Research Group

Mental health and psychological wellbeing


This multi-disciplinary research group comprises staff from the School of Health and Social Care as well as staff from other departments including Psychology and Biological Sciences.

The group has a diverse range of interests across the broad area of mental health and psychological wellbeing with applications for health services, communities, social care and charitable work.

Projects & Publications


Positive Choices Evaluation - joint project with Suffolk County Council and The Ormiston Trust (Pam Cox, Frances Blumenfeld, Danny Taggart, Caroline Barratt, Jackie Thornton)

The Tavistock Adult Depression Study (TADS): A randomised controlled trial of psychoanalytic psychotherapy for treatment-resistant/treatment-refractory forms of depression (Susan McPherson as a member of the research team based at the Tavistock Clinic, led by David Taylor and Peter Fonagy)

Exploring the value of facilitation in peer-support groups for people with mental health difficulties (Kerri Walster, Susan McPherson, Caroline Barratt, in collaboration with Colchester MIND)

Recovery and Resilience: a sociological critique of strength-based models of mental health, (David Harper [UEL] and Ewen Speed, funded by the Foundation for Sociology of Health and Illness).



Winter, H., Moncrieff, J. and Speed, E. (2015) 'Because You're Worth It': A discourse analysis of the gendered rhetoric of the ADHD woman, Qualitative Research in Psychology, 12(4), 415-434, DOI:10.1080/14780887.2015.1050748.

Speed, E. and Harper, D. (2015) Foreword to the Special Issue, Clinical Psychology Forum Special Issue: 'Recovery'?, 268, 1-2.


Speed, E., Moncreiff, J. and Rapley, M. (eds.) (2014) De-Medicalising Misery II: society, politics and the mental health industry, London: Palgrave MacMillan.
Burchill, J. & Pevalin D.J. (2014) Demonstrating cultural competence within health visiting practice: Working with refugees and asylum seeker families. Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, 11(2): 151-159


Hiskey, S. & McPherson, S. (2013) That’s Just Life: Older Adult Constructs of Trauma, Ageing and Mental Health, Published online February 2013.

Andrews, L., Joseph, S., Troop, N., Van Rooyen, T, Dunn, B.D. & Dalgleish, T. (2013). The structure of avoidance following trauma: Preliminary development of the Posttraumatic Avoidance Scale (PAS). Traumatology, 19, 126-135.

McPherson, S.,Clayton, S., Wood, H. , Hiskey, S., Andrews, L. (2013) Childhood experiences of adults with sexual, gambling, drug and/or alcohol difficulties, Journal of Sexual Compulsivity, 20(4), 259-278


Harper, D. and Speed, E. (2012) Uncovering Recovery: The Resistible Rise of Recovery and Resilience, Studies in Social Justice, 6(1): The Politics of Resilience and Recovery in Mental Health Care, 9-26.

Taylor D., Carlyle, J., McPherson, S., Rost, F, Thomas, R. (2012) The Tavistock Adult Depression Study (TADS): A randomised controlled trial of psychoanalytic psychotherapy for treatment-resistant/treatment-refractory forms of depression. BMC Psychiatry, 12:60

Speed, E. and Taggart, D. (2012) It's your problem but you need us to help you fix it: the paradox at the heart of the IAPT agenda, Asylum Magazine for Democratic Psychiatry - Special Issue on Anti-Capitalism and Mental Health, 19(3), 23-24.


Speed, E. (2011) Discourses of Acceptance and Resistance: Speaking out about Psychiatry, in Mark Rapley, Joanna Moncrieff and Jacqui Dillon (Eds.) (2011) Demedicalising Misery: Psychiatry, Psychology and the Human Condition, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Thompson, H. & McPherson, S. (2011) The experience of living with a foster sibling, as described by the birth children of foster carers: a thematic analysis of the literature, Adoption and Fostering, 35(2), 49-60


Pevalin, D.J. (2009) Housing repossessions, evictions and common mental illness in the UK: results from a household panel study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 63: 949-951.


Pevalin, D.J., Taylor, M.P. and Todd, J. (2008) The Dynamics of Unhealthy Housing in the United Kingdom: A Panel Data Analysis. Housing Studies, 23: 673-695.