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John Bancroft, M.D. Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Bancroft is currently Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute.

May 1, 1995 -- April 30, 2004

  • Director, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction; Clinical Professor, Indiana University Dept. of Psychiatry, IU School of Medicine.


  • Clinical Consultant, and Leader of Behaviour Research Group, Medical Research Council Reproductive Biology Unit, Edinburgh
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh
  • Honorary Consultant, Lothian Health Board


  • Clinical Reader, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford

Qualifications and Training

  • 1960, M.B., B.Chir. (Cantab)
  • 1966, Diploma of Psychological Medicine (DPM, London)
  • 1970, M.A., M.D. (Cantab)
  • 1970, Member (MRCPsych), Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • 1963, Member (MRCP), Royal College of Physicians (London)
  • 1975, Fellow (FRCPscyh), Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • 1988, Fellow (FRCP), Royal College of Physicians (London)
  • 1991, Fellow (FRCPE), Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh)

Post-Graduate Medical Training

  • 1960-61, House Officer, St. George's Hospital, Epsom District Hospital and Victoria Hospital for Children, Chelsea
  • 1961-63, Medical Registrar, Mayday Hospital, Croydon

Psychiatric Training

  • 1963-64, Registrar, St. George's Hospital, London
  • 1964-66, Registrar, Maudsley Hospital, London
  • 1966-67, Senior Registrar, Maudsley Hospital
  • 1967-69, Research Worker, Institute of Psychiatry, London

Research Experience

My earliest research involvement was in behaviour therapy, with a particular interest in the treatment of sexual problems. When I moved to Oxford in 1969, my interest in sex research continued, but my main research activity was in general hospital psychiatry, and in particular suicidal behaviour. In 1976 I was invited to join the MRC Reproductive Biology Unit by the then Director, Professor Roger Short. A consistent theme in my research over the past 20 years has been the interaction between psychological/psychosocial and biological processes in reproductive and sexual behaviour. I will list the principal areas of research activity, citing the main publications in each field (numbers refer to publication list).

Main Areas of Research

  1. Behaviour therapy
    - of sexual problems (4, 5, 8, 9, 23, 43)
    - of agorophobia (19)
  2. Suicidal behaviour (12, 35, 36, 41, 45, 46, 47, 48, 54, 64, 68, 89)
  3. Crisis intervention and general hospital psychiatry (24, 58, 68, 221)
  4. Psychophysiology of sexual response (2, 3, 10, 13, 61, 112, 113, 114)
  5. Sex therapy (27, 28, 39, 40, 50, 130, 131, 142, 219, 220, 231)
  6. Hormones and male sexual behaviour (17, 49, 55, 70, 83, 88, 106, 107, 122, 136, 149, 166, 167, 184, 185, 216, 223, 244, 248)
  7. Behavioural effects of breast feeding (100, 124, 134, 146)
  8. Effects of fertility control on the well-being and sexuality of women (21, 67, 74, 144, 151, 157, 161, 162, 170, 171, 190, 222, 226, 247) see current research 
  9. The menstrual cycle and the well-being and sexuality of women (82, 97, 98, 99, 116, 121, 133, 139, 148, 163, 169, 172, 173, 191, 192, 193, 199, 206, 215, 217, 224, 227, 241) see current research 
  10. The menopause and the well-being and sexuality of women (205, 229, 230)
  11. Male contraception - behavioural effects (185, 248)
  12. Clinical pharmacology of sexual response
    - libido suppressing drugs (18, 20, 25, 26, 249) 
    - sexually enhancing drugs (207, 208, 210, 211, 212, 214, 223, 235, 240, 250)
  13. Diagnostic assessment of erectile dysfunction (79, 110, 114, 176, 178, 194, 200, 202, 213, 217, 218, 225, 228, 255, 259);
  14. The sexuality of women (244, 256, 257, 258);
  15. The dual control model of sexual response (236, 245, 251, 252, 259);
  16. High risk sexual behavior (243);
  17. Sexuality - general (14, 16, 33, 60, 69, 76, 77, 78, 81, 94, 101, 103, 135, 138, 147, 153, 154, 158, 159, 160, 165, 168, 177, 181, 187, 195, 197, 201, 204, 232, 233, 234, 235, 238, 242, 246, 253, 254);

Clinical Experience

General Psychiatry. After completing my psychiatric training at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, I spent seven years as a general psychiatrist in the University Department of Psychiatry at Oxford. For the first two years I had consultant responsibility for an inpatient ward and a day hospital. For the final five years I was responsible for the liaison psychiatric service in the general hospital. In particular, I developed a service for the assessment and management of attempted suicide, which included a new unit for assessment and short-term intervention, called the Barnes Unit, This emphasised a multidisciplinary crisis intervention approach, which was unique in the United Kingdom at that time.

Sexual Problems. I have run interdisciplinary sexual problem clinics since 1969- Oxford (1969 - 1976), Edinburgh (1976 - 1995), and at Indiana University (1995 - ).

Menstrual Cycle Related Problems. I was responsible for a Premenstrual Syndrome Clinic within the Gynaecology Outpatient Department (Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh) for seven years. I continue to run a Menstrual Cycle Problems Clinic at Indiana University Health Center.

Menopause Clinic. In collaboration with a gynaecological colleague, I started the first menopause clinic in Edinburgh.

Teaching Experience

In 1969 I joined Professor Michael Gelder in setting up a new University Department of Psychiatry in Oxford. I played a substantial part in the planning and implementation of both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes.

