Mental Health Networks Coordinator
Professor Elaine Fox, Supernumerary Fellow in Experimental Psychology and Professor of Cognitive and Affective Psychology, has been appointed UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Mental Health Networks Impact and Engagement Coordinator.
The eight networks cover different areas of mental health research, bringing together researchers from various disciplines, mental health professionals and people with lived experience of mental health issues. Professor Fox’s role is to encourage collaboration between the networks to maximise their impact, facilitated by a grant of £450,00 which is spread over 40 months.
Professor Fox is the Director of Oxford Centre for Emotions and Affective Neuroscience (OCEAN), teaches the “Emotion, Personality and Social Behaviour” module for the MSc in Psychological Research, and supervises several students
She said: “I am absolutely delighted with this appointment and look forward to working with the eight Mental Health Networks to help shine a light onto the importance of mental health research. If we want a world in which mental health problems can be effectively treated and prevented we will need highly collaborative research teams bringing together expertise from many disciplines, including expertise that comes from lived experience with mental health problems.
“I have put together an exciting coordination team from the McPin Foundation, Mental Elf, Sixth Sense Media, and my own research group in Oxford with the aim of working closely with the networks to develop a national campaign that will highlight why mental health research matters.”