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Karen works as a Principal Lecturer and Senior Researcher in the Centre for Health and Wellbeing, with a particular focus on mental health, equalities and social justice. She has undertaken a broad range of research and consultancy to improve the mental health system in the UK.
Karen originally trained and worked as a clinical psychologist; has experience of commissioning mental health services and co-led the national programme for gender equality and women’s mental health for the Care Services Improvement Partnership.
Karen’s research is largely applied and participatory. Her recent research has focused on advocacy, policy implementation and equalities in health and social care. Karen has also been commissioned by a broad range of organisations to undertake service reviews and provide service and organisational development.
Newbigging, Karen, Roy, Alastair Neil, Habte-Mariam, Zemikael, Mckeown, Mick and French, Beverley (2012) Involving ethnically diverse service users in the research process: alliances and action. In: Social Care, Service Users and User Involvement. Research Highlights in Social Work . Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Philadelphia, USA, pp. 120-141. ISBN 978-1-84905-075-3
Newbigging, Karen and Thomas, Nigel Patrick (2010) Good practice in social care for asylum seekers and refugees: a resource guide. Good Practice in Social Care for Asylum Seekers and Refugees: a Resource Guide
El Ansari, Walid, Newbigging, Karen, Roth, Carolyn and Malik, Farida (2009) The role of advocacy and interpretation services in the delivery of quality healthcare to diverse minority communities in London, United Kingdom. Health & Social Care in the Community, 17 (6). pp. 636-646. ISSN 09660410Newbigging, Karen and Mckeown, Mick (2007) Mental health advocacy with black and minority ethnic communities: conceptual and ethical implications. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 20 (6). pp. 588-593. ISSN 0951-7367 More publications
Review of the Quality of Independent Mental Health Advocate Services commissioned by the Department of Health Policy Research Programme.
Good practice in Social Care for Asylum Seekers and Refugees commissioned by the Social Care Institute for Excellence.
Conceptualisations of mental wellbeing by black and minority ethnic communities in Scotland commissioned by Health Scotland.
Knowledge review of specialist mental health advocacy for African Caribbean men commissioned by Social Care Institute for Excellence.
Review and evaluation of the involvement of service users and carers in the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMHE) commissioned by NIMHE.
Review of Manchester’s Mental Health Services, commissioned by Manchester Joint Commissioning Executive.
Review of mental health services in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, commissioned by 6 Primary Care Organisations.
Implementing Direct Payments in Mental Health commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Assessment of mental health needs in Heywood commissioned by Heywood and Middleton PCT and Heywood New Deal.
Analysis of the responses to the consultation on Social Exclusion and Mental Health commissioned by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
Review of community mental health teams in Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde commissioned by Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Local Implementation Team.
Member of the Editorial Board for Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care: 2008 – present.
Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Karen’s recent research has focused on advocacy, policy implementation and equalities in health and social care. Her approach to research is participatory and the research teams that she leads involve service users alongside academics. Karen has also been commissioned by a broad range of organisations to undertake service reviews and provide service and organisational development.