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Dr Brigit McWade

Lecturer in Medical Sociology

Brigit McWade

Furness Building

LA1 4YG

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 592908

Profile

Research Overview

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Health policy and practice
  • Creative methods
  • Arts and Health
  • Stigma
  • Social Inequalities
  • Social Justice

Career Overview

I am a Lecturer in Medical Sociology at Lancaster Medical School with research expertise in Disability Studies, Mad Studies, Mental Health, Social and Health Inequalities.

I have also contributed to the following projects:

  • Military Lives and Transformative Experiences: Exploring narratives and aged veterans’ well-being project (Aged Veterans Fund funded by HM Treasury), led by Dr. Liz Brester (Lancaster Medical School) and Dr. Sam Clark (Philosophy).
  • Rethinking the Sociology of Stigma (Phillip Levehulme Prize), led by Prof. Imogen Tyler, Sociology department, Lancaster University.
  • The emergence of mental health personalisation in a 19th Century lunatic asylum led by Rob Goemans, School of Health and Social Care, Lincoln University.

  • Children, Young People and Flooding: Recovery and Resilience (ESRC Urgency Fund), led by Prof. Maggie Mort, Sociology Department, Lancaster University.

  • European Patient Organisations in a Knowledge Society (European Commission), Sociology Department, Lancaster University.

In 2016, I undertook a visiting Research Fellowship at the School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. 

Teaching

MBChB

  • Lectures: Social Model of Disability, Migration & Health, Chronic Illness, Health Inequalities, Intersectionality
  • Problem Based Learning (1st and 2nd Years)
  • Special Study Modules (1st and 2nd Years): one on the biopsychosocial aspects of mental health, and one on chronic fatigue.
  • Health, Culture and Society coursework (3rd/4th Years): the social model of mental health

In addition, I have extensive teaching experience in the areas of Social Theory, Media Theory, Cultural Theory, Gender & Women's Studies, Science & Technology Studies, Biomedicine & Ethics and Qualitative Research. 

I am currently supervising Steven Maxwell (Creative Writing) with Zoe Lambert and Hannah Morgan. His project is titled: Human Subjects: A Novel of Stories & Exploring Neurodiversity in Fiction

As a new lecturer, I am looking forward to supervising more PhD students in the areas of my expertise. Please do get in touch if you are interested in working with me.

Qualifications

PhD Sociology (July 2014); MA Sociological Research Methods (Distinction); BA Sociology (1st class with honours), Supported Learning Award.

My PhD and MA were funded by an ESRC 1+3 scholarship.

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