service user/lived experience researchmental healthpsychosisQualitative research
I am driven to understand intimately the constituent parts of the mental health sector and the influence of the power dynamics enacted within (and without) it in order to effect positive change for those who use the system. Humbled by the sheer depth of knowledge and experience within the service user movement in Australia, I am dedicated to privileging these voices through my work.
My doctoral research explores the contribution of decision-making about mental health treatment to the recovery journey, from the perspective of people diagnosed with schizophrenia.
This research is informed by a number of years working in applied research and evaluation within the health, community services and education sectors within government and not for profit organisations, in which I focused on working closely with relevant stakeholders to produce engaging and relevant insights. To my mind, the value of research lies in the researcher's ability to translate findings for use by a variety of audiences.
I am invigorated by visiting new places, grounded by yoga, meditation and communing with nature, and keep my restless legs occupied (and knees and elbows frequently grazed) by riding my bike. These rituals buoy my health and wellbeing, and fuel my dedication to improving others’ experience of the psychiatric system.
" Clozapine makes me quite drowsy, so when I wake up in the morning those first cups of coffee are really handy " : an exploratory qualitative study of excessive caffeine consumption among individuals with schizophrenia