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Scholarly biography

Barbara is a full-time Research Fellow at the School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton. Her current work focuses on evaluating the HeadStart programme in Blackpool. HeadStart is a multi-agency programme, funded by the National Lottery Fund, aiming to increase resilience in young people and improve mental well-being by building a resilience revolution across the whole of Blackpool. Barbara completed her PhD at the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research, Lancaster University in 2018. Her PhD project focused on understanding the personal recovery concept and recovery experiences of people with bipolar disorder. While conducting her PhD research, Barbara worked as an academic researcher on both public and mental health research projects working directly with individuals with severe mental health problems, such as bipolar disorder, and their relatives. Prior to her PhD, Barbara worked in clinical and community mental health settings and in voluntary capacity with children, adolescents and adults with caring responsibilities and/or mental health problems.

Research interests

Barbara’s primary interest lies in mental health research and approaching mental health problems in a holistic way, considering a wide range of experiences of individuals. She is passionate about preventing mental health problems and improving mental health services, interventions and outcomes for service users and their families.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Lancaster University

1 Oct 201331 Jan 2018

Award Date: 19 Sep 2018

Master, Lancaster University

1 Oct 201028 Sep 2012

Award Date: 1 Oct 2012

Bachelor, Eotvos Lorand University

1 Sep 200715 Jul 2010

Award Date: 15 Jul 2010

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Research Output

A web-based, peer-supported self-management intervention to reduce distress in relatives of people with psychosis or bipolar disorder: the REACT RCT

Lobban, F., Akers, N., Appelbe, D., Iraci Capuccinello, R., Chapman, L., Collinge, L., Dodd, S., Flowers, S., Hollingsworth, B., Honary, M., Johnson, S., Jones, S. H., Mateus, C., Mezes, B., Murray, E., Panagaki, K., Rainford, N., Robinson, H., Rosala-Hallas, A., W, S. & 2 others, Walker, A. & Williamson, P. R., 30 Jun 2020, In : Health Technology Assessment. 24, 32, p. 1-142 142 p.

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  • Clinical effectiveness of a web-based peer-supported self-management intervention for relatives of people with psychosis or bipolar (REACT): online, observer-blind, randomised controlled superiority trial

    Lobban, A. F., Akers, N., Appelbe, D., Chapman, L., Collinge, E., Dodd, S., Flowers, S., Hollingsworth, B., Johnson, S., Jones, S. H., Mateus, C., Mezes, B., Murray, E., Panagaki, K., Rainford, N., Robinson, H. A., Rosala-Hallas, A., Sellwood, W., Walker, A. & Williamson, P., 14 Apr 2020, In : BMC Psychiatry. 20, 1, 160.

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  • IMPlementation of An online Relatives’ Toolkit for psychosis or bipolar (IMPART study): iterative multiple case study to identify key factors impacting on staff uptake and use

    Lobban, F., Appelbe, D., Appleton, V., Billsborough, J., Fisher, N. R., Foster, S., Gill, B., Glentworth, D., Harrop, C., Johnson, S., Jones, S. H., Kovacs, T. Z., Lewis, E., Mezes, B., Morton, C., Murray, E., O’Hanlon, P., Pinfold, V., Rycroft-Malone, J., Siddle, R. & 4 others, Smith, J., Sutton, C. J., Viglienghi, P. & Walker, A., 17 Mar 2020, In : BMC Health Services Research. 20, 1, 219.

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  • Methodological Challenges in Web-Based Trials: Update and Insights From the Relatives Education and Coping Toolkit Trial

    Robinson, H., Appelbe, D., Dodd, S., Flowers, S., Johnson, S., Jones, S. H., Mateus, C., Mezes, B., Murray, E., Rainford, N., Rosala-Hallas, A., Walker, A., Williamson, P. & Lobban, F., 17 Jul 2020, In : JMIR Mental Health. 7, 7, e15878.

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  • Understanding personal recovery experiences in bipolar disorder

    Mezes, B., 2018

    Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis