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The Health Studies Research Group (HSRG)

HSRG is a multi-disciplinary research group exploring the experience of health and illness across the life course through key interrelated research themes.


Mental Health - e.g., workplace challenges, child and adolescent mental health, and computerised psychotherapies.


Wellbeing - e.g., living well with dementia or other long-term conditions and co-morbidities.


Health and Social Care - e.g., user, carer, and provider experiences.


Global Health - e.g., mental health

research in Sub-Saharan Africa.






There is a greater need for health research than ever before as physical and mental health problems rapidly increase and present serious challenges to our health and social care services.” Professor Cathy Lloyd

The Health Studies Research Group




Contact us





Dr Mathijs Lucassen

on 01908 652987

Professor Cathy Lloyd

on 01908 654283


Our projects focus on developing inclusive methodologies with services users and practitioner academics such as nurses, social workers, and others from health professional backgrounds.


Employing multi-disciplinary quantitative and qualitative approaches, we work with

funders, charities, organisations, service users, and carers across the world.


Recent projects include a global study on pathways to care for people with diabetes and depression, and developing e-therapies for young people seeking help for their depression in New Zealand, Canada and elsewhere.




The Open University and the BBC: bringing learning to life – our unique partnership allows us to support award-winning co-productions in our fields of research.

Co-productions include:

All in the Mind (, BBC Radio 4


David Harewood: Psychosis and Me, ( BBC 2.

Winner of a Mind Media Award (2019) for the Speaking Out category. Winner of a Learning on Screen Award (2020) for the Broadcast Award. Nominated for a BAFTA (2020) for the Single Documentary Award.



Hospital (, BBC 2.

Winner of the Royal Television Society Award (2017) for Best Documentary Series, nominated for a Grierson Award (2020).
















Sectioned (, BBC 4.

Winner of a Mind Media Award (2010) for Best Mental Health Documentary.




All our co-productions are accompanied by free educational resources available on OpenLearn (, The Open University’s free learning platform. Click on 'Resources' for examples of these and other HSRG resources.




We are delighted to announce the launch of The Centre for the Study of Global Development on 21 June 2021. Please contact Cathy Lloyd ( for further information