Interdisciplinary Review of General, Forensic, Prison and Military Psychiatry and Psychology and the related subjects of Behavior and Law with the occasional notes and comments by Michael Novakhov, M.D. (Mike Nova).
Sunday, July 1, 2012
CBMH Editorial: Tradition versus empiricism in the current DSM-5 proposal for revising the classification of personality disorders - John Livesley
Tradition versus empiricism in the
current DSM-5 proposal for revising the classification of personality
Dr. John Livesley is Professor Emeritus at the University of
British Columbia having previously been Professor and at one time Head of the
Department of Psychiatry. He obtained a Ph.D in psychology from the University
of Liverpool in 1969 and a medical degree from the same university in 1974.
Subsequently, he trained in psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh. He has
held academic appointments in psychology at the University of Liverpool and in
psychiatry at the Universities of Edinburgh and Calgary. Dr. Livesley’s
research focuses on the classification, assessment, and aetiology of personality
disorders and the development of an integrated approach to treatment. He is a
Fellow the Royal Society of Canada and editor of the Journal of Personality
Disorders. He has served as advisor to the DSM-III-R and DSM-IV and is a member
of the DSM-V Working Group on the classification of personality disorder. He has
made empirical and theoretical contributions to the literature on personality
disorder including several books: Practical Management of Personality Disorder
(2003) and three edited books – DSM-IV Personality Disorders (1995), the
Handbook of Personality Disorders (2001), and Severe Personality Disorders
(2007; co-edited with Bert van Luyn and Solaman Akthar).