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Dr Nicola Morant
6th Floor
Maple House
149 Tottenham Court Road
London
W1T 7NF
Appointment
  • Associate Professor
  • Division of Psychiatry
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Biography

I joined UCL in 2015. Prior to that I worked as a freelance research consultant, and held posts previously as an affiliated lecturer at University of Cambridge, and senior lecturer in social psychology at Anglia Ruskin University. I have also worked for The Open University and in NHS and university-based research posts. I completed an MSc and PhD in social psychology at London School of Economics, and continue to use the broad social science perspective this training gave me in my current work. 

Research Summary

I am an Associate Professor in the Division of Psychiatry, and a specialist in qualitative research methods in mental health.  I work across numerous research projects, leading qualitative work streams that aim broadly to explore and understand the experiences and perspectives of stakeholders (particularly service users) in mental health, and to bring these insights into treatment and service development.  


My specific research interests centre around collaborative forms of medication management in mental health, and acute care for mental health crises. In the field of psychiatric medication management, I have led work on service users’ views and experiences of taking medication, and of related discussions and decisions with prescribers; developed a conceptualisation of shared decision making (SDM) in mental healthcare contexts; and developed and evaluated interventions to enhance SDM. I currently lead qualitative work within the ‘RADAR’ study (PI: Joanna Moncrieff, UCL) on antipsychotic reduction and discontinuation. In the field of acute care, I have led qualitative work in a number of related UCL projects (eg the ‘CORE’ and ‘Alternatives’ studies, PI: Sonia Johnson), exploring mental health crisis care provided in psychiatric hospital units, crisis houses, crisis resolution and home treatment teams, and acute day units. This has contributed to understanding the critical ingredients of good crisis care, and to service improvement initiatives in this area.


I believe that good research is a collaborative endeavour in which team working and multiple perspectives enrich understanding and enhance the quality of findings and outputs. As a qualitative researcher, much of my work interfaces with PPI (Public and Patient Involvement) activities. In particular, I am strongly committed to the development of service user voice and participation in research. I often work closely with ‘lived experience’ and stakeholder groups, and with researchers at the McPin Foundation. I regularly run research methods training workshops for ‘peer researchers’ (people who identify as mental health service users), and supervise peer researchers up to PhD level and beyond. 

Teaching Summary

I am part of a small core team of academics running the highly popular and successful MSc programmes in Clinical Mental Health Research / Mental Health Sciences Research in the Division of Psychiatry. I teach qualitative research methods, supervise MSc dissertations and co-lead an optional module Masters level module ‘Mental Health in Social and Global Context’. I currently co-supervise 3 PhD students:

Rory Sheehan: Optimising psychotropic medication for people with intellectual disability

Hannah Scott: People bereaved by suicide and support from their family and friends: understanding social network interactions and their impact.

Natasha Lyons: Exploring relapse and recovery following discharge from Early Intervention in Psychosis Services


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