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Professor Rhiannon Corcoran PhD

Professor of Psychology and Public Mental Health Primary Care & Mental Health

Research

The psychological, social and environmental determinants of mental health and wellbeing

I study the socio-cognitive, affective and societal mechanisms underlying mental health and wellbeing using converging methods. I adopt transdiagnostic, dimensional symptom -based approaches to my research into social cognition, decision-making and reasoning while exploring the interaction of these with the wider determinants of mental health and wellbeing.
I am particularly interested in the interaction between people's mental health and wellbeing and their living environment and communities. I direct the Prosocial Place Programme, a multidisciplinary knowledge exchange and action research initiative that combines knowledge bases of health and wellbeing and urban design/ planning. I lead the Community Wellbeing Evidence Programme for the UK's What Works Centre for Wellbeing.

The Psychology of Shared Reading

I have an interest in practices such as Shared Reading that offer community and a way to reframe personal experiences in a beneficial and sustainable manner but which themselves are not therapy. In this work I collaborate with Englosh scholars Prof. Phil Davis and Dr. Josie Billington and with The Reader Organisation

Research Group Membership

Research Grants

North West Coast CLAHRC

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE (UK) (DOH/DHSC/NIHR), LCCG - LIVERPOOL CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP (UK)

January 2014 - June 2021

Co-creating online literary resources to build a national future for reader volunteering and a real-world legacy of the Cultural Value Project.

ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL (AHRC)

June 2017 - May 2018

Facilitate public led research into inequalities in mental health care

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE (UK) (DOH/DHSC/NIHR)

November 2016 - June 2021

Bringing Wellbeing to Community.

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (ESRC), WHAT WORKS WELLBEING (UK)

June 2015 - April 2021

The Art of Social Prescribing: informing policy on creative interventions in mental health care.

ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL (AHRC)

June 2014 - May 2015

The Prosocial Place Programme: Pilot Studies.

LCCG - LIVERPOOL CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP (UK)

July 2013 - July 2017

Assessing the intrinsic value, and health and well-being benefits, for individual and community, of The Reader Organisation's Volunteer Reader Scheme.

ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL (AHRC)

September 2013 - September 2014

Reading as Catalyst for Change.

MERSEY CARE NHS TRUST (UK)

April 2015 - October 2019