Partner: Dr Roz Austin, Individual Partner in the Collaborating Centre.
Preferred contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Resident in: UK;
Working in: UK;
Area(s) of Interest in VBP: Publications, Research/peer-support, interdependence, Services/other/peer-support;
Related Area(s) of Interest: Evidence-based practice, Medical Humanities, Health Geography, Other/ Patient and Public Involvement;
Area(s) of healthcare expertise: Mental health, Service user, Social care, Well-being.
Brief Description of Work: I am a researcher and writer who promotes the understanding of mental health issues and well-being. I completed a PhD with Durham University’s ‘Hearing the Voice’ research team in 2018, investigating the emotional aspects of adults’ experiences of hearing voices. I conducted qualitative interviews and focus groups with service-users, and ran training for mental health professionals. I regularly present at conferences. I am an Individual Partner in the Collaborating Centre, as well as a Collaborator with Durham University’s ‘Hearing the Voice’ project. With Assistant Professor Mark Hopfenbeck, I am co-editing various ‘Practical Handbooks for Mental Health’ (publisher: PCCS Books). ‘The practical handbook of hearing voices’ will be published in September. ‘The practical handbook of dementia’ will be published at some point next year. I organise and facilitate Development Workshops at St Catherine’s College to promote these ‘practical handbooks’.