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Professor of Health Studies, University of Westminster

Damien is Professor of Health Studies, and a psychotherapist working in the community. He has a background in public health, sociology and qualitative research. He previously worked in the Health Experiences Research Group (HERG) at the University of Oxford.

More recently, he has explored using patient narratives as a form of treatment (Ridge, 2012), and has looked at the very social turn in contemporary depression narratives: specifically how depression is shaped and constructed by social experience (Ridge & Ziebland, 2011).

As well as being a specialist in qualitative research and complex evaluations for over 18 years, Damien provides psychotherapy in the community at a reduced rate. Damien has recently published a book on how patients go about recovering from depression (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2009), as well as over 50 peer-reviewed academic journal papers and book chapters. Currently, he has turned his attention to men’s well-being, specifically looking at the ways in which men are changing, and in particular, the constructive aspects of this change.


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    Professor of Health Studies, University of Westminster