Our Professional Patrons


Professor Rory O’Connor – Director of the Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory

annemarieWe are absolutely delighted to announce that we are supporting, and being supported by, Professor Rory O’Connor.

Based in Glasgow, UK, Professor Rory O’Connor is the Director of the Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory, (the leading suicide and self-harm research group in Scotland), as well as the head of the mental health and wellbeing group there. He is also a member of the European Health Psychology Society, and the British Psychological Society’s Division of Health Psychology (and is an accredited Stage 2 health psychology supervisor). In addition, he sits on the Chief Scientist Office’s Health Services and Population Research Grants Committee, and the Scottish Government’s national suicide and self-harm implementation and monitoring group. Professor O’Connor has particular interests in the use of self-regulatory models across a range of mental health problems.


Dr Annemarie O’Connor – Clinical Psychologist

annemarieAnnemarie has over ten years experience of assessing, understanding and treating a range of diagnoses and psychological difficulties spanning mild to complex, Annemarie offers The Shaw Mind Foundation a great level of expertise and wealth of knowledge in these areas. She is also the co-author of our book ‘Pulling The Trigger; Body Image & Body Dysmorphic Disorder’.

Annemarie has worked within forensic services and has held down various NHS community services positions, treating adults with complex and chronic mental health problems. In addition to this she is also part of the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma (CADAT) team at the Maudsley Hospital (London). There she works as a national specialist treating people who have body image concerns or Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). She has a particular interest in complex anxiety presentations, perfectionism and communication skills.


Dr Az Hakeem – Consultant Psychiatrist

az-hakeem-linkedinAz completed his medical training at University College London and then trained in Psychiatry at The Royal Free Hospital, The Tavistock and Portman Clinics and West London Mental Health. In addition to training in Psychiatry he has also completed training as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist at The Tavistock and Portman Clinics, Mentalisation Based Therapy at The Anna Freud Centre and as a Group Analyst at The Institute of Group Analysis.

He has worked as a consultant in both Psychiatry and Psychotherapy throughout his consultant career. Prior to joining the Priory Roehampton he worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist in General Adult Psychiatry, Psychotherapy  & Forensic Psychotherapy at Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust and The Portman Clinic.

Az has worked extensively as a Consultant Psychiatrist to the media and has appeared on a number of television programmes.  He has had a regular segment on GMTV, Big Brother on the Couch, been a co-presenter on Wife Swap the Aftermath, and a weekly segment on Weekend Sunrise, Australia’s biggest breakfast TV show. He has published extensively in psychiatric and psychotherapeutic journals and has previously had a regular column in Red Magazine.

Dr Az Hakeem is a world specialist in the assessment and psychotherapeutic treatment of disorders of sex, gender identity and sexuality, and has researched and published widely in this area.