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I am a Professor of Social Work at the University of York. This blog arises from my work and my reflections upon it. One of its aims is to help to bridge the gap between the academic and practice fields of social work. All views expressed here are my personal opinions and do not represent any organisation which I am affiliated to.

My academic career began at the Institute of Psychiatry in 2002 when I started a Department of Health funded Social Science Fellowship under the supervision of Professor Peter Huxley. Prior to that I worked in a residential home for adults with learning disabilities and as a social worker in a community mental health team with adults with mental health problems. This included performing statutory functions as an Approved Social Worker and undertaking a piece of practitioner research on social exclusion and the use of the emergency civil section of the Mental Health Act 1983.

My research and teaching interests can be found elsewhere on this blog, as can a list of my publications. I can supply PDF copies of my peer-reviewed papers on request. If you would like further information about anything I refer to, or my teaching or research interests, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Some links to relevant pages on the University of York website:

Staff profile

International Centre for Mental Health Social Research

Department of Social Work and Social Policy

Making Research Count


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