About Professor Middleton
Professor Warwick Middleton MB BS, FRANZCP, MD
Professor Middleton has had substantive ongoing involvement with research, writing, teaching (including workshops and seminar presentations), supervision, conference convening and the chairing of Medical Assessment Tribunals. He has made substantial and ongoing contributions to the bereavement and trauma literatures and was, with Dr Jeremy Butler, author of the first published series in the Australian scientific literature detailing the abuse histories and clinical phenomenology of patients fulfilling diagnostic criteria for Dissociative Identity Disorder. He was the first researcher to publish systematic research into ongoing incestuous abuse during adulthood.
Professor Warwick Middleton is a Fellow and Past President of the ISSTD, is Co-Chair of the ISSTD Membership Committee, and Vice-Chair of the ISSTD Scientific Committee. Prof Middleton chairs The Cannan Institute. In 1996 he was a principal architect in establishing Australia’s first dedicated unit treating dissociative disorders (the Trauma and Dissociation Unit, Belmont Hospital). He has authored many papers and book chapters and has been the co-editor of two books based on journal special issues.
He is in full-time private psychiatric practice and lives in Brisbane, Australia.
Warwick Middleton MB BS, FRANZCP, MD., holds appointments as Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, La Trobe University, School of Behavioral, Cognitive & Social Sciences, University of New England, Department of Psychology, University of Canterbury and, Associate Professor in Psychiatry, University of Queensland. He has made substantial and ongoing contributions to the bereavement and trauma literatures, and was with Dr Jeremy Butler author of the first published series in the Australian scientific literature detailing the abuse histories and clinical phenomenology of patients fulfilling diagnostic criteria for Dissociative Identity Disorder. He chairs The Cannan Institute as well as its research and conference organizing committees. In 1996 he was the principal architect in establishing Australia’s first dedicated unit treating dissociative disorders (the Trauma and Dissociation Unit, Belmont Hospital – Healthe Care) and he continues as its Director. He is the first researcher to ever do systematic research into ongoing incestuous abuse during adulthood. Dr Middleton has been in full time private practice since 1995.
He is a Fellow (2008) and Past President (2016) of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) and was in 2018, a recipient of that Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Other ISSTD awards include the Morton Prince Award for Scientific Achievement (2013), the Pierre Janet Award for Writing (2014), the President’s Award (2015), and the Distinguished Achievement Award (2017). In 2015 Dr Middleton was awarded the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Joan Lawrence Queensland Meritorious Service Award.
Dr Middleton was part of an editorial grouping, along with Vedat Sar and Martin Dorahy, that put together a Special issue of Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, “Individual and Societal Oppression: Global Perspectives on Dissociative Disorders”, that was published in 2013. An expanded and updated version of this Special Issue was published in 2014 in book-form as “Global Perspectives on Dissociative Disorders: Individual and Societal Oppression”, by Routledge.
Dr Middleton chaired an editorial grouping that put together a Special (double) Issue of the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation (“The Abused and the Abuser: Victim – Perpetrator Dynamics”), published in 2017 and published also in expanded and updated book-form in 2018 (Routledge).
Since 1986 Dr Middleton, via a range of organizations, has very regularly been involved in the organization of, or support for, training/educational events for health professionals. There have been many conferences, seminars, workshops and dinner-meetings, and these have involved a substantial number of collaborations.
Trauma & Dissociation Unit, Belmont Private Hospital, Brisbane
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD)