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Sanchika  Campbell

Sanchika Campbell

  • PhD students

PhD student

Religion, religious coping and mental health among Black ethnic groups in South-East London.

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Sanchika is a PhD student at the Centre for Society & Mental Health, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Her PhD is focused on religion, religious coping and mental health among Black ethnic groups in South-East London. She plans to use an interdisciplinary approach and mixed-methods to address the project’s aims. Details on the project can be found here:

Sanchika previously worked as a Research Assistant with the Integrating Mental and Physical health: Research, Training & Services (IMPARTS) programme, and led on initiating and coordinating the patient and public engagement side of the programme. Prior to this, she worked as a Research Assistant for the third phase of the South East London Community Health (SELCoH) study, whilst simultaneously completing her Masters. She has been a member of the Health Inequalities Research Network (HERON) since 2013, and is passionate about empowering marginalised communities. Before her research roles, she acquired over 4 years of work experience in psychiatric (acute and forensic) units, after completing her BSc in Psychology at UCL. This clinical and research experience, alongside her personal and contextual experience of living and working in South East London has since inspired her focus on addressing health and social inequalities.

Education and Training

  • 2020 PhD student (ESRC Centre for Society & Mental Health), King’s College London.
  • 2015 MSc Mental Health Services and Population Research (distinction), King’s College London.
  • 2008 BSc (Honours) Psychology (2:1), University College London.


Research Interests

  • Ethnic minority mental and social health inequalities, with a focus on religion and mental health (PhD studentship).
  • Participatory Action Research approaches within marginalised communities.
  • Integrated healthcare approaches.


Expertise and Public Engagement 


  • Stuart, R., Campbell, S., Osumili, B., Robinson, E.J., Frost-Gaskin, M., Pacitti, R., McCrone, P. and Henderson, C., 2020. Do welfare benefit reassessments of people with mental health conditions lead to worse mental health? A prospective cohort study.International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 66(2), pp.136-149.
  • Campbell, S., Gazard, B., Woodhead, C., Harber-Aschan, L., Beards, S., Harber-Aschan, J., Gazzard, M., Yaman, E., Murugesu, A. and Hatch, S.L., 2019. Involving young people through co-production and widening participation approaches: Reflections from school-based engagement. Research for All, 3(1), pp.42-58. (
  • Hayee, B.H., Watson, K.L., Campbell, S., Simpson, A., Farrell, E., Hutchings, P., Macedo, P., Perrin, F., Whelan, K. and Elston, C., 2019. A high prevalence of chronic gastrointestinal symptoms in adults with cystic fibrosis is detected using tools already validated in other GI disorders.United European Gastroenterology Journal, 7(7), pp.881-888.
  • Yeung, E., Campbell, C., Fan, K. (2017). Hand Held Psychiatry for Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 55(10):e188-e189.