Why I study...epilepsy

Gus Baker
I suspect, like most of my peers, I really was not sure which area of clinical psychology I wanted to practise when I had completed my training: although I certainly knew what areas I didn’t want to work in! I had already decided, as a result of my earlier forays into clinical-based research, that an opportunity to combine research with clinical practice was going to be a major factor in my decision. So when an eminent neurologist (with an expertise in epilepsy) approached me looking for a ‘user-friendly’ psychologist who could provide a clinical service and conduct research at the same time, I jumped at the offer. Admittedly, my knowledge of epilepsy at the time was severely limited.

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