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. Having previously taught at University College London and been a senior research fellow at the LSE, Edgar Jones joined the Institute of Psychiatry in January 1998. He was awarded the Gideon de Laune Gold Medal by the Faculty of the History and Philosophy of Medicine, Society of Apothecaries in 2007, and received a President’s Medal for a significant contribution to improving the lives of people with mental illness from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2015.
- The psychiatry and psychology of conflict and war
- The psychology of terrorism and radicalisation
- History of psychiatry
I am a member of King’s Centre for Military Health Research.
Expertise and Public Engagement
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.
Jones, E. & Stone, J., 2020, In : Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. 50, p. 436-43 Research output: Contribution to journal - Article
Jones, E., Nov 2020, In : The Lancet Psychiatry. 7, 11, p. 991-996 6 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Review article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2215-0366(20)30342-4
Bhui, K., Otis, M., Halvorsrud, K., Freestone, M. & Jones, E., 1 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1177/0004867420944520
Jones, E., Apr 2020, In : The English Historical Review. 135, 573, p. 517-19 Research output: Contribution to journal - Book/Film/Article review
Ahearn, E. R., Bhui, K. & Jones, E., 1 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Transcultural Psychiatry. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1177/1363461520933755
Bhui, K., Otis, M., Halvorsrud, K., Freestone, M. & Jones, E., Jul 2020, In : The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article
Chui, Z., Fear, N., Greenberg, N., Jones, N., Jones, E. & Goodwin, L., 21 May 2020, In : Journal of Mental Health. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/09638237.2020.1766666
Williamson, V., Murphy, D., Stevelink, S., Jones, E., Wessely, S. & Greenberg, N., 2020, In : BMJ Military Health. bmjmilitary-2020-001534. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjmilitary-2020-001534
Argo, D., Fainstein, V., Jones, E. & Abramowitz, M., 1 Sep 2020, In : History Of Psychiatry. 31, 3, p. 341-350 10 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1177/0957154X20912133
Jones, E., Mar 2020, In : British Journal of Psychiatry. 216, 3, p. 127-128 2 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Review article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1192/bjp.2020.46