Miss Holly Dale


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MRC-funded PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology and President's Doctoral Scholar, passionate about Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in research. 

Working Thesis Title: 'Investigating the inter-relationships between serious mental illness, stigma, substance misuse and suicidal thoughts and acts'

Holly is embarking upon a mixed-methods PhD programme, involving both quantitative (e.g. multi-level modelling) and qualitative research methods, clinical skills (e.g. clinical interviewing), and transferable skills training (via the wider Doctoral Academy Training Programme at Manchester). PPI (Patient and Public Involvement in research) will be a core component of her research at Manchester throughout the course of her PhD, from research design to dissemination of findings. Holly is very passionate about championing the patient voice, and enabling those with lived experience to have a meaningful input in the research which serves them as 'experts by experience'.

Social responsibility

Holly first began volunteering at a day centre for adults with learning disabilities at the age of 16 and, since then, has gone on to undertake many more volunteering activities as an A-level, then undergraduate, student. These roles include, but are not limited to: volunteering at a cafe for dementia sufferers and their carers; volunteering as a Youth Worker at a community centre in York; working within multiple Oxfam shops as a sales assistant and creative designer; and, fundraising for national mental health charity, MIND. 

Social responsibility has always been a cause that Holly is extremely passionate about and is a large part of the reason why she chose to pursue her PhD studies at Manchester. Amongst other things, Holly is currently using both her lived experience and professional knowledge to inform her work with the Survivor Researcher Network (SRN), which forms part of the National Service User Netowrk (NSUN) - an independent, serice-user-led, charity which connects people with lived experience of mental health issues with opportunities and charities focusing on mental health.


Sept 2018 - MSc Applied Health Research, University Of York, Distinction 

June 2016 - BSc Psychology (Hons.), University of York, First Class Honours 

External positions

Author (Cochrane Common Mental Disorders Group), Cochrane Collaboration

Working Group Member, Survivor Researcher Network (part of NSUN)

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains

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