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Dr Chris Merritt

Writer and Clinical Psychologist

I studied Geography at Oxford University before joining the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. There, I worked as a diplomat in Iraq and Jerusalem before leaving to retrain as a psychologist. I practised in clinical psychology in the UK National Health Service for six years, while studying for a doctorate at King's College London.

After completing my doctorate in 2016, I now split my time between project management for the Wellcome Trust's African Mental Health Research Initiative (AMARI) at King's, consultancy work on psychology for businesses, and writing.

I’ve authored academic papers and blogs on psychology, mental health, technology and parkour.

In 2014 I began writing crime fiction, and my debut novel Bring Her Back was published in March 2018 by Bookouture. This was followed by two more books featuring detectives Zac Boateng and Kat Jones. I’m currently developing a new series of psychological serial-killer thrillers which will publish in 2020.