Professor Simon Dein

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Position Visiting Professor
Department Anthropology
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Professor Simon Dein

Professor Simon Dein is a consultant psychiatrist in Essex UK specializing in rehabilitation and liaison psychiatry. He holds a PhD in social anthropology from University College London where he currently teaches as a Senior Lecturer. He is an honorary clinical professor at Durham University where he runs an MSc in Spirituality, Theology and Health. He has written widely on religion and health among Hasidic Jews, Evangelical Christians and Sunni Muslims in the UK. He is founding editor of the journal Mental Health, Religion and Culture. He is Chair of the spirituality section of the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry.He is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Spirituality and Psychiatry SIG Executive Committee

Academic Qualifications: 
FRCPsych 2014

PhD 1999



Psychological Perspectives in Anthropology

Psychology and Anthropology 


Research Interests


Professional projects:

I currently research


Religious healing in Pentecostalism

Mental Health and Islam

Prophecy and Jewish Millennialism

Psychology of Atheism


Featured Publications:

Authored Books


Dein S Culture and Psyche: Theoretical Paradigms and Contemporary Themes in Psychological Anthropology. London:  Ubiquity Press (in press)


Dein S (2011) Lubavitcher Messianism: What Really Happens When Prophecy Fails.  London: Continuum


Dein, S (2005) Culture and Cancer Care: Anthropological Insights in Oncology Buckingham: Open University Press. pp 186


Dein, S (2004) Religion and Healing Among the Lubavitch Community in Stamford Hill, North London: A case study of Hasidism: Lewiston: The Edwin Mellen Press pp271


Edited Books


Littlewood, R and Dein, S (2000) Cultural Psychiatry and Medical Anthropology London: The Athlone Press. pp398