Dr David Bell is a Consultant Psychiatrist in the Adult Department at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust where is Director of Postgraduate Training and leads a specialist service (the Fitzjohn's Unit) for the more complex cases. He lectures and publishes widely on various subjects including the historical development of psychoanalytic concepts (Freud, Klein and Bion) and the psychoanalytic understanding of severe disorders. For his entire professional career he has deeply involved himself in interdisciplinary studies (the relation between psychoanalysis and literature, philosophy and socio-political theory). He has written numerous papers and chapters in books/monographs, edited two books, Reason and Passion and Psychoanalysis and Culture and written one small book Paranoia. He is also one of the UK's leading psychiatric experts in asylum and immigration. In 2012 he took up the position of Professorial Fellow at Birkbeck College. He is a former President of The Brisish Psychoanalytic Society.