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Mr Lee Knifton

Co-Director - Centre For Health Policy

Social Work

Personal statement

Reader and Co-Director, Centre for Health Policy

I co-Direct The Centre for Health Policy, which connects academics across the university to develop world class research and knowledge exchange initiatives.

My research expertise is in the fields of public health and social welfare, and my focus is upon mental health and violence prevention.

I lead projects across Scotland and lead several transatlantic collaborations with Yale University and New York University.

I am Consultant Editor of the Journal of Public Mental Health and co-Editor of the book Public Mental Health: Global Perspectives.

In addition to my academic role, I am Head of The Mental Health Foundation Scotland, a leading national charity for research, policy and social interventions.


Individual, Family, and School Factors Relating to Sexting and Bullying : Final Report
Hunter Simon C., Russell Kirsten, Knifton Lee
From ethical challenges to a matter of rights
Perez Portilla Karla, Knifton Lee
Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics Vol 14, pp. 5-8, (2017)
Lessons from a national mental health arts festival
Aldam Gail, Dickie Rob, Knifton Lee, Davidson Larry
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Skills Vol 20, pp. 298-310, (2017)
What do you mean, I have a right to health? Participatory action research on health and human rights
Abdulkadir Jann, Azzudin Amal, Buick Alan, Curtice Lisa, Dzingisai Mhurai, Easton Duncan, Frew Claire, Glinski Jenn, Holliday Derek, Knifton Lee, McLaughlin Douglas, Quinn Neil, Ramsay David
International Public Policy Institute Policy Brief, (2016)
Discrimination in the workplace, reported by people with major depressive disorder : a cross-sectional study in 35 countries
Brouwers E P M, Mathijssen J, Van Bortel T, Knifton L, Wahlbeck K, Van Audenhove C, Kadri N, Chang Ch, Goud B R, Ballester D, Tófoli L F, Bello R, Jorge-Monteiro M F, Zäske H, Milaćić I, Uçok A, Bonetto C, Lasalvia A, Thornicroft G, Van Weeghel J, null null
BMJ Open Vol 6, (2016)
Cross-national variations in reported discrimination among people treated for major depression worldwide : the ASPEN/INDIGO international study
Lasalvia Antonio, Van Bortel Tine, Bonetto Chiara, Jayaram Geetha, van Weeghel Jaap, Zoppei Silvia, Knifton Lee, Quinn Neil, Wahlbeck Kristian, Cristofalo Doriana, Lanfredi Mariangela, Sartorius Norman, Thornicroft Graham
British Journal of Psychiatry Vol 207, pp. 507-514, (2015)

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Professional activities

Declaration: Health and Human Rights Festival
Journal of Public Mental Health (Journal)
Guest editor
Scottish Government (External organisation)
Journal of Public Mental Health (Journal)
Guest editor
Faculty of Public Health (External organisation)
Journal of Public Mental Health (Journal)

