Research Assistant, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
I have an interdisciplinary background, obtaining a BA in English Literature from UEA in 1995 and subsequently qualifying as a professional community and youth worker in 1997. I worked for 20 years in the NHS and third sector within community arts, substance misuse, sexual health and mental health services, and was the founding director of Sheffield's LGBT and HIV youth services. In 2006 I co-founded Out Aloud, Sheffield's LGBT choir and in 2008 I obtained my MA in sociological research methods from the University of Sheffield, undertaking an ethnography of the performance of identity within LGBT choirs.
A continuous theme in my professional and academic work has been the role of personal stories in transforming stigmatised identities. In September 2017 I commenced work at the Institute of Mental Health on the Narrative Experiences Online study (NEON), investigating whether having online access to people's stories of personal recovery from mental ill health can help people experiencing psychosis (and other mental health challenges) with their own recovery.
In addition to my RA role within NEON, I am currently undertaking a part-time PhD funded by the School of Health Sciences. The PhD will take a narrative approach to investigating "what makes a 'good'… read more
In addition to my RA role within NEON, I am currently undertaking a part-time PhD funded by the School of Health Sciences. The PhD will take a narrative approach to investigating "what makes a 'good' recovery narrative", investigating the benefits and disbenefits for narrator and recipient, and exploring questions of disnarration, power, and what is "allowed" to be told in given historical moments. It is being supervised by Professor Paul Crawford and Dr Stefan Rennick-Egglestone.
My research interests include the role of stories in the negotiation and transformation of stigmatised identities, personal recovery in mental health, staff wellbeing within mental health services and the roles of mindfulness and the arts in wellbeing.
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