Charley Baker is a Lecturer in Mental Health at the University of Nottingham where she teaches mental health nursing students at both Diploma/BSc level and on the Graduate Entry Nursing programme. She is Academic Lead for Safeguarding across the School of Health Sciences.
Recent books include Our Encounters with Self Harm (PCCS Books, edited with with Clare Shaw and Fran Biley, 2013), Health Humanities (Paul Crawford et al, Palgrave, 2015) and Madness in Post-1945 British and American Fiction (Baker et al, Palgrave, 2010).
Charley is co-founder of the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded international Madness and Literature Network (www.madnessandliterature.org) and International Health Humanities Network (www.healthhumanities.org)
Charley was awarded her PhD in 2016 from Royal Holloway, University of London - Reading 'Psychosis' in Kathy Acker's Writing: Rethinking Clinical and Critical Perspectives. She also has a BA and MA in literature. During her studies, Charley worked in both community adult and inpatient adolescent mental health for the NHS.
Charley is Associate Editor of Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. Charley has been awarded Fellow of the Institute of Mental Health. She also serves on the Editorial Board for Journal of Medical Humanities.
She has spoken internationally on representations of mental health in literature, and also has research interests in safeguarding (education and clinical practice), self harm, suicide, 'personality disorders' and the therapeutic use of reading
- Representations of mental health in fiction and autobiography
- Self Harm
Academic Lead for Safeguarding
Safeguarding (who curriculum)
Mental Health Nursing (BSc)
Graduate Entry Nursing (GEN) course, Derby Centre
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I am co-founder of both the Madness and Literature Network (www.madnessandliterature.org) and the International Health Humanities Network (www.healthhumanities.org)
I have researched and spoken on issues of representations of mental illness in literature, and have research interests in self harm, suicide, 'personality disorders' and the therapeutic use of reading.
Submitted Doctoral Research, Royal Holloway, University of London: "Postmodern Psychosis - The Literary Move Towards New Perspectives". My thesis examines the intersection between psychiatric formulations of psychosis and the nature and status of psychosis in the work of Kathy Acker. I believe that her fiction can contribute towards clinical discourses on psychosis in a demythological, depathologising manner. I suggest that the postmodern fiction of Kathy Acker in particular proposes an innovative manifesto of psychosis for the postmodern age - one which can, circularly, be of clinical significance with regards increased understanding for individuals suffering from the psychotic illnesses.
CHARLEY BAKER, PAUL CRAWFORD, BRIAN BROWN, MAURICE LIPSEDGE and RONALD CARTER, 2008. On The Borderline? Borderline Personality Disorder and Deliberate Self Harm in Literature Social Alternatives. 27(4), 22-27
CHARLEY BAKER, 2009. Invited Literary Advisor and Contributor. In: SARAH STRINGER, LAURENCE CHURCH, SUSAN DAVISON AND MAURICE LIPSEDGE, ed., Psychiatry PRN Oxford: Oxford University Press.
PAUL CRAWFORD and CHARLEY BAKER, 2009. Literature and Madness: A survey of fiction for students and professionals Journal of Medical Humanities. 30, 237-251
CRAWFORD, P., AUBEELUCK, A., BROWN, B., COTREL-GIBBONS, L., POROCK, D. and BAKER, C., 2009. An evaluation of a DVD trigger based assessment of communication and care delivery skills Nurse Education Today. 29(4), 456-463
March 2007-June 2010 - 3 year Leverhulme Trust funded position as a Research Associate, examining representations of madness in post-war UK and US fiction.
July 2005-March 2007: Research Assistant - Perceptions of coercion: a comparison between home and hospital treatment. Role included conducting clinical interviews, obtaining consent, administering the MacArthur Admission Experience Survey, BPRS and GAF, collecting and inputting demographic data and screening clinical notes.
On-going research areas of interest include:
- Representation of madness and mental health problems in 20th century fiction and autobiography
- Bibliotherapy - reading and wellbeing
- Self Harm and Suicide
- The history of borderline personality disorder as a diagnosis
- Using literature and humanities in clinical education
- 20th Century Literature and literary theory, particularly the theories of Baudrillard, Lyotard, and Foucault.