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Professor Mike Wang

Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology

School/Department: Psychology, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)7736 015 233

Email: MW125@leicester.ac.uk

Profile

I am Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology and former DClinPsy Course Director. I am a consultant clinical psychologist and clinical neuropsychologist having first qualified in 1980. Since 1988 I have taken a leading role in the training of clinical psychologists. I am the Founding Chair of the Association of Clinical Psychologists UK and a former Chair of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society. I was made Fellow of the BPS in 1990 and Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine in 2009. I was awarded the Humphry Davy Medal by the Royal College of Anaesthetists in 2015 for my contributions to the understanding and management of accidental awareness during general anaesthesia. I have been a member of two NICE committees related to anaesthesia and insomnia respectively. I hold visiting professorships with the University of Madras Chennai India; the Shaan’xi Normal University Xi’an China; the Ivan Petrovich Pavlov Medical University Ryazan Russia; and the Anamalai Medical College Anamalai India. I have more than 30 years’ experience of examining patients with traumatic or hypoxic brain injury for the UK courts.

Research

I have gained an international reputation for my research on cognitive and memory function during general anaesthesia as well as research on dementia. In 2004 I organized the 6th International Symposium on Memory and Awareness in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care - the foremost international forum for clinical research in this particular field. I have conducted research in operating theatre and hospital clinical environments on consciousness and psychological factors in patients undergoing surgery. I have published more than 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals and numerous book chapters. I have been an invited speaker at international conferences on more than 30 occasions. In collaboration with colleagues I have won more than £1.2 million in research funding primarily from the NHS and the European Union. I have supervised more than 40 doctoral research projects over the past 30 years. 

Publications

(0) Wang, M, Messina, A, Russell I  2012 
The topography of awareness: a classification of intra-operative cognitive states. 
Anaesthesia 67:1197-1201 
Wang, M, Deeprose, C, Andrade, J, Russell, I 2013 
Psychology in the operating theatre: What can general anaesthesia tell us about consciousness, learning and memory? 
The Psychologist 26: 498-5001
Russell, I., Wang, M. 2014 
Isolated forearm and consciousness 
Anaesthesia 69: 78-80
Pandit JJ, Andrade J, Bogod DG, Hitchman JM, Jonker WR, Lucas N, Mackay JH, Nimmo AF, O'Connor K, O'Sullivan EP, Paul RG, Palmer JH, Plaat F, Radcliffe JJ, Sury MR, Torevell HE, Wang M, Cook TM, 2014
5th National Audit Project (NAP5) on accidental awareness during general anaesthesia: protocol, methods, and analysis of data.
Br J Anaesth 113:540-548 
Pandit JJ, Andrade J, Bogod DG, Hitchman JM, Jonker WR, Lucas N, Mackay JH, Nimmo AF, O'Connor K, O'Sullivan EP, Paul RG, Palmer JH, Plaat F, Radcliffe JJ, Sury MR, Torevell HE, Wang M, Hainsworth J, Cook TM, 2014
5th National Audit Project (NAP5) on accidental awareness during general anaesthesia: summary of main findings and risk factors
Br J Anaesth 113:549-559 
Cook TM, Andrade J, Bogod DG, Hitchman JM, Jonker WR, Lucas N, Mackay JH, Nimmo AF, O'Connor K, O'Sullivan EP, Paul RG, Palmer JH, Plaat F, Radcliffe JJ, Sury MR, Torevell HE, Wang M, Hainsworth J, Pandit JJ, 2014
5th National Audit Project (NAP5) on accidental awareness during general anaesthesia: patient experiences, human factors, sedation, consent, and medicolegal issues.
Br J Anaesth 113:560-574 
Pandit JJ, Andrade J, Bogod DG, Hitchman JM, Jonker WR, Lucas N, Mackay JH, Nimmo AF, O'Connor K, O'Sullivan EP, Paul RG, Palmer JHM, Plaat F, Radcliffe JJ, Sury MRJ, Torevell HE, Wang M, Cook TM, 2014
The 5th National Audit Project (NAP5) on accidental awareness during general anaesthesia: protocol, methods and analysis of data
Anaesthesia 69:1078-1088 01 
Pandit JJ, Andrade J, Bogod DG, Hitchman JM, Jonker WR, Lucas N, Mackay JH, Nimmo AF, O'Connor K, O'Sullivan EP, Paul RG, Palmer JHM, Plaat F, Radcliffe JJ, Sury MRJ, Torevell HE, Wang M, Hainsworth J, Cook TM, 2014
The 5th National Audit Project (NAP5) on accidental awareness during general anaesthesia: summary of main findings and risk factors
Anaesthesia 69:1089-1101 01 
Cook TM, Andrade J, Bogod DG, Hitchman JM, Jonker WR, Lucas N, Mackay JH, Nimmo AF, O'Connor K, O'Sullivan EP, Paul RG, Palmer JHM, Plaat F, Radcliffe JJ, Sury MRJ, Torevell HE, Wang M, Hainsworth J, Pandit JJ, 2014
The 5th National Audit Project (NAP5) on accidental awareness during general anaesthesia: patient experiences, human factors, sedation, consent and medicolegal issues
Anaesthesia 69:1102-1116 01 
Pandit JJ, Russell IF, Wang M 2015
Interpretations of responses using the isolated forearm technique in general anaesthesia: a debate
Br. J. Anaesth. 115 (suppl 1): i32-i45 
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Supervision

