Paula Reavey

Professor of Psychology & Mental Health and Director of Research & Education



Paula Reavey is Professor of Psychology & Mental Health at London South Bank University and research and education director of the Design in Mental Health Network, UK. She has co-edited a number of books, including New Feminist Stories of Child Sexual Abuse: Sexual Scripts and Dangerous Dialogues (with Sam Warner, Routledge, 2003) Memory Matters: Contexts for Understanding Sexual Abuse Recollections (with Janice Haaken, Psychology Press, 2009), and Mental Health & Space (with Laura McGrath, for Routledge, 2018). She has also sole edited the volume, Visual Methods in Psychology: Using and Interpreting Images in Qualitative Research (Routledge, 2011 – now in preparation for its second edition) and the commercial book series Design With People in Mind  – a series focusing on mental health and space for architects and designers.


Paula has also published two monographs Psychology, Mental Health and Distress (with John Cromby & Dave Harper, Palgrave, 2013 – winner of the British Psychological Society Book Award, 2014 – now in preparation for its second edition) and Vital Memory and Affect: Living with a Difficult Past (with Steven D. Brown, Routledge, 2015) and around a hundred articles on mental distress, social remembering and visual methods. She has designed and delivered courses relating to the psychology of mental health and distress, including a Masters in Mental Health and Clinical Psychology, which has a firm focus on the lived experience of individuals coping with, and managing distress. She has received funding from the ESRC, Higher Education Academy, St. Andrew’s Healthcare, Design in Mental Health UK, NIHR, and the Wellcome Trust.

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