Social justice and inequalities in mental health

Our research group brings together scholar-activists, practitioners, artists and those with lived experience of mental health difficulties to tackle disadvantage and to bring about change in knowledge, practice and public understanding of mental health. Influenced by critical social theory, including critical psychology, community psychology, feminism, queer theory, critical race theory and critical disability studies) we strive to promote a psychosocial understanding of mental distress as a meaningful response to adversity (such as poverty, war/conflict, violence, trauma, abuse, and discrimination) and shaped by social inequality (in relation to race, class, sexuality, gender, disability, etc.).

Our research

Drawing on our strengths in, and innovative approaches to, qualitative methods, our research brings to the fore the lived experiences and voices of those who experience mental distress, their families and carers, and the professionals who seek to deliver effective and compassionate services under adverse conditions (under-funding/funding cuts, staff shortages, institutional restraints and hostile work cultures).

We work in partnership with ‘experts by experience’, NHS service providers, mental health professionals, third sector organisations, schools and arts organisations, to raise awareness of mental health discrimination through effective public engagement that promotes a holistic view of the individual/community in context, and enables sustainable and effective change in service provision.

Meet the team

Research group lead

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Dr Hannah Frith

Principal Teaching Fellow

Research group members

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Dr Rachel Ames

Teaching Fellow

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Alex Chamberlain

Postgraduate Research Student / Trainee Clinical Psychologist

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Sharon Galiford

TBC

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Dr Paul Hanna

Clinical Psychology Research Director

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Mary John

Head of Department of Psychological Interventions

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Dr Tom Kent

Teaching Fellow

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Dr Lucy Longhurst

Teaching Fellow

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Dr Goran Lukic

Teaching Fellow

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Dr Jennifer Mance

Teaching Fellow

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Dr Lydia McCullagh

Senior Lecturer

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Dr Gemma Perman

Teaching Fellow

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Dr Laura Simonds

Senior Teaching Fellow and Academic Director - Clinical Psychology Doctorate