Cognitive processing and consciousness during general anaesthesia sedation and surgical procedures; acquired brain injury and neuropsychology; faith and mental health; PTSD aetiology and treatment

Teaching

DClinPsy induction and block teaching: Diversity and Inclusion; History and Philosophy of Clinical Psychology; Depression (causes and treatment); Professional issues and regulation.

Press and media

Accidental awareness during General Anaesthesia; cognitive processing and consciousness during general anaesthesia sedation and surgical procedures; acquired brain injury and neuropsychology; faith and mental health; PTSD aetiology and treatment

Awards

Fellow of the British Psychological Society Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine Humphry Davy Medal (Royal College of Anaesthetists)

Conferences

Wang M 2016 50 years of professional psychology in the United Kingdom Proceedings of the International Psychological Applications Conference and Trends 2016 Lisbon 30.4.16-2.5.16 Wang M 2017 A model of consciousness Proceedings of the International Psychological Applications Conference and Trends 2017 Budapest 28.4.17 -30.4.17 Wang M 2018 A case of emergence paralysis Proceedings of the International Psychological Applications Conference and Trends 2018 Porto 4.5.18-6.5.18 Wang M 2019 What is a clinical psychologist? International perspectives Proceedings of the International Psychological Applications Conference and Trends 2019 Zagreb 4.5.19-6.5.19 Wang M 2020 The psychological response to Covid-19 Proceedings of the International Psychological Applications Conference and Trends 2020 online 25.4.20-27.4.20 

Media coverage

Trust me I’m a doctor BBC2 (1995) BBC1 Yorkshire local news interview (1999) The Today Programme Radio 4 interview (Edward Sturton) (2006) BBC4 Medical Mavericks (Michael Mosley)( 2007) British Film Premier of Awake (Hayden Christensen Jessica Alba) TV and radio interviews (2007) This Morning ITV interview (Phillip Schofield and Fern Brittan) (2008) Breakfast BBC Interview (Bill Turnbull and Sally Nugent) (2016) 

Qualifications

July 1978 B.Sc. (II:i hons.) Psychology University of Manchester October 1980 M.Sc. Clinical Psychology University of Manchester July 1991 Ph.D. Psychiatry University of Manchester July 1988 C. Psychol. British Psychological Society April 1999 F.B.Ps.S British Psychological Society April 1999 Registered Neuropsychologist British Psychological Society 
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