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Biography

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 Centre for Mental Health as researcher on a study of the British Survivor Movement (On Our Own Terms, 2003) before moving to the Service User Research Enterprise at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London 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 the Service User Research Enterprise in the Spring of 2020 and will be taking over from Professor Diana Rose when she retires in Autumn 2020.

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 will be undertaking a two-year NIHR Development and Skills Award from September 2020.

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 Change (NHS England). Loneliness and Social Isolation in Mental Health Research Network Advisory Group