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Consultant Child and Adolescent PsychiatristBA (hons) Physiological Sciences (Oxon), MB BS (London), FRANZCP, Cert. Child Adol. Psych (RANZCP), Postgraduate Certificate in Family and Systemic Therapies (Otago)

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Francis is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, medical educator and early career researcher.

He studied medicine in the UK at Oxford University and the Royal Free Medical School (London), relocating to New Zealand in 2002. After 5 years working in Paediatrics he trained in Psychiatry.

Francis currently works as a Community Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in the Wellington region. He works with all ages, with particular interest in neurodiversity and family systems. Previous clinical roles have been wide-ranging, including Paediatric Consultant-Liaison Psychiatry, Youth Forensic Psychiatry and work with the Ministry of Health Mental Health Directorate. He is a member of the RANZCP Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's NZ and Binational Committees.

As a senior lecturer in the Department, he is responsible for the 5th year Medical student MB ChB module in Psychological Medicine and involved in Psychiatry Registrar training for Fellowship. He is dedicated to providing engaging, stimulating and quality learning and a member of the Academy of Medical Educators.

He is actively involved in service-user co-produced research and part of the Department's World of Difference Research Leadership team. His other key areas of research interest align with his clinical and teaching role, including nature and its interface with mental health and neurodiversity (such as ADHD and autism), and medical education. Other current research projects and collaborations include telehealth, COVID‑19, parenting interventions, youth suicide, DBT and autonomy.


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