Dr Xenya Kantaris

School: Centre for Public Engagement

Job Title: Research Associate and Interim Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Lead


Phone: +44 (0)20 8725 4213

Location: St George's, University of London


Since 2000, Dr Xenya Kantaris has worked as a research psychologist on a number of projects and clinical trials both nationally and internationally. She gained her PhD in psychology in 2010, in which she co-ordinated the development and validation of a patient-based health outcome measure for adults with beta thalassaemia major (BTM).

In her current role as research associate at Kingston & St George's, Xenya works in collaboration with staff at the South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust in developing quality assurance tools for nursing with regard to performance indicators, undertakes secondary analysis of data from completed projects regarding patients detained under 136 of the Mental Health Act, and contributes (as a co-applicant) to the development of research proposals focusing on service user involvement, mental health nursing and virtual patients.
Xenya also supervises and tutors students studying psychology up to PhD level. She has been a sessional and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate lecturer at Brunel University's Department of Social Sciences since 2009 and is currently supervising 7 postgraduate students.

Xenya is an active member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and gained chartership status in 2010. She is also a member of the Directory of Voluntary Careers Speakers at BPS. In 2010, she became a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (London).

Academic and professional qualifications

  • CPsychol,
  • PhD, Psychology
  • CSci, Psychology
  • MSc, Mental Health Studies
  • BSc(Hons), Psychology

Professional registration and membership

  • Directory of Voluntary Careers Speakers, British Psychological Society
  • Division of Teachers and Researchers in Psychology, British Psychological Society
  • Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society
  • Fellow (London), Royal Society of Medicine

Research interests

Health and social care in general, mental health, workforce development (training and education), chronic (genetic) illness, quality of life, patient and public involvement, patient 'lived experience', mixed methodology (and analyses) and tool development (etools)

Grants and funding

  • 2014 - 2017
    Multiple grants internal and external health and social care projects


Patient and public involvement in research proposal development and execution and design and delivery of health and social care research.


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Chambers, Mary and Kantaris, Xenya (2017) Enhancing the therapeutic interaction skills of staff working in acute adult inpatient psychiatric wards : outcomes of a brief intervention education programme. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 7(11), p. 123. ISSN (print) 1925-4040

Chambers, Mary, McAndrew, Susan, Nolan, Fiona, Thomas, Ben, Watts, Paul and Kantaris, Xenya (2016) Service user involvement in the coproduction of a mental health nursing metric : The Therapeutic Engagement Questionnaire. Health Expectations, ISSN (print) 1369-6513 (In Press)

Chambers, M., Kantaris, X., Guise, V. and Välimäki, M. (2015) Managing and caring for distressed and disturbed service users: the thoughts and feelings experienced by a sample of English mental health nurses. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 22(5), pp. 289-297. ISSN (print) 1351-0126

Staniuliene, Vida, Chambers, Mary, Kantaris, Xenya, Kontio, Raija, Kuosmanen, Lauri, Scott, Anne, Rebelo Botelho, Maria Antonia, Zanotti, Renzo and Valimaki, Maritta (2013) The feelings and thoughts of mental health nurses concerning the management of distressed and disturbed in-patients: A comparative qualitative European study. Open Journal of Nursing, 3(6), pp. 426-436. ISSN (print) 2162-5336

Kantaris, Xenya (2012) The stigma of ill health. The Psychologist, 25(9), p. 643. ISSN (print) 0952-8229

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