Dr Alan Currie

GMC No: 3263994

I am a consultant psychiatrist in the Regional Affective Disorders Service (RADS) where I now work part-time. RADS provides a tertiary service for ‘difficult to treat’ mood disorders and my role is exclusively in an out-patient setting where I offer assessment consultations. I am also visiting professor at the University of Sunderland in the Department of Exercise, Sport and Rehabilitation Therapies.

I obtained my medical degree at Edinburgh University in 1987 and subsequently trained in psychiatry in Manchester, Edinburgh and Newcastle. I became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1993 and a college fellow in 2009.

I have clinical experience in a range of settings and was a community psychiatrist in an inner city CMHT from 2003 to 2011, then in an Assertive Outreach Team (2011-2015). I have also worked in in-patient and general hospital settings.

My research interests include recovery, social inclusion, mood disorders, and sport and exercise psychiatry. I have published in all these areas including co-editing and authoring several chapters in Social Inclusion and Mental Health (2010) the highly commended handbook of Sports Psychiatry (2016) and a collection of Case Studies in Sports Psychiatry (2020). I have more than 50 peer reviewed publications to my name alongside several book chapters. I obtained an MPhil for my research work in 1997.

Additional roles

-Founder and a former chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Sports and Exercise Psychiatry Special Interest Group (SEPSIG)

-International Olympic Committee mental health working group since 2018

-Mental Health Expert Panel of the UK Sports Institute since 2019

-Chair of the Scientific Committee of the International Society for Sports Psychiatry (ISSP) from 2020

-Consultancy with UK Anti-doping (UKAD) where I offer scrutiny and advice in anti-doping in sport and mental health matters

Selected publications

Currie, A., Blauwet, C., Bindra, A., Budgett, R., Campriani, N., Hainline, B., Mcduff, D., Mountjoy, M., Purcell, R., Putukian, M., & Reardon, C. L. (2021). Athlete mental health : future directions. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 55, 1243–1244. https://doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2021-104443


Currie, A., Gorczynski, P., Rice, S. M., Purcell, R., McAllister-Williams, R. H., Hitchcock, M. E., Hainline, B., & Reardon, C. L. (2019). Bipolar and psychotic disorders in elite athletes: a narrative review. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 53(12), 746–753. https://doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2019-100685


McAllister-Williams, R. H., Christmas, D. M. B., Cleare, A. J., Currie, A., Gledhill, J., Insole, L., Malizia, A. L., McGeever, M., Morriss, R., Robinson, L. J., Scott, M., Stokes, P. R. A., Talbot, P. S., & Young, A. H. (2018). Multiple-therapy-resistant major depressive disorder: a clinically important concept. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 212(5), 274–278. https://doi.org/10.1192/bjp.2017.33