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Phoebe Averill

PhD Student


My doctoral research is funded by The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute (THIS Institute) and focuses on safety and quality in mental healthcare.

Before starting at King’s College London, I completed my BSc in Psychology and MSc in Clinical Psychology and Mental Health at the University of Sussex, where I was awarded the Tony Gale Memorial Prize for best undergraduate research project, and the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Awards for best research dissertation and best overall performance during my master’s degree.

My prior experience includes work in a research capacity within an applied social policy context and as part of various academic collaborations. I have contributed to research addressing topics such as young people's mental health services, education, and social care. I have also worked within a range of inpatient mental healthcare settings, which provide care to service users in acute, secure, and addiction rehabilitation care pathways.

Research Interests

  • Mental health services research
  • Patient safety
  • Quality improvement
  • Mixed-methods research


I am a Graduate Teaching Assistant on the Psychology and Development module, which forms part of the core BSc. Psychology undergraduate degree course at King’s College London.