Dr. Richard Graham is a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist and recent Clinical Director of the Adolescent Directorate of the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust, one of the UK’s foremost clinical services for young people with mental health difficulties.
For the last decade his work has centered on the impact of digital technology on development, firstly focusing on the role played by visual media in body image disorders, and more recently through exploring the influence of connected devices, social media, apps and video games on adolescents and younger children. In 2010, he founded the UK’s first dedicated Technology Addiction Service for Young People at Nightingale Hospital and contributed to the development, as Clinical Director, of the award-winning online mental health service Big White Wall.
Dr. Graham also contributed to the UK’s ‘Facebook for Good’ movement which led to the publication of the RAMP Guidelines which promote wellbeing online. In 2012 he was invited to join the national United Kingdom Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) Evidence Group.
Most recently he led an International Mental Health Leadership Program on e-Mental Health at the Tavistock, involving international leaders in e-Mental Health (http://www.iimhl.com/) and joined Baroness Susan Greenfield at the Cheltenham Literature Festival to discuss the Impact of Technology on the Brain.