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Kate Spencer-Brand is a current PhD Student in the Health Service and Population Research Department at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London.  This is following on from completing this Department’s MSc in Mental Health Service & Population Research in 2013 and being awarded the inaugural IoPPN Prize Studentship to continue her studies.   

Her PhD study is a Qualitative Longitudinal design exploring the experiences of Crisis and potential Recovery in people living with a BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) diagnosis. 

Previously she completed a BA(Hons) in Philosophy at the University of Warwick in 2005, and a Post Graduate Diploma (Conversion Course) in Psychology in 2008, at Nottingham University. 

She has acted as a Peer Reviewer for the Journal of Mental Health.

Research Interests 

  • Service User/Survivor Research, Mad Studies, Disability Studies, Feminist and Intersectionality theory. 
  • Qualitative, Participatory and Mixed-Methods research methodologies and Interdisciplinary research, including in Philosophy and Medicine. 
  • Critical evaluation of mainstream epidemiological and health services research theory and literature, particularly in relation to Personality Disorder.