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Karen Newbigging

Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham

Dr Karen Newbigging is a Senior Lecturer in Health Policy and Management at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. Karen originally qualified and worked as a clinical psychologist in the NHS, and is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and member of Mental Health Europe.
Karen has over 30 years’ experience in mental health including commissioning, research, consultancy, postgraduate teaching and organisational and system development, and has worked with a wide range of organisations, using participatory methods. A main focus for her work has been the involvement and voice of people with personal experience in system development with equality for all being a central strand. Karen sees this as critical to generating new understandings of social issues and achieving greater social justice.


  • 2013–2018
    Senior Lecturer, HSMC, School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham
  • 2005–2013
    Principal Lecturer, School of Health, UCLan