Dr. John Ovenstone Todd

  • Primary Specialty

    Psychiatry

  • Qualifications

    MB ChB | MRCPsych | MRCGP | DAvMed | AFOM | FRCPsych

  • Clinical Interests

    Old Age Psychiatry, Dementia, Psychopharmacology, Occupational Psychiatry

  • Locations
  • Professional Profile and Experience

    Dr Todd joined ROC Clinic Aberdeen in 2017.
    He consults adults with mental health conditions and has a particular interest in later life, and especially memory disorders. He is the lead clinician for the Memory Clinic at ROC and continues to work for Grampian Health Board as specialist in older adults’ mental health in Dr Gray’s Hospital, Elgin.

    Dr Todd was born in India into a pioneering medical family. He studied medicine in Aberdeen, and joined the Royal Air Force whilst still a student, ultimately serving 17 years to Wing Commander. He initially served the RAF as a family doctor and Unit Medical Officer, but then trained in psychiatry in the RAF, completing this training in 1989.
    He returned to primary care and completed training in general practice, occupational medicine, aviation and advanced aviation medicine. He then served as a senior RAF medical officer at various locations around the world including the Falklands, Saudi Arabia in Desert Storm, and Germany. This training and experience have provided him an eclectic and holistic understanding of human physiology, psychology and behaviour in health, disease, and when under stress.
    In 1996, he left the Forces for family reasons and settled in Moray as a Consultant Psychiatrist. When he was training in psychiatry in the RAF, he was seconded to the Maudsley Hospital, London to train in the psychiatry of older adults under Professor Raymond Levy. This proved to be such a rewarding experience that in 2003 he undertook approved conversion training in order to specialize in memory disorders and related conditions in later life.

    Dr Todd is a firm believer in the unity of brain, body and mind, and in understanding a person from the point of view of their life story. Only in this way can an understanding of the individual’s experience in memory conditions, including dementia be achieved. This requires compassion, empathy and acceptance, whilst still adhering to an evidence-based approach to treatment and intervention. The patient as an individual undertaking a difficult journey is his main perspective.

    His personal interests in photography, art, music, and the exploration and understanding our natural environment are harmonious with his medical craft.