‘The People’s Psychiatrist’: Chief Madman or Revolutionary Healer?

Dr. Fred Hickling and the Development of Postcolonial Psychiatry in Jamaica


  • Anne Hickling-Hudson Queensland University of Technology, Australia




Tribute to Dr. Frederick Hickling, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at The University of the West Indies who died in Jamaica on May 7, 2020 by his sister, Dr. Anne Hickling-Hudson.

Author Biography

Anne Hickling-Hudson, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Dr. Anne Hickling-Hudson is a retired Professor of Education, now an adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia, where she helped train teachers from 1987 to 2013 (Web: http://staff.qut.edu.au/staff/hudsona/). Born and raised in Jamaica, she worked during the 1970s and 80s in college and university teaching and curriculum design in Jamaica, and in the Ministry of Education, Grenada during the Grenada Revolution of 1979 – 1983. She was one of four facilitators in a two-week seminar for fifty teachers discussing educational change, led by Paulo Freire in Grenada in 1980.

Highlights of her career in Australia include her role as President of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) from 2001 – 2004, President of the Australia and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society (ANZCIES) from 1998 – 2000, and as a founder member from 1996 of the Australian Association for Caribbean Studies (AACS). Dr. Hickling-Hudson’s work has been published widely, and has won prestigious fellowships and grants to allow her to conduct her research, including a Rockefeller Fellowship and two Australian Research Council large research grants. Hickling-Hudson’s research and publications include analyses of: education for development and decolonization, of race, class and gender challenges in schools and texts; intercultural and postcolonial pedagogy; and of Cuba’s unique internationalist role in education.