Nigel Lester, MD

Clinical Researcher and Instructor

Dr. Lester is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Lester was educated at the University of Bristol in England and trained in psychiatry at University College London and St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City. He has practiced in both the United Kingdom and the United States. He has extensive experience in consultation and liaison psychiatry, having been Director of the HIV Consultation and Liaison Program at Saint Vincent’s Hospital in New York (where he was also Assistant Director of Training and Education), and Clinical Lead in Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry at University College Hospital in London. He was Associate Director of Psychiatry at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, New York, where, among other things, he developed and expanded the psychiatry consultation service. More recently he served as Associate Clinical Director of Community Mental Health Services and Community Outreach Services at the Camden and Islington Foundation Trust—part of the National Health Service in London.

Dr. Lester’s primary interest is the science and clinical practice of well-being, which he pursues through his work with the Center for Well-Being at Washington University, as well as through his collaboration with the Anthropedia Foundation. He serves as a member of the Anthropedia Institute and is an active participant in the Foundation's professional training program.