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Damien is Professor of Health Studies and Research Director (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences), visiting professor at the University of New South Wales (Sydney). Initially studying medicine, he transferred to the social sciences, and is a qualitative research expert and psychotherapist. He previously worked in the Health Experiences Research Group (HERG) at the University of Oxford. There, he developed research that fleshed out for the first time what recovery from depression actually entailed for patients, thus moving the field beyond the current rhetoric advocating a general 'recovery approach,' by providing signposts as to what that practice might be about. The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) subsequently adopted Ridge & Ziebland's (2006) research on recovery extensively in their guidance on the treatment and management of depression in adults in the UK (2010). 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). Damien is committed to putting patient evidence at the heart of health considerations. With a h-index of 26 and an i10-index of 43, Damien has published one book and over 80 peer-reviewed academic journal papers/book chapters. His key areas of study are depression, mental health, gender and mental health, chronic health conditions (e.g. chronic fatigue), HIV and sexuality. His work currently is/has been funded by the MRC/ESRC, NIHR, Department of Health, NHS, NIHR, Wellcome Trust, Make My Day Better (MMDB), Quintin Hogg Trust (QHT) and various other charities.

Experience

  • –present
    Professor of Health Studies, University of Westminster