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Dr Dawn Edge PhD, MRes, BSc Hons

Photograph of Dawn Edge

Senior Lecturer

The School of Psychological Sciences &
Institute of Brain, Behaviour and Mental Health
The University of Manchester
G6 Coupland 1
University Place
Oxford Road
M13 9PL


My post is divided between working as a Lecturer in Qualitative Methods within the School of Psychological Sciences and Principal Investigator on a 3-year NIHR-funded research project to develop, implement, and evaluate Culturally-adapted Family Intervention (CaFI) for African Caribbean people and their families -

Reflecting my strong commitment to integrating research, policy and practice and to public service, I am also a Non-Executive Director at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust . I am actively engaged in working with communities to improve health and wellbeing – especially among those who are marginalised, socially excluded and experience inferior access to health and care. I have previously held a part-time secondment with the Care Standards Improvement Partnership (CSIP). Formerly the National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE), CSIP was established by the Department of Health (DH) to improve the lives of people who experience mental distress and to promote mental health.

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies



  • 2013 - Present: Founder Member Board of Govenors, Longsight Community Pimary Free School
  • 2009 - 2013: Board member Afiya Trust
  • 2008 - Present: Non-Executive Director Pennine Care Foundation NHS Trust
  • 2005 - Present: Member Business in the Arts NW Board Bank
  • 2005 - 2010: Board Member – START: Salford in the arts (mental health) project
  • 2003 - Present Member Manchester Race and Health Forum
  • 2000 - 2005 Non-Executive Director, Bolton, Salford, & Trafford Mental Health NHS Trust
  • 1999 - 2001 Member Education & Training Action Group Tackling Racial Harassment in the NHS


My research is focused on improving outcomes and reducing inequalities by influencing policy, practice and service delivery. I am also interested in researching the intersections between physical and mental health. Accordingly, the scope of my research has broadened beyond my doctoral work (perinatal mental health of Black Caribbean women in primary care) into wider areas of health and social care. My particular focus is on the health and experiences of health services of under-served populations, which might be sub-divided into the following areas:

  • Interventions for schizophrenia and psychoses
  • Perinatal mental health and child health
  • Inequalities in health and mental health
  • Intersectionality: Mental health, deprivation, ethnicity & gender
  • Offender health
  • Resilience and recovery in mental health
  • Spirituality/Faith/Religion and mental health

Current and previous research includes a number of studies funded by the Department of Health/National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) such as:

Methodological Knowledge

Methodological & Related Expertise:

  • Qualitative methods and analysis
  • Mixed/multi- methods research
  • Health Services Research
    • Service evaluation
    • Service delivery
    • Cultural competence


I have a stong background in teaching, curriculum design, and evaluation. Currently, much of my teaching (such as Masters in Reseach) is on-line via Blackboard.  I also deliver face-to-face sessions. I supervise undergrduate dissertations and am Academic Advisor to 7 students.

I teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Research Methods, Evidence Based Practice, and Cultural Competence. For example, I facilitate sessions and contribute to writing final assessment for the MSc Psychiatry programme, The University of Manchester. In addition to having taught within the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work (such as the Advanced Practice Interventions for Mental Health (APIMH)), I have also taught on the Doctorate in Counselling, Faculty of Humanities, The University of Manchester.

I deliver taught sessions to undergraduate and postgraduate students in Psychology and supervise a number of undergraduate dissertations.

I currently supervise a number of postgraduate students:

6 PhD students (School of Psychological Sciences/Institute of Brain Behaviour and Mental Health)

1 Clincal Psychology Doctorate (Clin Psy D) (School of Psychological Sciences)

1 Masters in Clinical & Health Psychology



With a clinical background as a Chartered Physiotherapist, I took the unusual step of undertaking a Masters in Social Science (Salford, 2000) and PhD (Manchester, 2003) in mental health via an NHS North West Doctoral Training Fellowship. My postdoctoral research has been facilitated by winning a Faculty of Medical & Human Science ‘Stepping Stones’ Award (University of Manchester, 2006-2010).

