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Dr Jill Anderson

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Jill Anderson

Bowland North



Tel: +44 1524 840361


Career details

I coordinate the Mental Health in Higher Education project.  I have a first degree in English and a background in mental health social work.  I have taught on pre- and post-qualifying social work programmes at the University of Nottingham, Lancaster University and the University of Cumbria.  

I am currently a doctoral student in the department of Educational Research at Lancaster University.  I work with Researching Equity, Access and Participation and am an associate member of the Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education.  

I co-ordinate the Developers of User and Carer Involvement in Education network and and co-facilitate  Critical and Creative Approaches to Mental Health Practice, which meets monthly in Lancaster.  I am a member of the editorial collective of Asylum: the magazine for democratic psychiatry.

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Research Interests

I am interested in how learning about mental health (and not just mental ill-health) can be fostered; social justice; public engagement in education; academic development; and third sector social work. 


Peer reviewed publications

May-Chahal, C., Wilson, A., Humphreys, L. & Anderson, J. (2012), Promoting an Evidence-Informed Approach to Addressing Problem Gambling in UK Prison Populations, The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 51(4), 372-386

Anderson, J. & Burgess, H. (2009) Essential Shared Capabilities for the Whole of the Mental Health Workforce: Bringing educators into the frame, Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 4(3), 21-29

Dogra, N., Cavendish, S., Anderson, J. & Edwards, R. (2009) Service user perspectives on the content of the undergraduate curriculum in psychiatry, The Psychiatrist, 33, 260-264

Dogra, N., Anderson, J., Edwards, R. & Cavendish, S. (2008) Service user perspectives on their roles in undergraduate medical training about mental health, Medical Teacher 30(6), 152-156

Harper, D., Cromby, J., Reavey, P., Cooke, A. & Anderson, J. (2007) Don't jump ship! New approaches in teaching mental health to undergraduates, The Psychologist, 20 (5), 302-304

Basset, T., Campbell, P. & Anderson, J. (2006) Service user/survivor involvement in mental health education and training: overcoming the barriers, Social Work Education, 25(4), 393-402

Tew, J. & Anderson, J. (2004) The mental health component of the new degree in social work - starting a debate, Social Work Education, 23 (2), 231-240

Anderson, J. & Brady, P. (2002) Increasing the depth of field: the Voluntary Sector Pathway, Social Work Education 21(2), 233-345.

Book chapters

Anderson, J. & Holmshaw, J. (2012). Lifelong learning, mental health and higher education: a UK focus. In: P. Ryan, S. Ramon & T. Greacen (eds) Empowerment, Lifelong Learning and Recovery in Mental Health. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN No: 978-0-2302928-5-7 

Anderson, J. & Burgess, H. (2007) Educators Learning Together: linking communities of practice, ch 10 in Stickley, T. & Basset, T. (eds) Teaching and Learning about Mental Health, Chichester: Wiley

Anderson J. (2003) Keeping in Touch, Mental Health Today, September, 24-26

Non-refereed papers

Tang, L. & Anderson, J. (2008) Building a Community of Practice: the Mental Health in Higher Education Website, Health Information on the Internet, 65(1): 3-5

Anderson J. (2003) Keeping in Touch, Mental Health Today, September, 24-26


Anderson, J., Sapey, B. & Spandler, H (2012) Distress or Disability: procedings of a symposium held at Lancaster University, 15-16 November. Lancaster: Lancaster University Centre for Disability Research. ISBN: 978-1-86220-293-1

Anderson, J. & Sapey, B. (2011) Curriculum guide: mental health and distress, London: College of Social Work. 

Anderson, J. & Penson, B. (2011) Burning Issues in Learning and Teaching about Mental Health: Occasional Paper 13. London: Higher Education Academy Health Sciences and Practice Subject Centre. ISBN No: 978-0-9556343-7-6

Anderson, J. & Burgess, H. (2011) Developing emotional intelligence, resilience and skills for maintaining personal wellbeing in students of health and social care, Resource Guide, Southampton: SWAP and mhhe

Burgess, H., Anderson, J. & Westerby, N. (2009) Promoting Mental Wellbeing in the Curriculum, e-bulletins on Inclusive Practice, York: Higher Education Academy.

Essen, C., Anderson, J., Clark, M., Cook, J., Edwards, L., Fox, L., Light, I., MacMahon, A., Malihi-Shoja, L., Patel, R., Samociuk, S., Simpson, A., Tang, L., Westerby, N. (2009) Involving Service Users and Carers in Education: The Development Worker Role: Guidelines for Higher Education Institutions. Lancaster, Mental Health in Higher Education.

Simmill-Binning, C., Pearson, J., Norris, A., Wilson, A. & Anderson, J. (2007) Daring to Damage: an investigation of young people’s motivations to commit acts of criminal damage in the North West of England, Lancaster: Applied Social Sciences Unit for Evaluation.

Anderson, J, Browning, T., Cook, M. and Kelly, D. (2001) Partnership working in North and West Primary Care Group, Nottingham: Nottingham Community Health NHS Trust

Anderson, J., Bunker, J., Collingwood, S. & Prest, S. (1996) Opportunities for Women within RCCS: A research study, Nottingham: Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust                 

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