Dr. Jacinta Tan is a research psychiatrist and medical ethicist. She is also an honorary consultant psychiatrist in the Adult Tier 3 Specialist Eating Disorder Team of the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.
A multidisciplinary academic with degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, Child Health and Sociology, Jacinta spent many years researching mental capacity in anorexia nervosa at the University of Oxford, research that was based on hour upon hour of in depth exploration of the experiences of patients and families. Jacinta is particularly proud to be the founder and convenor of the Welsh Eating Disorder Research Development Group since 2012, and the Law and Ethics of Anorexia Nervosa – Values in Practice (LEAN-ViP) network of the Collaborating Centre for Values Based Practice in Health and Social Care since 2017.
She is also a founding editor and now Senior Editor for the Biomed Central open access journal Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health. She works with NHS clinicians, researchers, the third sector, patients, and carers to develop research for eating disorders and values based practice.
Jacinta is currently tasked by the Welsh Government to lead the Eating Disorder Service Review for Wales, and is working with the support of a team of ten lay representatives to build a new eating disorder system for Wales which is centered on the wishes and needs of those who know best, namely those who suffer from eating disorders and their families.
Her vision as the sole eating disorder clinical academic in Wales is to co-develop interdisciplinary eating disorder and ethics research together with patients, families, other clinicians and academic partners, which examines issues at the coalface of treatment and thereby directly improves healthcare for eating disorders across the lifespan in Wales.