Hello! I’m Michelle Jamieson, a working-class, Glaswegian, community psychologist, and current PhD Candidate in Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow, exploring the relationships between Severe Mental Illness and employment status. You can learn more about my PhD work on my Research page.

I received my B.A (Hons) in Psychology: First-Class from the University of the West of Scotland in 2014. There I focused on the lived experience of burn-out and supporting systems in mental health befrienders’. For my work there, I was awarded he UWS Court Medal for Academic Excellence in 2014.

Soon after, I was awarded the Carnegie-Cameron scholarship to undertake the MSc in Global Mental Health at the University of Glasgow. While there my research centered around cultural influence and caregiver recidivism after child maltreatment interventions. I graduated in 2015.

After a short break, I was again awarded a scholarship from the Educational & Marshall Trust and was able to complete my MRes in Research Methods at the University of Glasgow. Here I looked into the experiences of self-care during benefit sanctions in those living with Severe Mental Illness, and graduated in 2017. This then led to successful scholarship funding via the ESRC Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) pathway to undertake my PhD.

I have personal experience of living with mental health difficulties, as well as caring for others, and it has been this that has driven and informed my work. I am active in my local community, and in my spare time I like to think of myself as an amateur artist, true crime sleuth, and semi-outdoor person. If I can make even a tiny improvement in the community, then that’s a start.

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