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Michelle O'Reilly

Associate Professor of Communication in Mental Health, University of Leicester

Michelle O’Reilly is an Associate Professor of Mental Health Communication at the University of Leicester and a Research Consultant for Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. She joined both organisations in 2003. Michelle is also a Chartered Psychologist in Health. Michelle has a specific interest in child and adolescent mental health. Recently she has been investigating the relationship between mental health and social media as part of that work. Michelle has made several media contributions about the research with adolescents, educationalists and parents, as funded by the Wellcome Trust. Additional to her research interests in mental health and social media, Michelle also undertakes research in self-harm and suicidal behaviour, neurodevelopmental conditions, and child mental health services, such as mental health assessments and family therapy. Michelle recently won the Anselm Strauss Award for Qualitative Family Research for her co-authored contribution on discursive psychology in this area. Michelle has expertise in qualitative methodologies and specialises in discursive psychology and conversation analysis.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Communication in Mental Health , University of Leicester


  • 2005 
    Loughborough University , PhD psychology