OpenCampus Tea-Time Talk - ‘From superego to super gut: Transitioning from psychoanalysis to psychobiology in understanding the relationship of food to reproductive mental wellbeing’
Speaker: Professor Colin R. Martin, Professor of Perinatal Mental Health, University of Hull.
Reflecting on the early historical psychodynamic references of food in relation to mental disorder, Professor Martin will look at more recent perspectives on the food-mental wellbeing relationship and in particular, explore this relationship within the context of reproductive mental wellbeing, the brain and the gut. He will also discuss his latest book that is very much related to this area, Probiotics in Mental Health. Psychoanalysis has provided a unique insight into the functioning of the mind from both a theoretical and therapeutic perspective. Often overlooked, within the psychodynamic space, is the use of food as a metaphor for psychological distress and disturbance. Interestingly, within contemporary models of psychiatric theory and practice, the role of food as a crucial component of good mental health is underplayed.
Colin R. Martin is Professor of Perinatal Mental Health. He has published or has in press well over 250 research papers and book chapters. He has an enduring interest in perinatal mental health and well-being and developed the Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R), an outcome measure now recommended for global use by the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) in the Pregnancy and Childbirth Standard Set, and the derivative Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised Indicator (BSS-RI) which was used in the National Maternity Survey.
He is a keen book author and editor having written and/or edited several books all of which reflect his diverse academic and clinical interests that examine in-depth, the interface between mental health and physical health. These outputs include the Handbook of Behavior, Food and Nutrition (2011), Scientific Basis of Healthcare: AIDS and Pregnancy (2012), Perinatal Mental Health: A Clinical Guide (2012), Nanomedicine and the Nervous System (2012), and the major reference works Comprehensive Guide to Autism (2014), Diet and Nutrition in Dementia and Cognitive Decline (2015), Comprehensive Guide to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (2016), Metabolism and Pathophysiology of Bariatric Surgery: Nutrition, Procedures, Outcomes and Adverse Effects (2017) and Probiotics in Mental Health (2018).
Free Admission, all welcome. Booking is required.