Alan Carson is a Consultant Neuropsychiatrist and part-time Senior Lecturer.
Alan is a Consultant Neuropsychiatrist and Lead Clinician with the Scottish Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation Unit.
Dr Carson graduated in Medicine from Edinburgh University in 1991 and completed basic Psychiatry training at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Following six months as a Wellcome Research Fellow examining the cognitive effects of HIV infection in a Kenyan population, he was Lecturer and Honorary Senior Registrar in Psychiatry at University of Edinburgh.
During this time he developed his interest in neuropsychiatry and was trained by Professor Michael Sharpe, Professor David Owens and Professor Charles Warlow. He was subsequently appointed Consultant Neuropsychiatrist to Rehabilitation Medicine at the Astley Ainslie Hospital and to the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the Western General Hospital.
He was an original grant holder for the development of the Scottish Mental Health Research Network.
Dr Carson general interest is in disorders that lie at the borderland between clinical psychiatry and neurology. He is particularly interested in the inter-relationship between brain, behaviour and health beliefs. Clinically he runs a neurorehabilitation service that specialises in behavioural modification following brain injury but from a research perspective he has used similar principles to examine and treat functional neurological symptoms.
He was principle investigator of the Scottish Neurological Symptoms Study. He has a longstanding collaboration with Dr Jon Stone, Consultant Neurologist. He also has involvement in studies in behavioural complications of stroke, head injury and brain tumours. External collaborators include Mark Edwards, Laura Goldstein, Michael Sharpe, Markus Reuber, Jon Mellers, Richard Kanaan, Tim Nicholson and Tony David.
Clinical research impact includes: