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Research interests

I research relational experience in the context of mental health, particularly psychosis and suicidality. I take a hermeneutic phenomenological approach and use qualitative methodologies especially creative and visual methods.

I am particularly interested in developing interdisciplinary research. I have a background in the performing arts and also have a masters in Gestalt psychotherapy. I wish to collaborate with researchers and artists from a wide range of backgrounds in order to humanise and enrich our understanding of mental health challenges.

Recent and current projects:

  • 2019-20: Intimacy, medication and mental health (pilot funded by University of Brighton; PI Zoë Boden) 
  • 2018-19: Sexuality in forensic mental health contexts (funded by Wellcome; PI Paula Reavey)
  • 2017-18: Relationships and relationality in mental health (funded by ISRF; PI Zoë Boden) 
  • 2017-18: Psychosis, connectedness and emerging adulthood (funded by Richard Benjamin Trust; PI Zoë Boden)

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising projects that explore what-it-is-like to live and love at times when there is a challenge to mental health or wellbeing. I am also interested in understanding what it is like to care for, live with, and love someone at these times. Exploring relationality in the context of mental health incorporates themes of social exclusion, belonging, marginalisation and community, as well as intimacy, sexuality and connectedness. Projects exploring the impact of services and interventions (e.g. medication, psychotherapy) on relational networks are also of interest.

I supervise projects that use qualitative research methods and that take an experiential approach, typically phenomenological. I have specialist expertise in Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) and use creative, visual and embodied approaches within my own work and in the projects I supervise. I have also examined over 20 doctoral theses (PhD, DClinPsy, DCouns etc.)

Recent and current PhD projects:

  • Intimacy, sexuality and desire in early 'psychosis' (Annie Whilby, Brighton)
  • Suicide prevention and social networks (Helen Mulholland, Liverpool)
  • Intimacy and sexuality in early parenthood (Amy Middleton, Brighton)
  • The psychosocial impact of antipsychotic use in early 'psychosis' (Sarah Bögle, LSBU)
  • Experiences of space in secure forensic mental health settings (Katharine Harding, LSBU)
  • Dance, technology and lived experience of biometric feedback (interdisciplinary with Arts; Jeanette Ginslov, LSBU)
  • Intimacy and MDMA use in couples (Katie Anderson, LSBU)
  • Taking part in mental health interventions on TV (Hannah Selby, Brighton)

Keywords

  • BF Psychology
  • mental health
  • emotion
  • relationality
  • phenomenology
  • Qualitative Methods
  • visual methods
  • hermeneutics
  • interpretative phenomenological analysis
  • psychosis
  • suicide and suicide prevention
  • social networks
  • LGBTQ+ health
  • intimacy
  • sexuality

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