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Director, Squiggle Foundation, University of Manchester

Professor Adrian Sutton is Director of The Squiggle Foundation, Visiting Professor of Psychiatry at Gulu University, Uganda, and holds honorary appointments at Manchester University Medical School & Humanitarian & Conflict Response Institute. His work is now focussed on educational activities relating to child and family mental health and medical education having retired from clinical practice two years ago.

Over a period of more than 30 years in clinical practice and teaching, Professor Sutton has gained experience in the problems faced by displaced people, including refugees and asylum seekers, some of whom have experienced extreme violence: since 2011 he has been involved with a partnership supporting the establishment and consolidation of the new medical school in Gulu, Northern Uganda.

He has worked in secondary and tertiary services, providing clinical care alongside support to primary care services, social services and education services having specialised in Infant, Child & Family Psychiatry after initial training in Medicine. He was a Director of Studies and Academic Lead for Ethics & Law at Manchester Medical School as well as undertaking responsibilities in postgraduate training of doctors and other health care professionals in the NHS. Adrian Sutton has also worked closely with the Family Courts as an Expert Witness and through his work relating to the impact of parental violence, including spouse-to spouse violence, on children. His publications reflect the breadth of this clinical, training and educational experience and in 2013 he published a book on the emotional care of children with physical health problems. His recent work in Uganda has been with parents, carers, welfare professionals and clinicians involved with children and adolescents who have experienced major mental health problems and many of whom have experienced extreme violence and deprivation.


  • –present
    Research Fellow in Humanitarian & Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester