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Service User Research Enterprise (SURE)

Service User Research Enterprise (SURE) staff

SURE is led by two Co-Directors:

Diana-RoseProfessor Diana Rose - the world’s first Professor of User-Led Research and a social scientist and mental health service user who pioneered user-focused research.




til-wykesProfessor Til Wykes, a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation, who heads the Centre for Recovery in Severe Psychosis (CRiSP) in the Department of Psychology at the Institute of Pyschiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. CRiSP has a tradition of involving service users in its research and laid the foundations for the launch of SURE.

Assistant Director

Dr Stan Papoulias is a Post-Doctoral Researcher and Deputy Lead of the PPI Theme at the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South London. Stan is an academic and a long term user of mental health services, who trained and worked in cultural studies for many years.  They came to SURE in 2012, and are currently undertaking an ethnography of service user and carer involvement in research while also overseeing the embedding of such involvement across the CLAHRC South London. While Stan is working across health fields, they are primarily interested in mental health and in the use of participatory and visual methods. They are keen to bring in perspectives from the arts and the humanities to health research and investigate how different methodologies may inform our understanding of ‘experience’.


Dr Liz Brosnan completed her PhD in sociology at the University of Limerick, 2013 on the topic of mental health service-user involvement, examining the inherent tensions for service-users, service-providers and movement actors in involvement practices and policies. Her thesis included developing survivor standpoint epistemology, a recognition of the value and wisdom encapsulated in the voices of lived experience. Her research interests include power and participatory praxis, especially with marginalised groups. She has also co-authored on critical legal theory of consent; gender, sexuality and mental health and critical pedagogy in social work education.  Liz worked as a post-doc researcher at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway from 2015. She joined SURE in March 2017, to work on Professor Diana Rose’s Wellcome funded project, EURIKHA, looking at the history, status and impact of user/survivor-led research and knowledge production worldwide.

Savitri Hensman is the Patient and Public Involvement Coordinator for the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South London. She has worked for many years in supporting service user, carer and public involvement in health and social care and enabling community development.

Dr Dina Poursanidou completed her first degree in Philosophy, Psychology and Education Studies in Greece and then came to England to complete a Master’s degree and a PhD in Education at the University of Nottingham. She has since worked as a researcher at a number of different universities, completing studies in the fields of mental health, education, child health, youth justice and social policy/social welfare. In recent years, she has worked as a service user researcher. Part of Dina's role in the King's Improvement Science project has been to help other KIS Fellows think critically about public and patient involvement activities in their projects.

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