Dr Dean Burnett
Dean Burnett is a doctor of neuroscience, graduating from the Cardiff University School of Psychology with a PhD in Behavioural neuroscience in 2009, soon after which he became the course tutor and lecturer for Cardiff University’s ground-breaking online MSc in Psychiatry, where he spent nearly 7 years teaching medics and psychologists from all over the world about all facets of mental health, including the associated treatments and their underlying science.
However, Dean also lived something of a parallel life in comedy while all this was going on. He started performing stand up comedy in 2003, a hobby he still indulges in to this day, but this unique blend of neuroscience and humour led to him taking up blogging and writing humorous science articles. He eventually became part of the Guardian science network, and wrote their most popular blog ‘Brain Flapping’ for 6 whole years.
This led to further work in the media and publishing. He is the author of the bestselling book ‘The Idiot Brain’ and it’s similarly popular follow up ‘The Happy Brain’, with more on the way. Dean is now a full-time author and contributor, and is increasingly in-demand by radio, TV and written media as someone who can offer clear, understandable, but impressively thoughtful and insightful explanations about all aspects of mental health.