Teaching Responsibilities

Professor of Psychology

Overview

After completing a psychology degree at the University of Reading in 1979 I trained in clinical psychology between 1981 and 1984 and was awarded a PhD in 2005.

I worked in the health service for 32 years, including a post as a consultant clinical psychologist, and worked as a clinical academic at the Institute of Psychiatry, before moving into higher education.

I currently help lead the research profile of psychology in the Wellbeing and Social Sciences faculty and my main areas of academic interest are clinical psychology, recovery and wellbeing.

My main research interests lie in recovery from mental health problems, positive psychology and wellbeing, occupational stress, quality of life and writing for publication.

Recent Publications

Edited Books

McManus, G. & Carson, J.  (Eds)  (2012) From Communism to Schizophrenia and Beyond: One Man’s Long March to Recovery. London: Whiting and Birch.

Davies, S.  Wakely, E.  Morgan, S.  &  Carson, J.  (Eds)  (2011)  Mental Health Recovery Heroes Past and Present.  Brighton: Pavilion.

Cordle, H.  Fradgley, J.  Carson, J.  Holloway, F.  &  Richards, P.  (Eds) (2011)  Psychosis Stories of Recovery and Hope.  London: Quay Books.

Radcliffe, J.  Hajek, K.  &  Carson, J.  (Eds) (2011)  Psychological Groupwork with Acute Psychiatric Inpatients.  London: Whiting and Birch.

Referenced Articles in Academic Journals

Treanor, A.  Harris, K.  Abrar, A.  Morris, E.  &  Carson, J.  (2010/2011)

Using digital technology to enhance mental wellbeing: the example of the Buddy system.  Social Work and Social Sciences Review, 14, 3, 95-107.

Jacobsen, P.  Hopkinson, P.  &  McIvor, R.  &  Carson, J.  (2010/2011)  After you’d gone: how mental health service users are affected when their consultant leaves.  Social Work and Social Sciences Review, 14, 3, 50-63.

Carson, J.  Muir, M.  Clark, S.  Wakely, E.  &  Chander, A.  (2010)  Piloting a gratitude intervention in a community mental health team.  Groupwork, 3, 73-87.

Morgan, S.  &  Carson, J.  (2009)  The Recovery Group: a service user and professional perspective.  Groupwork, 19, 1, 26-39.

Carson, J.  &  Dennison, P.  (2008)  The role of groupwork in tackling organisational burnout: two contrasting perspectives.  Groupwork, 18, 2, 8-25.

Other Referenced Articles

Carson, J.  (2012) The write stuff.  Frontline, 18, 5, 29-30.

Carson, J.  McNary, M.  Wolfson, P.  &  Holloway, F.  (2012)  The making of a film about recovery.  Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 16, 2, 72-78.

Treanor, A.  Harris, K.  Abrar, A.  &  Carson, J.  (2011)  Buddy.  British Journal of Wellbeing, 2, 7, 13-16.

Wakely, E.  &  Carson, J.  (2011)  Historical recovery heroes – Isaac Newton.  Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 15, 3, 122-128.

Wakely, E.  &  Carson, J.  (2011)  Historical recovery heroes – Charles Darwin.  Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 15, 2, 66-70.

Wakely, E.  &  Carson, J.  (2011)  Historical recovery heroes – Florence Nightingale.  Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 15, 1, 24-28.

Wakely, E.  &  Carson, J.  (2010)  Historical recovery heroes – Winston Churchill.  Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 14, 4, 36-39.

Carson, J.  (2010)  Count your blessings: expressing gratitude can influence wellbeing.  British Journal of Wellbeing, 1, 5, 24-27.

Carson, J. &  Gordon, L.  (2010) Recovery and wellbeing: new paradigms for mental health services.  British Journal of Wellbeing, 1, 1, 1-4.

Carson, J.  Chander, A.  Muir, M.  Wakely, E.  &  Clark, S.  (2010) Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone: piloting a gratitude intervention in a community mental health team.  Clinical Psychology Forum, 212, August, 27-31.

Muir, M.  Cordle, H.  &  Carson, J.  (2010)  Recovery heroes – a profile of Margaret Muir.  Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 14, 2, 7-11.

Ward, M.  Chander, A.  Robinson, S.  Farquharson, Y.  &  Carson, J.  (2010)  It’s a one man show.  Mental Health Today, March, 32-33.

Carson, J.  McManus, G.  &  Chander, A.  (2010)  Recovery: a selective review of the literature and resources.  Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 14, 1, 35-44.

Ward, M.  Cordle, H.  Fradgely, J.  &  Carson, J.  (2010)  Recovery heroes – a profile of Matt Ward.  Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 14, 1, 6-10.

McManus, G.  Morgan, S.  Fradgley, J.  &  Carson, J.  (2009)  Recovery heroes – a profile of Gordon McManus.  A Life in the Day, 13, 4, 16-19.

Chadwick, P.  Morgan, S.  Fradgley, J.  &  Carson, J.  (2009) Recovery heroes – a profile of Peter Chadwick.  A Life in the Day, 13, 3, 6-9.

Sen, D.  Morgan, S.  &  Carson, J.  (2009)  Recovery heroes -  a profile of Dolly Sen.  A Life in the Day, 13, 2, 6-8.

Carson, J.  (2008)  A week in the life of…One in Four, Summer, p.21.

Recent Conference Papers

Carson, J. (2012) It’s caring Jim but not as we know it: the caring relationship in recovery. Paper given at Spirituality, Recovery and Wellbeing Conference, Heythrop College, London, March 21st.

Carson, J. & Ward, M. (2012) Recovery in Bipolar 1 disorder: perspectives from the expert professional and the expert by experience. Paper given at Changing Faces Conference, Grand Connaught Rooms, London January 31st.

Carson, J. Muir, M. Wakely, E. & Chander, A. (2010) The Recovery Group. Paper presented at European Groupwork Conference, York St.John’s, September 8th.