Professor James Lindesay FRCPsych

Professor James Lindesay





Current academic and research interests include: psychiatric epidemiology, health services research, transcultural old age psychiatry, memory clinics, and clinical trials in dementia


  • HTA-SADD: A multi-centre pragmatic RCT to determine the clinical and cost-effectiveness of two classes of antidepressants for depression in dementia (compared with placebo). 
  • DOMINO-AD: Donepezil and memantine in moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease. 


  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Alzheimer’s Research Trust, 1998 - 2007
  • Member, DeNDRoN Dementia Clinical Studies Group, 2006 - date.
  • NICE Clinical Guideline Development Group (Depression in people with chronic physical health problems), 2008 - date
  • Member, MHRN Advisory, Adoption and Allocation Committee, 2008 - date
  • Expert Advisor, General Medical Council Fitness to Practice Directorate. 
  • Chair, Psychiatry Undergraduate Education Liaison Group
  • External Member, Department Review Panel (KIMHS), University of Kent, March 2008. Chair of the SHIELD Programme Steering Committee 2008 - date
  • Medical School admissions interviewer
  • 2007 - date: External Examiner, University of Nottingham (M.Med.Sci.)
  • University of London MSc in Mental Health and Ageing: Seminar on Neurotic Disorders
  • Chairman, Association of University Teachers of Psychiatry (AUTP), 1999-2007.
  • Leicester – Examiner, Intermediate and Final BMBCh exams 2000-date
  • Examiner (MRCPsych. Part 2), Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • June 1994 – date: Chairman, Leicestershire & Rutland Branch of the Alzheimer’s Society
  • April 2003 – date: Chairman, Trent Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC)
  • Member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Panel, Alzheimer’s Disease International 1997 - date
  • Member, Leicester Centre for Ethnic Health Research Steering Group, 2005 - date. 
  • Panel member, University Appointments Committees
  • Head of Clinical Division of Psychiatry
  • Admin. for Division of Psychiatry for the Elderly
  • On the editorial boards of: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry; Aging and Mental Health; International Journal of Geriatric Psychopharmacology; CPD Bulletin - Old Age Psychiatry; IPA Bulletin. 


  • Neurotic disorders in the elderly.  International Symposium on Old Age Psychiatry, Rio de Janeiro, April 2006
  • Paranoid states in the elderly.  British Geriatrics Society Annual Conference, Harrogate, Sept. 2006
  • Prospects for the classification of psychiatric disorders of the elderly. AEP Conference, Madrid, March 2007
  • Memory Clinics: Yesterday, today, tomorrow.  RCPsych. Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry Annual Residential Meeting, Barcelona, March 2009.   


  • Sarah Baillon
    Thesis title: The performance of the Edinburgh Depression Rating Scale (EDRS) as a screening tool for depression in Parkinson’s disease (PD)
    Funder: University of Leicester
  • Collins Esiwe
    Thesis title: Screening for depression using the Edinburgh Depression Rating Scale in older adults in an acute general hospital
    Funder: Self-funded


  • Communication Skills
  • Psychiatry lectures/tutorials
  • Personal Tutor



Jagger, C., Matthews, R., Lindesay, J., Robinson, T., Croft, P., Brayne, C., and MRC CFAS.  (2009)  The effect of dementia trends and treatments on longevity and disability: A simulation model based on the MRC Cognitive Function and Ageing Study (MRC CFAS).  Age and Ageing (epub)

Dennis, M., Baillon, S., Brugha, T., Lindesay, J., Stewart, R. and Meltzer, H.  (2009)  The influence of limitation in activity of daily living and physical health on suicidal ideation: results from a population survey of Great Britain.  Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology (epub)

Shah, A., Lindesay, J., and Dennis, M.  (2009)  Comparison of elderly suicide rates among migrants in England and Wales with their country of origin.  International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 24, 292-299. 

Tsoi, T., Baillon, S., and Lindesay, J.  (2008)  Early frontal executive dysfunction as a predictor of later behavioural problems in dementia.  American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 16, 102-108. 

Lindesay, J.  (2008)  Prospects for the classification of mental disorders of the elderly.  European Psychiatry, 23, 477-80. 

Howard, R.J., Juszczak, E., Ballard, C.G., Bentham, P., Brown, R.G., Bullock, R., Burns, A.S., Holmes, C., Jacoby, R., Johnson, T., Knapp, M., Lindesay, J., O’Brien, J.T., Wilcock, G., Katona, C., Jones, R.W., DeCesare, J., Rodger, M., and the CALM-AD Trial Group.  (2007)   Donepezil in the treatment of agitation in Alzheimer’s disease.   The New England Journal of Medicine, 357, 1382-92. 

Jordanova, V., Stewart, R., Goldberg, D., Bebbington, P.E., Brugha, T., Singleton, N., Lindesay, J., Jenkins, R., Prince, M., and Meltzer, H.  (2007)  Age variation in life events and their relationship with common mental disorders: An analysis of data from 16-74 year old participants in the 2000 National Survey of Psychiatric Morbidity in Great Britain.  Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 42, 611-6

Dennis, M., Baillon, S., Brugha, T., Lindesay, J., Stewart, R. and Meltzer, H.  (2007)  The spectrum of suicidal ideation in later life: a population survey of Great Britain.  Psychological Medicine, 37, 795-805

Malone, D., Lindesay, J.  (2007)  Cholinesterase inhibitors and cardiovascular disease: a survey of psychiatrists’ practice.  Age & Ageing , 36, 331-333.

Lee, D, Morgan, K., and Lindesay, J. (2007)  Impact of institutional respite care on the sleep quality of people with dementia and their primary caregivers.  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 55, 252-258.

Stewart, R., Besset, A., Bebbington, P., Brugha, T., Lindesay, J., Jenkins, R., Singleton, N, and Meltzer, H. (2006)  Age and insomnia: risk factors, impact and hypnotic use in 16-74 year olds from a national survey population.  Sleep, 29, 1391-7. 

Parker, S.G., Bechinger-English, D., Jagger, C., Spiers, N. and Lindesay, J. (2006)  Factors affecting completion of the SF-36 in older people.  Age and Ageing , 35, 376-81

Lindesay, J., Baillon, S., Dennis, M., Brugha, T., Stewart, R., Araya, R., & Melzer, H.  (2006)  Worry content across the lifespan: An analysis of 16-74 year old participants in the United Kingdom 2000 National Survey of Psychiatric Morbidity.  Psychological Medicine 36, 1625-1634. 

Simpson, R., Wakefield, P., Spiers, N., Jagger, C. and Lindesay, J.  (2006)  Carer held records for dementia: a controlled trial.  International Psychogeriatrics, 18, 259-68

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