Psychology, Mental Health and Distress

First edition

by John Cromby, David Harper & Paula Reavey

About the authors

John Cromby

John Cromby is Senior Lecturer at Loughborough University, UK. Previously, he conducted research and teaching at the Universities of Nottingham and Bradford, and he has experience of working in mental health, drug addiction and learning disability settings. His work engages with the ways that bodies and social processes come together to produce experience, including experiences of distress. In recent years this has meant exploring topics such as paranoia, clinical sadness, emotion and fear of crime, and experimenting with methods of jointly analysing textual data and embodied activity. He is a former editor of the journal Subjectivity.

David Harper

David Harper is Reader in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London (UEL). He trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Liverpool and worked as a clinical psychologist in National Health Service mental health services in the north-west of the UK for nine years. For a number of years he combined work as a clinician with part-time study for a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has been at UEL since 2000 and his research interests are in applying critical psychology and social constructionist ideas to the understanding both of distress (particularly paranoia and unusual experiences and beliefs) and the work of mental health professions. He co-authored Deconstructing psychopathology (Sage, 1995) and co-edited Qualitative research methods in mental health and psychotherapy: An introduction for students and practitioners (Wiley, 2012). He undertakes a small amount of clinical work as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Newham as part of the Systemic Consultation Service. Find out more about David here.

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Paula Reavey is Professor of Psychology at London South Bank University, where she delivers a module on the psychology of mental health and distress. She has co-edited two volumes, New Feminist Stories of Child Sexual Abuse: Sexual Scripts and Dangerous Dialogues(with Sam Warner, Routledge, 2003) and Memory Matters: Contexts for Understanding Sexual Abuse Recollections (with Janice Haaken, Psychology Press, 2009), and a sole edited volume, Visual Psychologies: Using and Interpreting Images in Qualitative Research (Routledge, 2011). She is currently working on a co-authored book Vital Memory: Ethics, Affect and Agency(with Steven D. Brown, Routledge, 2013) and has also published numerous articles on social remembering, child sexual abuse and sexuality, mental distress, and embodiment and space, using a variety of methodologies, including memory work, discourse analysis and visual methods. Find out more about Paula here

In addition to the main author team, this book also features a number of other contributors. To find out more about the contributors, click here.