Dr Feakins grew up in Ireland, received his medical degree there in 1992, and thenreturned to his birth country of England to start training in psychiatry. In the Royal London Hospitals training scheme, he developed particular interests in mentally disordered offenders, intensive care psychiatry, rehabilitation psychiatry, and psychodynamic psychotherapy. He attained Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1998, and completed training in 2001.
In senior positions, he has sought a broad range of experience. He has looked after acute and rehabilitation patients, managed an intensive care unitfor 3 years, and also spent 2 years working in British prisons. He has acted as independent expert in a number of low profile trials of mentally disordered offenders.
Dr Feakins has a small number of publications in the fieldsof personality disorder and rehabilitation psychiatry. Teaching has always occupied a central part of his career. He currently finds that all of his interests are met in the position of Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Queens. There, he looks after the Community High Intensity Treatment Team, for patients with unusually complex problems, and teaches at Queen’s. He is completing a research project piloting the use of a motion activated games console in the treatment of the negative symptoms of schizophrenia, and collaborating with residents on a small number of other projects.
In his spare time he enjoys maintaining and running vintage cars, and learning the Canadian lifestyle