Michael Wang is Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Centre for Medicine, University of Leicester, and former Director of the NHS-funded Leicester Doctoral Postgraduate Clinical Psychology Training Course (2005-2014). He has held an Honorary Consultant post with Leicester Royal Infirmary Academic Department of Anaesthesia. He is a former Chair of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society and is currently Chair of the Association of Clinical Psychologists UK. Prof. Wang is also a qualified clinical neuropsychologist.
He has worked as a clinical psychologist for more than 40 years. Throughout his academic career he has maintained an Honorary Consultant role in the NHS, treating patients with anxiety disorders, depression and obsessional compulsive disorder. He has more than 20 years’ experience of examining patients with traumatic brain injury for the UK courts.
Over recent years Prof Wang has gained an international reputation for his research on cognitive and memory function during general anaesthesia. He has held appointments on a number of prominent committees in the British Psychological Society including the professional accrediting body for clinical psychology training. He has served as an expert advisor on a NICE Committee in relation to the monitoring of depth of anaethesia and also as an expert member of the Royal College of Anaesthesia’s National Audit Project 5 (a national audit of anaesthetic awareness reports). In 1999 he was made Fellow of the British Psychological Society and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.
In 2015 he was awarded the Humphry Davy Medal by the Royal College of Anaesthetists for his contribution to the understanding of accidental awareness during general anaesthesia.
Prof Wang was a founder member of the British Association of Christians in Psychology of which he was Chair for many years. He is presently an Elder in a rural Baptist church, although he is not keen on denominational divisions and has a background in several of the mainstream Christian traditions. He was born and raised in the north of England and is proud of his mixed ethnic heritage: Chinese and Yorkshire.