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Dr Jacinta Tan is a research psychiatrist and medical ethicist. A Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Swansea University Medical School, she is also an honorary consultant psychiatrist in the Adult Tier 3 Specialist Eating Disorder Team of the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.

A multidisciplinary academic with degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, Child Health and Sociology, Jacinta spent many years researching mental capacity in anorexia nervosa at the University of Oxford.

Jacinta now conducts eating disorder research and leads the Ethics component of the Graduate Entry Medical School syllabus at Swansea University. Jacinta has conducted research into the ethics of eating disorders in elite gymnasts, is collaborating with the University of Oxford to research the ethics of deep brain stimulation for severe anorexia nervosa, and is researching the treatment of eating disorders of all ages in Wales. She is also one of the founding and now senior editors of the BioMed Central open access e-journal, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health.

In Wales, clinical services for adult eating disorders are relatively newly established and there is little prior research in eating disorders in Wales. Jacinta is particularly proud to be the founder and convenor of the Welsh Eating Disorder Research Development Group. This group, which was set up through funding by the Mental Health Research Network Cymru, brings together NHS clinicians across Wales, researchers, the third sector, patients, and carers to develop research for eating disorders in Wales. Her vision as the sole eating disorder clinical academic in Wales is to co-develop interdisciplinary eating disorder research together with these partners, which examines issues at the coalface of treatment and thereby directly improves healthcare for eating disorders across the lifespan in Wales.

Areas of Expertise

  • eating disorders
  • medical ethics
  • child and adolescent psychiatry
  • decision-making capacity


  1. Cave, E., Tan, J. Severe and Enduring Anorexia Nervosa in the Court of Protection in England and Wales International Journal of Mental Health and Capacity Law 2017 23 4
  2. Park, R., Singh, I., Pike, A., Tan, J. Deep Brain Stimulation in Anorexia Nervosa: Hope for the Hopeless or Exploitation of the Vulnerable? The Oxford Neuroethics Gold Standard Framework Frontiers in Psychiatry 8
  3. Bloodworth, A., McNamee, M., Tan, J. Autonomy, eating disorders and elite sport: Ethical and conceptual issues. Sport, Education and Society 1 12
  4. Tor, P., Tan, J., Tan, J. Qualities of a good Singaporean psychiatrist: Qualitative differences between psychiatrists and patients Asia-Pacific Psychiatry 7 2 135 142
  5. Schildmann, J., Tan, J., Salloch, S., Vollmann, J., Tan, J. In Reply The Oncologist 18 9 1059 1059

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