Psychological And Cognitive Conditions Research Group

Psychological And Cognitive Conditions Research Group

This multi-disciplinary research group holds wide ranging knowledge and expertise in the areas of psychological and cognitive conditions, in particular Mental Health, Dementia and Intellectual Disability. Our core research topics include Dementia, Intellectual Disabilities, Self-harm, Children and Young People, Family Carers, Workforce Development and Service Improvement initiatives in mental health.

In recent years there has been a growing commitment within government to transform the support available to people with psychological and cognitive conditions. This means that the areas represented in this research group are increasingly a priority for research funding. The Department of Health is leading on the development of a 10-year Strategy for Mental Health Research and has just published The Framework for Mental Health Research (December, 2017), in response to the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health (2016). Recommendations outlined in The Framework for Mental Health Research match the activity of this group, for example, the emphasis on young people and prevention of mental health problems. This document also highlights the need for interdisciplinary research emphasising the importance of education, social care and voluntary sector working together. The need for a more interdisciplinary approach to research expertise in mental health, including sociologists, educationalists, statisticians and improvement scientists is also highlighted, which also reflects the membership of this group.

Following the launch of the 2020 dementia challenge, Government funding for dementia research doubled to over £60m a year. ‘Mental health and dementia’ is listed by the Department of Health as one of seven key ‘Areas of Research Interest’.

Integral to the research and scholarship activity of the group is Patient and Public Involvement (PPI), something which is also emphasised in The Framework for Mental Health Research. As a multidisciplinary group that includes service user researchers, carers, clinicians and academics we are able to take a more empirical approach to demonstrating the impact of PPI in research and well placed to capitalise on the range of Government initiatives and funding opportunities.



Professor Mary Chambers