Dr Andrew Johns trained in medicine at Guy’s Hospital and then in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, both in London. From 1988 he was a Consultant in the psychiatry of addiction at St George’s Hospital, London with responsibility for treating drug and alcohol users. He then re-trained in forensic psychiatry, working for four years at Broadmoor Hospital, and since 1999 at the Maudsley Hospital, London.
Andrew frequently assesses individuals with a wide range of psychiatric conditions in both the criminal and civil courts. He has a reputation as a leading expert opinion in forensic psychiatry. He has assessed over 300 individuals charged with homicide and gave evidence to the Shipman Enquiry. Andrew’s core interest is the challenge of understanding human, psychological and legal aspects of serious crime on which he has published regularly. Besides writing he also lectures and broadcasts.
Andrew is associated with Gray’s Inn School of Advocacy and has participated in training junior barristers and psychiatrists in giving expert evidence for the courts. He has also done this training in Jamaica and Singapore.
Andrew is passionate about literature, music and opera – in fact he has been to over 300 operas. He is married to Caroline, has three children, and they all live together in South London with a dog called Betty.