SoRECS is a charity that raises funds to support people and organisations who work at the cutting-edge of cruelty prevention and empathy building.
Jane McGregor, Ph. D. is a freelance researcher and author. She previously worked as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, and as a clinical practitioner in the NHS and U.K. charitable sector. She was a recipient of a Wellcome Trust Ph. D. scholarship and holds a doctorate in public health. She has particular interest and expertise in the following areas: addiction, entrenched behaviour, behaviour change and personality disorder.
In recent years Jane has devoted time to writing books and delivering training. She has written a body of research papers and publications on addiction, she is author of Drink and the City (Nottingham University Press, 2012), co- author of The Empathy Trap: Understanding Antisocial Personalities (Sheldon Press, 2013), its American counterpart, The Sociopath at the Breakfast Table, and Danish version, Sociopaten ved morgenbordet, a further book, Coping with Difficult Families (Sheldon Press, 2014), and French version, Quand un parent vous gâche la vie. Her latest publication is titled Coping with Aggressive Behaviour (Sheldon Press, 2017). She is currently collaborating on a book about coping with high stress in the emergency services and military.
Amanda is a screenwriter and author who, through personal experience and years of researches, has written about sociopathic abuse and therefore how to prevent it in her memoir Toxic No More. She thought she was writing about depression and alcoholism but the words that landed pointed instead to the core of why her life had been the way it had, and how she was groomed into being a target for sociopaths or narcissists from childhood. In it she purposefully writes through eyes which saw things the way she saw them at the time in the hope that more people can therefore identify with the lies she told herself…and was told by sociopaths she was in ‘relationship’ with. Of course it can’t be a true relationship, as sociopaths are profoundly detached. There cannot be true intimacy on something based on lies…but rather the illusion of one, operating behaviours which were normalised for her including her own self-discounting etc. Amanda went on to bring her five children up alone though some have contact with their father.
She has previously been a bereavement counsellor, given training, workshops and talks around empowerment and not least as a mother, has always been in the business of helping grow others. She is passionate about the potentially crippling effects of trauma on people’s success potential…target’s can be reluctant to be ‘visible’ if it wasn’t safe to do so historically. So ingrained in her is this that John York at the BBC noticed that all her writing projects are about empowerment…she hadn’t noticed until then.
She lives by the sea and as well as her work with SoRECS, is currently working on writing projects which have the same intention of SoRECS in general…to help inform as many as possible about these insidious sociopathic behaviours and how we can spot it early as well as how we sometimes unwittingly collude with it. She believes it’s never too late to be visible.
Lee Ann Thompson
Lee Ann Thompson is currently retired having worked for over 35 years in the financial industry most recently as an executive director for JPMorgan Asset Management. Lee Ann holds a BA from Vassar College in economics and psychology . Lee Ann has had personal experience of sociopathic abuse and is interested in educating the public to the signs and effects of this abuse. Lee Ann’s personal interests include working out, travelling and spending time with her family.
Escaping Glasgow (1960’s)
‘Saved’ by Art
Love and stability
Fatherhood x 2
Registered Mental Health Nurse
Forensic community nursing
‘Severe’ Personality Disorder Specialist
University Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School Lead – Patchwork Text and Concept Analysis
Writer and Painter
Soon to be a Grandfather
Wilson, D.R. (1984), Empathy, Art, and Education, M.Ed. Dissertation, University of Manchester.
Ed Modestino: SoRECS’ American ambassador
Edward Justin Modestino, Ph.D. is a multimodal neuroimaging expert. He has used neuroimaging (fMRI, fcMRI, DTI, SPECT) and electrophysiology (EEG, SC, and plethysmography) as tools to study cognition, attention, perception, and altered states of consciousness, with a special interest in psychopathologies (ADHD, narcolepsy, and Parkinson’s disease). He plans to study the connection between ADHD and Narcolepsy within the framework of reward deficiency syndrome (RDS) using a connectomic approach, combining neuroimaging and genetic screening. Furthermore, is in the planning stages of designing neuroimaging experiments to study empathy. He is currently an independent researcher.
Keywords: neuroimaging, empathy, ADHD, narcolepsy, RDS, genetics.
Emma Weston: Therapists and Counsellors Training advisor
Emma Weston is a Counsellor/Psychotherapist with an interest in empathy and personality disorders. She holds an advanced diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and is currently undertaking a Master’s in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice at Bath Spa University. Emma’s counselling specialism is Autism Spectrum Conditions and she has been involved in the voluntary sector for the past 5 years. Emma is an integrative therapist and uses a range of modalities depending on the presenting issues, both in one to one therapy, couples and group work. Emma is delighted to be involved with SoRECS and hopes to be able to make a positive difference, create awareness and empower people to reach their full potential.