London Met health and social care lecturer wins prestigious grant for research

Rochelle Burgess is a critical community and health psychologist and a recipient of the Richard Benjamin Trust Early Career Researcher grant this year.

Dr. Rochelle Burgess, a lecturer on the School of Social Sciences, Health and Social Care undergraduate degree, was recently awarded a Richard Benjamin Trust Early Career Researcher grant for 2015-16. The Richard Benjamin Trust supports innovative research in social and occupational/organisational psychology that has the potential to make a difference to families, organisations and communities and to people’s lives. The award, which recognises and supports early career research in areas of applied social psychology, will support Rochelle's continued work on primary mental health care in resource poor settings. 

The funded study, titled "From coping to transformation: Can brief intervention treatment models create a platform for local social action against social determinants of mental health?" will involve an innovative approach to health systems evaluation through the use of ethnographic and participatory methods. The study will culminate with a knowledge exchange meeting held at London Metropolitan University with colleagues from South Africa, as well as London health and social care sectors with interests in the role of community development and its links to primary care, prevention and mental health services.