Broadly speaking, my research interests lie in health, mental health and wellbeing, and the policies, services, interventions and methodological issues related to these, including:

  • Personal experiences of health, mental health and wellbeing
  • Personal experiences of (mental) health related policies, services and interventions
  • Professionals’ interpretation and application of (mental) health related policies, services and interventions
  • Coercion and adherence: their meaning and application and how they are experienced by patients, professionals and carers
  • Methodological issues:
    • Recruiting and interviewing people from vulnerable and marginalised groups, including people living in poverty, BME communities, prisoners, people with substance use disorders, children and young people with weight issues, and people with mild to severe mental health problems and/or in challenging settings (e.g. prisons, hospitals);
    • Public/user involvement in policy, service delivery, and research.

I am particularly interested in the reasons why individuals do or do not use services / accept or refuse treatment (adherence or compliance) and the consequences (e.g. coercion or compulsion).

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