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Dr Angela Sweeney
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Dr Angela Sweeney

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Senior Lecturer in User Led Research

Research subject areas

  • Population Health
  • Psychiatry

Contact details


Dr Angela Sweeney identifies as a trauma survivor and survivor researcher. She conducted her first survivor research project as an undergraduate student in 1998. In 2001 she joined the (then Sainsbury) Centre for Mental Health as a researcher on a study of the British Survivor Movement (On Our Own Terms, 2003) before moving to the Service User Research Enterprise where she gained a PhD in medical sociology. After working at the Social Care Institute for Excellence and UCL, and completing an NIHR Post-Doctoral Fellowship at St George's, Angela returned to SURE as Director in 2021.

Dr Sweeney is co-editor of Searching for a Rose Garden: challenging psychiatry, fostering Mad Studies (2016), and lead editor of This is Survivor Research (2009). She is currently undertaking an NIHR Development and Skills Fellowship.

Research Interests

  • Survivor led research
  • Trauma informed approaches
  • Parenting and the perinatal period
  • Gender based violence
  • Alternatives to biomedical psychiatry

Expertise and Public Engagement

  • Co-Chair of the Trauma-Informed Community of Action. 
  • Loneliness and Social Isolation in Mental Health Research Network Advisory Group.
  • NIHR ARC Mental Health Implementation Network Advisory Board.