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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

Master, Lancaster University

1 Oct 201028 Sep 2012

Bachelor, Eotvos Lorand University

1 Sep 200715 Jul 2010

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Research Output 2015 2018

Understanding personal recovery experiences in bipolar disorder

Mezes, B., 2018

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisResearch

IMPlementation of A Relatives’ Toolkit (IMPART study): an iterative case study to identify key factors impacting on the implementation of a web-based supported self-management intervention for relatives of people with psychosis or bipolar experiences in a National Health Service: a study protocol

Lobban, A. F., Appleton, V. C. J., Applebe, D., Barraclough, J., Bowland, J., Fisher, N. R., Foster, S., Johnson, S., Lewis, E. A., Mateus, C., Mezes, B., Murray, E., O'Hanlon, P., Pinfold, V., Rycroft-Malone, J., Siddle, R., Smith, J., Sutton, C. J., Walker, A. J. & Jones, S. H., 28 Dec 2017, 12, 152.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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National Health Programs
Self Care
Psychotic Disorders
Observation
Education

Protocol for an online randomised controlled trial to evaluate the clinical and cost-effectiveness of a peer-supported self-management intervention for relatives of people with psychosis or bipolar disorder: Relatives Education And Coping Toolkit (REACT)

Lobban, A. F., Robinson, H. A., Appelbe, D., Barraclough, J., Bedson, E., Collinge, E., Dodd, S., Flowers, S., Honary, M., Johnson, S., Caixeiro Mateus, M. D. C., Mezes, B., Minns, V., Murray, E., Walker, A. J., Williamson, P., Wintermeyer, C. & Jones, S. H., 18 Jul 2017, 7

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Self Care
Bipolar Disorder
Psychotic Disorders
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Randomized Controlled Trials

Psychological mechanisms and the ups and downs of personal recovery in bipolar disorder

Dodd, A. L., Mezes, B., Lobban, A. F. & Jones, S. H., 22 May 2017, 56, 3, p. 310-328 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Bipolar Disorder
Psychology
Diagnostic Self Evaluation
Depression
Therapeutics

Beliefs about mood swings and the experience of recovery in bipolar disorder

Dodd, A. L., Jones, S. H., Lobban, A. F. & Mezes, B., 2015.

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