Professor Dany Nobus
Professor Dany Nobus is the Pro Vice Chancellor for External Affairs.
Professor Nobus joined Brunel in 1996 as a Lecturer in Psychology, becoming a Senior Lecturer in 2001. In 2006 he became Chair of Psychology and Psychoanalysis and Head of the School of Social Sciences (now College of Health and Life Sciences), where he is still the Convenor of the MA Programme in Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Society.
Professor Nobus is a world-renowned authority on the history, theory and practice of Lacanian psychoanalysis. He has published five books and authored over 100 articles, book chapters and reports in various academic and professional journals.
He has presented his work at academic and professional institutions around the world and has conducted clinical workshops for health care professionals on both sides of the Atlantic. Professor Nobus is also an Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a Visiting Professor of Psychiatry at Creighton University Medical School in Omaha, NE.
Professor Nobus' research interests centre around issues of clinical psychoanalytic work, with a special emphasis on technical matters, and epistemological debates concerning the development, acquisition and transmission of knowledge.
He has also done research on the dynamics of human sexuality, including theoretical studies of the concept of perversion and empirical research on priests who sexually abuse children. His current research activities focus on the theoretical and socio-cultural representations of non-normative sexual behaviours, and the effect of changing representations of fatherhood in Western society on parenting strategies and socialisation practices. New books in these areas are scheduled for publication in the near future.
In addition to his research activities, Professor Nobus plays an active teaching role, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Since 1996 he has supervised more than 20 PhD students and in 2006 he was presented with the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence. He is now a member of the Brunel Teaching Academy.