Richard Gosden PhD

Dr Richard Gosden is an independent researcher and writer. His doctoral thesis was a study of psychiatric controversies over the cause of the symptoms of schizophrenia. He is the author of a number of articles on environmental issues, early treatment of schizophrenia, psychiatry and human rights, and the use of psychiatry in social control.


Allegory of an American Christmas, Salvadore Dali, 1934

Selected Publications


Richard Gosden, Punishing the Patient: How Pyschiatrists Misunderstand and Mistreat Schizophrenia, Scribe Publications, Melbourne, 2001.


Richard Gosden, Schismatic Mind: Controversies over the cause of the symptoms of schizophrenia, PhD thesis, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia, 2000.

Book Chapters

Richard Gosden, 'Controlling Wayward Children', in This Little Kiddy Went to Market: The Corporate Capture of Childhood by Sharon Beder with Wendy Varney and Richard Gosden, Pluto Press, London, 2009, pp. 205-221.

Loren R. Mosher, Richard Gosden and Sharon Beder, Drug companies and Schizophrenia: Unbridled Capitalism meets Madness, in Models of Madness: Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Schizophrenia edited by John Read, Loren Mosher and Richard Bentall, Brunner-Routledge, New York, 2004, pp. 115-130.

Sharon Beder, Richard Gosden and Loren R. Mosher, 'Pig Pharma: Psychiatric Agenda Setting by Drug Companies', in Family Therapy as an Alternative to Medication: An Appraisal of Pharmland, edited by Phoebe S. Prosky and David V. Keith, Brunner-Routledge, New York, 2003, pp. 193-208.

Richard Gosden, Coercive Psychiatry, Human Rights and Public Participation, in Brian Martin (ed.), Technology and Public Participation, Science and Technology Studies, University of Wollongong,1999, pp. 143-168.


Richard Gosden, Dangerous Changes Threaten the Unwell, Newcastle Herald, 24 January 2014, p. 11.

Sharon Beder and Richard Gosden, Pindone Rabbit Baiting — Cruel and Careless, Chain Reaction 112, July 2011, pp. 42-3.

Richard Gosden, Boorish ads that celebrate greed and carelessness, Canberra Times, 7 March 2006, p. 11.

Richard Gosden and Sharon Beder, Pharmaceutical Industry Agenda Setting in Mental Health Policies, Ethical Human Sciences and Services 3(3) Fall/Winter 2001, pp. 147-159.

Sharon Beder and Richard Gosden, WPP: World Propaganda Power, PRWatch, 8(2), 2001, pp. 9-10.

Richard Gosden and Greg Hampton, Academic Standards Versus Disability Rights, Ultibase, December 2000.

Richard Gosden, Pre-Psychotic Treatment for Schizophrenia: Preventive Medicine, Social Control, or Drug Marketing Strategy?, Ethical Human Sciences and Services, Vol. 1, No. 2, Summer 1999, pp. 165-177.

Richard Gosden, Early Psychosis, British Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 174, May 1999, pp. 461-462.

Richard Gosden, Amendments to the NSW Mental Health Act, The Whistle, August, 1997, p. 12.

Richard Gosden, Shrinking the Dole Queue, Arena Magazine, No. 29, June-July 1997, pp. 39-41.

Richard Gosden, The Medicalisation of Deviance, Social Alternatives, Vol. 16, No. 2, April, 1997, pp. 58-60.

Richard Gosden, Neuroleptics and the Freedom of Thought: How Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Violates Basic Human Rights, Monitors: Journal of Human Rights and Technology, University of Texas, Vol. 1, No. 1, February, 1997.

Richard Gosden, Economic Rationalism as a Mental Disease, Conference Proceedings, Ecopolitics X, Australian National University, September 26-29, 1996.

David Dingelstad, Richard Gosden, Brian Martin and Nickolas Vakas, The Social Construction of Drug Debates, Social Science and Medicine Vol. 43, No. 12, 1996, pp. 1829-1838.

Richard Gosden, Greening all the way to the bank, Arena Magazine, No. 16, April-May 1995, pp. 35-37.

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