After moving to Edinburgh, I had regular teaching commitments for medical students (preclinical and clinical) and for postgraduate training of psychiatrists, gynaecologists and clinical psychologists and general practitioners. I taught each year on a special option course for medical students at the University of Cambridge. I also taught a tenth anniversary course on Human Sexuality at University of Newcastle Medical School, New South Wales, Australia.

I have had extensive experience training health professionals and marriage guidance counsellors in sexual counselling. For many years, this was mainly on the basis of group supervision. In the past 5 years in Scotland, I was involved in the implementation of structured training courses in sexual counseling. I have given many training workshops in sex therapy in the United Kingdom and in other countries, including Ireland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Australia, and India. The Kinsey Institute Sexual Health Clinic continues to provide clinical training.

During my time in Edinburgh I supervised six Ph.D. students. My textbook, Human Sexuality and its Problems (2nd ed. 1989) is now widely used in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses around the world. It has been translated into German and spanish.
Since 2000 the Kinsey Institute is taking a lead in providing graduate training in Human Sexuality, initially by means of an expanded PhD Minor in Human Sexuality, and the establishment of a series of Summer Institutes for graduate research training. Before long we hope to have funding for graduate studentships based at the Kinsey Institute.

Health Education

I have been extensively involved in four health education series for British television (Yorkshire TV and Channel 4), mainly dealing with issues of sexuality, but also premenstrual syndrome, I was listed as an available expert by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Psychological Society.

Administrative Experience

When in Oxford I was responsible for managing a multidisciplinary group, involving psychiatrists, general practitioners, nurses and social workers, within the General Hospital Liaison Service.

In Edinburgh, I was leader of the Behaviour Research Group within the MRC Reproductive Biology Unit. This had 12 members. 8 of which were funded by the MRC and four by other funding agencies.

At Indiana University I have administrative responsibility for the Kinsey Institute which covers not only its research program but also its collections, its information service, the Sexual health Clinic and the Graduate Training Program.

International Activities

1. World Health Organisation. I served as adviser to ICD 10, providing the revised classification system for sexual problems. acted as chairman of a Working Group on Concepts of Sexual Health (May 1987, Copenhagen); and participated in a workshop on the effects of the Environment on Reproductive Health (Copenhagen, October, 1991).

2. The Kinsey Institute for Research into Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, at Indiana University. I was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board until 1994, and organised for the Institute a multidisciplinary symposium on Adolescence, which was published in book form (Publication No. 160).

3. International Meetings. I was a member of the Organising Committee for the World Congress of Behaviour Therapy in Edinburgh, September 1988 and of the International Advisory Committee for the World Congress of Cognitive Therapy meeting in Oxford 1989. I organised the 1994 annual meeting of the International Academy of Sex Research held in Edinburgh.

Editorial Experience

  • Senior Editor, Annual Review of Sex Research, 1990-1995
  • Editorial Board
    • Journal of Sexual & Marital Therapy
    • Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynaecology
    • Journal of Reproductive & Infant Psychology
    • Sexual and Marital Therapy
    • International Journal of Impotence Research,
    • International Journal of Sexual Disorders, 1999-
    • International Journal of STD and AIDS, -1997
    • Journal of Sex Research
    • Medical Aspects of Human Sexuality, 1998-
    • Sexual Dysfunction, 1998-
  • International Advisory Board
    • Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
  • Journal Referee
    • British Journal of Psychiatry
    • Psychological Medicine
    • Journal of Psychosomatic Research
    • Clinical Endocrinology
    • Behavioural Psychotherapy
    • British Journal of Urology
    • Psychosomatic Medicine

Other Appointments, Offices, and Honours

  • 1970-76, Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford
  • 1971- , Honorary Individual Member, World Psychiatric Association
  • 1973-75, Founder Member, Executive Committee, British Association for Behavioural Psychotherapy
  • 1974-77, Vice-President, European Association for Behaviour Therapy
  • 1975-76, President, International Academy of Sex Research
  • 1975-76, Board of Examiners for Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • 1978-82, Executive Committee, Association of Sexual and Marital Therapists
  • 1982-88, Chairman, Marital Sex Therapy Advisory Board, National Marriage Guidance Council
  • 1982-84, Chairman Elect & Chairman, British Association of Behavioural Psychotherapy
  • 1983-94, Scientific Board, Kinsey Institute, University of Indiana, USA
  • 1984-94, Examiner, Diploma in Psychosexual Medicine, Institute of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, London
  • 1986, Visiting Professor, Dept. of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • 1990-95, President, Lothian Marriage Counselling Service, Scotland
  • 1991-93, Regional Adviser on Distinction and Merit Awards for South East Scotland
  • 1993, Fellow of The Society for the Scientific Study of Sex
  • 1995, Member of NIH AIDS Research Program Evaluation Working Group Behavioral, Social Science, and Prevention Research Area Review Panel
  • 1996-97, President, International Academy of Sex Research


  • 1987, Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award. The Society for the Scientific Study of Sex (USA)
  • 1989, Masters & Johnson Award. The Society of Sex Research and Therapy (USA)
  • 1989, Gold Medal of the Polish Academy of Sexual Science
  • 1994, Herman Musaph Prize of the Netherlands Psychiatric Association
  • 1997, Honorary Fellow, British Association of Sexual and Marital Therapy
  • 1999, Recipient, Alfred C. Kinsey Award, The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Midcontinent Region


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