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Citizenship, Recovery and Inclusive Society Partnership (CRISP) (H2020 MSCA RISE)
Quinn, Neil (Principal Investigator) Knifton, Keith Lee (Co-investigator) Miller, Emma (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2016 - 31-Dec-2019
Citizenship Measure Project
Knifton, Keith Lee (Co-investigator) MacIntyre, Gillian (Co-investigator) Quinn, Neil (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 30-Jun-2017
Exploring access to mental health care services for linguistically and culturally diverse patients
Quinn, Neil (Co-investigator) Eckler, Petya (Co-investigator) Knifton, Keith Lee (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 30-Apr-2015
Health and Human Rights: Participatory Action Research
Quinn, Neil (Principal Investigator) Knifton, Keith Lee (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2015 - 31-Dec-2016
The Value of Organising a Break for People with Support Needs
Knifton, Keith Lee (Academic)
Supported travel and holidays are a new way of providing holidays and respite to adults with support needs and their carers. Working with Altogether Travel Ltd, a newly established company with a unique business model of personalised and supported travel and holidays, enabling adults with learning disabilities, physical, sensory or mental health impairments to determine their own holiday destinations, taking care staff with them, this project seeks to identify the scope for this approach to challenge traditional models of institutional based respite care.
Period 04-Aug-2014 - 28-Nov-2014
GE Gillian MacIntyre Yale University
MacIntyre, Gillian (Academic) Quinn, Neil (Academic) Knifton, Keith Lee (Academic)
This request for funding will allow us to further develop our relationship with colleagues from the Programme for Recovery and Community Health. The programme of work outlined here represents the outcome of a series of conversations and development meetings both virtually and in person at the University of Yale and the University of Strathclyde. The programme of work outlined below contains three strands and offers the potential for further income generation. We seek funding for two academic members of staff and two service users to travel to Yale University to meet with colleagues to develop the proposed work outlined here and to begin to identify areas of learning and good practice that we can replicate in Scotland. We also seek funding to host a two day “sandpit” event in Glasgow during the return visit of colleagues from the states. We do not seek travel and subsistence for this event. 1. Mental Health and the Arts In Scotland, an extremely successful mental health and arts festival has been established over the last ten years. This work has attracted international recognition and interest and colleagues from Yale wish to travel to Scotland to learn from our experiences as they establish their own festival in New Haven. We do not seek funding for this activity although it forms an important part of our collaboration. Aim: to share learning in relation to the development of an international mental health arts and film festival Objectives: • to identify key learning points and good practice in the development of a mental health and arts film festival • to consider the extent to which these can be transferred to different contexts • to evaluate the impact that such a festival can have on attitudes towards mental health and recovery 2. Staff and Service User Exchange An important element of the work involves facilitating a staff and service user exchange in order to learn from good practice that has already been established in the United States. This exchange visit will also allow us to progress point three below. Colleagues from the Scottish Recovery Network and Turning Point Scotland will seek match funding to facilitate the inclusion of additional partners. Colleagues from Yale University will seek funding to facilitate a visit to Scotland. Aim: to facilitate shared learning via a staff and service user exchange Objectives: • to identify and understand the advantages and disadvantages of different models of working collaboratively to undertake research, training and evaluation in relation to recovery and social inclusion • to provide a learning opportunity for service user partners in recognition of the contribution they make to work within academia • to consider the potential that different ways of working together have to facilitate recovery and promote social inclusion 3. Development of a collaborative research project Colleagues at Yale University have developed a mental health and citizenship scale in order to identify the range of factors that contribute to social inclusion and one’s ability to contribute to society as an active citizen thus promoting the recovery of those who have experienced mental illness We propose replicating this work within a Scottish context in order to understand which factors are important in promoting social inclusion within a different context. Newhaven and Glasgow share a number of demographic similarities in terms of levels of poverty and deprivation therefore such a comparison is likely to be fruitful. The funding we seek will allow us to make significant progress in developing this research proposal and will enable us to seek research funding to carry out this important work. Aim: to share ideas and expertise in order to develop a research funding bid to carry out comparative research in Newhaven, Connecticut and Glasgow Objectives: • To understand the process involved in developing the mental health citizenship scale in the United States • To identify the factors that contribute to citizenship within this context • To consider the extent to which these factors might apply within the Scottish context • To establish a research funding bid outlining aims, objectives, research methods and roles and responsibilities It is important that the relationship is sustainable and that you have a plan in place to support this, for example by addressing joint funding opportunities (please detail what these are), or developing other forms of collaboration. 1) Short term outcomes • Gained greater awareness and understanding of work being carried out at University of Strathclyde and Yale University • Continued development of emerging relationships between colleagues at both institutions • Development of collaborative working relationships between colleagues across disciplines at the University of Strathclyde and external partners from the Scottish Recovery Network and Turning Point Scotland • Greater involvement of and recognition of the contribution made by people who use services and their families to the work of the University • To work with colleagues in RKES to identify appropriate funding bodies for this international work 2) Longer term outcomes • Development of a shared plan to evaluate the impact of the arts on public attitudes towards mental health and recovery including the identification of potential funders for this work • Development of a research proposal to consider the applicability of a mental health citizenship scale within an American and Scottish context • Application for a research grant to undertake this work • Development and signing of a memorandum of understanding between the School of Social Policy and Social Work and the Programme for Recovery and Mental Health at Yale University
Period 11-Sep-2014 - 11-Sep-2015

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