Russell Ainslie Meares
BiographyEmeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Sydney University. Trained at Maudsley and Bethlem Royal Hospitals, 1963 -1968, co-founding with Robert Hobson the Conversational Model of psychotherapy. Founder of academic department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, at the Austin Hospital 1969. Foundation Chair of Psychiatry of Sydney University at Westmead Hospital, 1981, Foundation President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy in 1989. About 250 scientific publications. Most recent books are: “Intimacy and Alienation”, 2000; “Metaphor of Play”, revised and enlarged edition, 2005, The Poet’s Voice in the Making of Mind, 2016. Awarded Distinguished Psychiatrist of the Year, at UCLA, 2007.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Russell Meares has established programs for the treatment of borderline personality disorder which have been taught across Australia. Faculties for these programs have been created at the University of Sydney and also within the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy, of which Russell Meares was the foundation president. Outcome studies of the university program have appeared in journals such as the American Journal of Psychiatry.
His major interests have been directed towards an understanding of the origins of borderline personality disorder and to the delineation of suitable methods of treatment for it. These explorations have been experiential, neuroscientific, and linguistic. The current NHMRC grant with Professor David Butt and Macquarie University is of a linguistic kind, and involves an attempt to characterize the essential linguistic structure of the beneficial therapeutic interplay between a borderline patient and the therapist.