Meet the team

The EURIKHA project team

Diana Rose has been a mental health service user all her adult life and has had two academic careers. The first was as a conventional social scientist but that came to a sticky end. She spent ten years ‘living in the community’ and became involved in the survivor movement. She came back into research and brought together her two identities as a ‘service user researcher’ 20 years ago. First she worked in an NGO developing peer evaluation of mental health services and then she went to King’s College London where four years ago, much to her surprise, she was made Professor of User-Led Research.

Liz Brosnan is a survivor researcher and sociologist. She started a career as a clinical psychologist, then experienced psychiatry first-hand for over a decade, both involuntarily and later more passively. A service user-led research project in 2000 launched another career as a researcher and activist. She has published work about power dynamics and conditions participation, the Irish user/survivor movement, and service-user involvement in education. She is also interested in socio-legal theory such as: informed consent, coercion, and rights-based frameworks. After almost 20 years of research, community activism, and advocacy in Ireland, she moved to London to work with Diana Rose on EURIKHA.

Jayasree Kalathilis a London-based researcher, writer, translator and mental health activist with a background in literary and cultural studies. She runs Survivor Research, a virtual collective of independent survivor researchers. Her research focuses on the intersections between ‘race’, racialisation, gender, culture and madness. Jayasree leads the EURIKHA sub-project, Still We Rise, which explores the history of mental health user/survivor activism, advocacy and knowledge production by racialised groups/people of colour in the UK.

Akriti Mehtais a user-researcher and has experienced mental health services in India and the UK. Her academic background is in mental health.  Akriti is particularly interested in movements led by users/survivors/people with psychosocial disability in the ‘global south’; and how they influence and are influenced by local and global shifts including legal reform, movement for global mental health, and the emergence of international networks of users/survivors/people with psychosocial disabilities.

Ruth Silverleaf has worked on a range of community projects about sustainable activism based on systems of cooperative care, as a result of her experience as a mental health service user. Before becoming a user-researcher at SURE, her academic background is in psychology and computer science. Ruth has also worked closely with communities responding to sexual/sexualised violence and abuse.

Alison Faulknerhas experience as a mental health service user/survivor and researcher. As a service user, she has experience of acute wards, crisis services, psychotherapy and medication; and retains a lifetime ambition to reform acute mental health care. Her academic background started in psychology but worked its way around to mental health and survivor research, mainly through working in the voluntary sector. Her PhD is entitled ‘Knowing Our Own Minds: the role and value of experiential knowledge in mental health research’. She is self-employed and continues to work mainly in the voluntary sector.

Our collaborators on the project include: Peter Beresford, Andrew Roberts (Survivors’ History Group), Sarah Gordon, Til Wykes, Michael Njenga (Users and Survivors of Psychiatry in Kenya), and Alberto Vásquez.