Miss Dorothy Williams
Dorothy is a Research Assistant in the Department of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience. She completed a BSc in Psychology at the University of Bath and an MSc in Global Mental Health at the University of Edinburgh.
Dorothy has previously worked as a research assistant on various projects. She has experience in participatory research/co-production and collaborating with a range of stakeholders. Prior to joining King’s, her most recent research assistant posting centred on the development and production of the ‘Malawi Maternal Mental Health Manual’, on which she is a lead editor. The manual is a practical guide to delivering comprehensive, compassionate and empowering maternal mental healthcare in Malawi. Dorothy also has various third-sector experience, including supporting young people and adults who hear voices in both community and detained settings, as well as clinical experience as an assistant psychologist in an NHS complex trauma clinic.
Dorothy joined King’s College London in January 2024 to work on the Marginalised Communities and Mental Health Programme, predominantly working on the CONtributions of social NETworks to Community Thriving (CONNECT) study. The CONNECT study uses participatory action research to investigate social capital and networks as resources that benefit (or hinder) marginalised communities and their mental health and wellbeing. It focuses primarily on Black and other minoritised groups, with an intersectional focus accounting for gender, migration, socio-economic status, and more.
- Global mental health
- Community mental health and engagement in low-resource settings (regional interest in East Africa)
- Culturally informed mental health care
- Distress in a social context
- Marginalised groups, intersectionality and disparities in mental health
- Forced displacement and refugee mental health
- Complex and intergenerational trauma
Expertise and Public Engagement
Dorothy has volunteered for various mental health charities facilitating peer support groups for both those with lived experience and their carers. This has included facilitating hearing voices peer support groups and eating disorders peer support groups.