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Prof. Sheila Baroness HOLLINS




Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords, Chair of British Medical Association Board of Science, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Executive Chair of Beyond Words and mother of four.


As a consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist from 1982 to 2006, working with children and adults with intellectual disabilities, including those who have been sexually abused and/ or have abused others


Baroness Hollins was born in England and is married, with four children and four grandchildren. She is an independent crossbench life peer in the House of Lords, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry of Disability at St George's University of London, and Honorary Professor of Spirituality, Theology and Health in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Durham.


She has received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Durham, London, Sheffield, Bath and Worcester in the UK and from the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne as well as the Bronze medal of the Institute of St Martin in Florence for her work in the disability field. She has been a clinical specialist, researcher and policy maker in mental health and published both scientific papers, books and accessible patient materials on the subjects of abuse and mental health.


In 1989 she founded the long running Books Beyond Words series of picture books for young people and adults with intellectual disabilities, which includes titles on sexual abuse, domestic violence, criminal justice, mental health and counselling. Baroness Hollins served as Chair of the World Health Organisation Euro Steering Group on the health and wellbeing of children with intellectual disabilities (2008), President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (2005-2008), President of the British Medical Association (2012-2013) and Chair of the Board of Science of the British Medical Association (2013- 2016).


She is currently President of the College of Occupational Therapists in the U.K. In 2011 she was assistant to Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor who was one of the Visitators for the Apostolic Visitation of dioceses and seminaries in Ireland. She currently chairs the Scientific Advisory Committee at the Centre for Child Protection of the Institute of Psychology of the Pontifical Gregorian University. She was appointed a member of the Commission in 2014.