Neil Armstrong is a social and medical anthropologist working on mental health and mental healthcare. He is particularly interested in how healthcare services become intertwined with their institutional setting. His current research investigates personal transformation in addiction. He is a tutor in anthropology at Magdalen College, Oxford, and research associate at Kings College, London, where he works with students using ethnography to try to understand the social context for the epidemic in reports of distress. As a member of Re:Create Psychiatry, he is interested in new forms of exchange between the various stakeholders in mental healthcare. He sits on an NHS clinical ethics advisory group and is associate editor of the BJ Psychiatric Bulletin.