Diana Rose was Professor of User Led Research and Director of the Service User Research Enterprise (SURE) at King’s College London until her retirement in August 2020. She was also the lead in Patient and Public Involvement in several large research programmes at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience.
Diana is a pioneer of user-led mental health research, the development of new methodologies and new conceptual work. As well as an academic, Diana has been an activist for 30 years.
Mental and physical health
There is a lot of work on the physical health of people with serious distress. The mortality rate for people diagnosed with psychosis is 20 years lower than for the general population.
Patient and Public Involvement in Research
Patient and Public Involvement can refer to any activity – policy making, forms of organisation and design all count.
The Sharp End of Psychiatry
I have always been interested in the ‘sharp’ end of psychiatry – compulsory admission, treatments like ECT and Seclusion.
What’s in a name?
There are a variety of terms used to describe people who experience distress and use, or refuse, mental health services. These are not random.
Research and activism
I have mentioned several times that I don’t do research for research’s sake but to try to make a difference.
There has long been a belief amongst mainstream thinkers and researchers that the mad are “irrational” – the direct opposite of what is usually thought of as ‘scientific’.