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Our researchers 

Dr Charley Baker, Lecturer in Mental Health/Academic Lead for Safeguarding

Charley is co-founder of the international Madness and Literature Network and International Health Humanities Network. She is an expert in representations of mental health in fiction and autobiography, self harm and safeguarding.

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Holly Blake, Associate Professor of Behavioural Science

Holly is a chartered health psychologist and an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society.  

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Holly's research focuses on workplace interventions for health, the health and wellbeing of NHS employees, NHS staff as role models for health, health behaviour change interventions, uptake of health screening, and the psychological aspects of long-term conditions.

Email: holly.blake@nottingham.ac.uk

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Heather Bull, Assistant Professor

Heather’s research into nurse education examines acquiring bioscience knowledge in an integrated curriculum, developing numeracy skills for safe nursing practice and enhancing the wellbeing of older people (including those with dementia) through life storytelling.

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Heather also conducts lab-based research into novel diagnostic reagents and pharmacological side-effects.

Email: heather.bull@nottingham.ac.uk

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Dr Tim Carter, Teaching and Research Associate

Dr Tim Carter is an assistant professor of mental health and a registered mental health nurse (RMN). 

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Tim’s research is predominantly centred on the therapeutic value of physical activity for depression in young people.

Email: tim.carter@nottingham.ac.uk

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Professor Paul Crawford, Professor of Health Humanities

Paul is the world’s first professor of health humanities and pioneered the development of this field. 

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Paul leads the most prominent health humanities research network and international conference series. Paul’s expertise lies in the application of the arts and humanities to healthcare, health and wellbeing. He has also contributed a substantial body of work in applied linguistics, literature and narrative.

Email: paul.crawford@nottingham.ac.uk

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Professor Patrick Callaghan, Professor of Mental Health Nursing and Head of School of Health Sciences

Patrick leads The University of Nottingham’s Mental Health Research Programme and is Associate Director of Research Engagement at the NIHR Clinical Research Network for Mental Health.

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Patrick's research focuses on social cognition models of health-related behaviour, mental health nursing processes and outcomes, psychological interventions, and mental health service evaluation.

Email: patrick.callaghan@nottingham.ac.uk

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Dr Sara De Benedictis, Research Associate

Sara received her PhD in May 2016 at King’s College London and joined Nottingham to work on the project Televising Childbirth.

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Andrew Grundy, Research Associate

Andrew’s research interests include understanding concepts of mental health service provision from the service user and carer perspective, user/carer-involved care planning in adult mental health services, patient and public involvement in research, recovery, stigma and youth mental health. 

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Dr Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith, Research Fellow 

Kathryn’s research examines domestic violence, elder abuse, peer mentoring in breastfeeding and internationalising curriculum with a focus on healthcare programmes.  

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Kathryn has published widely on domestic violence and survivor experiences of accessing emergency departments. 

Email: kathryn.hinsliff-smith@nottingham.ac.uk

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Ada Hui, Teaching and Research Associate

Ada is a registered mental health nurse whose research interests are in health and organisations, as well as the institutional and emotional experiences of healthcare professionals working in challenging environments.

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Roger Kerry, Associate Professor

Roger is a qualified physiotherapist and associate professor in our Division of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Sciences. His research interests also include the philosophy of health science.

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Dr Joseph Manning, Research Fellow (Child Health)/Clinical Nursing Research Fellow/Charge Nurse (NUH NHS) 

Joseph is a registered children’s nurse with experience of providing high-quality, family-centred, evidence-based care within acute settings. 

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Joseph's clinical and research interests include the clinically deteriorating child; children’s, young people’s and families’ experiences of critical care, illness and rehabilitation; and psychosocial health and wellbeing of surviving critical illness. 

Email: joseph.manning@nottingham.ac.uk

 

Dr Julie McGarry, Associate Professor

Julie’s clinical background is in adult and mental health nursing practice, predominantly working with vulnerable and older adults both in hospital and community settings. 

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JJulie is an established researcher in the field of gender-based violence and domestic violence and abuse.

Email: julie.mcgarry@nottingham.ac.uk

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Dr Oonagh Meade, Research Fellow

Oonagh’s recent research has focused on enhancing user involvement in care planning among service users with severe mental health issues, concepts of recovery and social inclusion and the effect of exercise on depressive symptoms in adolescents. 

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Oonagh is interested in the impact of living with long-term physical health issues and the role of psychosocial support, including online support groups in living with such conditions.

Email: oonagh.meade@nottingham.ac.uk

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Dr Maria Michail, Senior Research Fellow/Interim Director of Postgraduate Research

Maria’s expertise is in youth mental health, with a particular focus on early psychosis, co-morbid affective dysfunction, early intervention and prevention. 

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Maria is particularly interested in delineating the role of shame and stigma in triggering symptoms of social anxiety and withdrawal in individuals with psychosis. 

Email: maria.michail@nottingham.ac.uk

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Dr Helen Moya, Lecturer in Mental Health and Social Care

Helen’s research explores the experiences and identities of people in care settings, focusing on care relationships, the benefits of life story work and the social construction of identities.

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Dr Melanie Narayanasamy, Research Fellow

Melanie is a trained sociologist, with expertise in the sociology of health and illness and the sociology of mental health. 

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Melanie is currently working as a research fellow at the Nottingham Centre for the Advancement of Research into Supportive, Palliative and End-of-life Care.

Email: melanie.narayanasamy@nottingham.ac.uk

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Dr Ruth Parry, Principal Research Fellow/NIHR Research Fellow

A qualified physiotherapist, Ruth specialises in social-science based healthcare research, with a focus on video-based observational research into healthcare communication. 

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Ruth uses this approach to examine communication around sensitive topics, decision making and end-of-life care, as well as exploring bodily communication and observable skills relating to dignity and empathy.  

Email: ruth.parry@nottingham.ac.uk

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Dr Alan Pringle, Assistant Professor 

Alan is a registered mental health nurse and general nurse. His research focuses on using football as a vehicle for mental health promotion and interventions, the use of timelines and iPad technology in dementia care, and the role of Mauritian nurses on mental health care in the UK. 

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Professor Mike Slade, Professor of Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion

Mike’s main research interests are recovery-focused and outcome-focused mental health services, user involvement in and influence on mental health services, wellbeing in psychosis, staff-patient agreement on need, residential alternatives to in-patient services, and developing measures such as INSPIRE, the Camberwell Assessment of Need and the Threshold Assessment Grid.  

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Dr Theo Stickley, Associate Professor of Mental Health 

Theo is academic lead for mental health and learning disabilities. His research focuses on how participation in the arts might affect health and wellbeing.

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Dr Nicola Wright, Assistant Professor in Mental Health

Nicola’s research interests include the mental health of young people, care transitions in mental health, community mental healthcare provision, inpatient care, promotion and maintenance of service user engagement with mental health services and suicide and self-harm. 

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Mental Health Research Group

The University of Nottingham
School of Health Sciences
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA


telephone: +44 (0)115 823 0812
email: patrick.callaghan@nottingham.ac.uk