I am a lecturer in Mad Studies having started at Queen Margaret University in 2022. Mad studies is a field of scholarship and activism which seeks to highlight the lived experience of people who identify as mad, psychiatric survivors or experience mental ill health. I have consistently carried out research in the mental health field. I completed my undergraduate degree in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Stirling in 2014, followed by a Masters in Social Research at the University of Edinburgh in 2016. I have also recently submitted my PhD thesis in Social Work at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. My PhD thesis examines young people’s experiences and conceptualizations of mental health stigma in Scotland. I am interested in the ways in which mental ill health are understood currently and over time and aim for research which illuminates instances of inequality in order to challenge injustice. I taught Social Policy during my PhD and I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. During my PhD I was seconded to Yale University and presented at a conference in New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. I previously worked at the Mental Health Foundation.
I am interested in research which challenges injustice, including those who experience mental ill health and young people.
Active research interests
Childhood, Youth, Young People
Injustice and Inequalities
Participatory Action Research
I teach on the MSc in Mad Studies and the Mad People’s History and Identity Course.