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Mental & Physical Health Disparities


The Mental & Physical Health Disparities research theme consists of clinical and non-clinical academics, researchers and students investigating disparities in both physical and mental health. The disparities we investigate include (but are not limited to): age, class, employment status, health status (e.g., long term conditions), migration status, racial/ethnic, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and the interaction between them. 

We are interested in understanding how such disparities influence mental and physical health and illness, treatment access, treatment adherence, treatment experience and outcomes, service design, as well as the suitability/acceptability of research methods and designs. We investigate factors contributing to disparities so that we can apply the findings to improve treatments and services. We are also interested in Public-Patient Involvement (PPI) and involving under-represented communities in research.

Methodologies we employ include causal modelling and inference, intervention development and evaluation; genetically sensitive designs (e.g., twin studies), mixed methods (qualitative/quantitative), utilizing large existing datasets and virtual reality.