma.


She has also worked as a Research Assistant as part of the Service-User Research Enterprise and has an awareness of the anti-psychiatry and user movement philosophies.

Scholarly biography

Emma completed a B. A. (Hons.) degree in Philosophy at University College London (2005), an M. Sc. in the Philosophy of Mental Disorder at King’s College London (and the Tavistock Clinic) (2006), a P. G. Dip. In Psychology at Oxford Brookes University (2008) and a Ph. D. in Psychological Medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London (2013).

She was awarded a distinction in January 2023 for her P. G. Certificate in Academic Practice at the University of Brighton (2021 – 2022) where she was studying diverse pedagogies. Her thesis concerned how we address wellbeing concerns in undergraduates studying mental health related topics such as existential anxiety and beyond, and teaching best practice in this area.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice , University of Brighton

Sept 2021Nov 2022

Award Date: 1 Oct 2022 168hrs TEFL / TESOL

Feb 2021Aug 2021

Award Date: 31 Aug 2021

PhD, Cognitive and neural correlates of depersonalization disorder, King's College London


Award Date: 1 Jan 2014

Master, Psychology, Oxford Brookes University


Award Date: 9 Sept 2008

Bachelor, Philosophy, University College London


Award Date: 20 May 2005

Master, Philosophy of Mental Disorder, King's College London


External positions

'Ethical Method' English lessons for Colombia

Jan 2021 → …


  • B Philosophy (General)
  • BF Psychology
  • RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
  • JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
  • JZ International relations
  • R Medicine (General)


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