My research emanates from a passion to reduce inequalities in access, care and treatment for mental health problems experienced by underserved communities. I am particularly interested in improving understanding of: 
- the intersections between determinants of health and illness such as ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status and mental health
- the interrelationship between mental and physical health and wellbeing
- Individual- and community-level strategies for building resilience and managing psychological distress
- factors that influence individuals’ abilities to access appropriate support, care and treatment for mental health problems

Current and previous research includes a number of studies funded by the Department of Health/National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) such as:



  • PhD (Medical Sociology), University of Manchester. Awarded 2003
  • Masters in Research (MRes) in Social Sciences, University of Salford. Awarded 2000 (Distinction)
  • Certificate of Education, University of Manchester. Awarded 1994
  • Diploma Teaching Physiotherapy, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Awarded 1994.
  • BSc (Hons) Health Care and Welfare, University of Salford. Awarded 1993 (1st Class)
  • Graduate Diploma & Member Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP). Awarded 1985

Collaborators and affiliated staff

Collaborators include:

  • Jenny Shaw, Professor of Forensic Psychiatry, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Health & Risk Sciences, University of Manchester
  • Kathryn Abel, Professor of Women’s Mental Health & Director Centre for Women's Mental Health, University of Manchester
  • Jane Senior, Research Manager, Health & Risk Sciences, University of Manchester
  • Christine Barrowclough, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester
  • Ricahrd Drake, Senior Lecturer / Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, IBBMH, University of Manchester
  • Nicholas Tarrier, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry (KCL)
  • Dinesh Bhurgra, Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity, Institute of Psychatry (KCL)
  • Sarah Cotterill, Research Fellow & RDS Adviser, Uinversity of Manchester & Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Shôn Lewis, Professor of Adult Psychiatry & Adademic Lead, IBBMH, University of Manchester
  • John Baker, Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work, Uinversity of Manchester
  • Katherine Berry, Senior Research Fellow, School of Psychological Science, University of Manchester
  • Nusrat Husain, Senior Lecturer and Consultant Psychiatrist, IBBMH, University of Manchester
  • Atif Rahman, Professor Child Psychiatry, University of Liverpool
  • Annie Bartlett, Reader Population Health Sciences and Consultant Psychiatrist, St George’s University of London
  • Mike Doyle, Hon Senior Lecturer, IBBMH, University of Manchester
  • Matt Sutton, Professor Health Economics, Institute of Population Health, Univesity of Manchester
  • Kevin Ronan, Professor of Clinical Psychology, CQ University, Australia
  • Alicia Moxon, Clinical Psychologist, Highbury Whanau Centre, New Zealand
  • Mark Harrison, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Popupation Health, University of Manchester

Selected publications


  • Edge, D. (2013).

    'Why are thou cast down, o my soul?' Exploring intersections of ethnicity, gender, depression, spirituality and implications for Black British Caribbean women’s mental health.Critical Public Health, 23(1), 39-48. . Publication link: 0eca632f-3d51-48e8-9e3d-cfb8734c1bbd
  • Hassan, L., Edge, D., Senior, J., & Shaw, J. (2013).

    Staff and patient perspectives on the purpose of psychotropic prescribing in prisons: Care or control?. General Hospital Psychiatry, 35(4), 433-438. DOI:10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2013.01.012. Publication link: 75a84ca7-2da9-4146-a2dc-0d4a2d9b6d18



  • Edge, D. (2011).

    'It's leaflet, leaflet, leaflet then, "see you later"': Black Caribbean women's perceptions of perinatal mental health care. British Journal of General Practice, 61(585), 256-262. DOI:10.3399/bjgp11X567063. Publication link: e84cf8b6-1d67-45d0-a620-e62a45cc080c
  • Edge, D. (2011).

    Managed Care Networks: vehicles for improving perinatal mental health for BME women. Journal of Public Mental Health. . Publication link: 426d70cb-0a68-4f51-b85e-43d3b7c8bcb9
  • Edge, D., & West, W. (2011).

    Mental health and ‘The Big Society’: Where do counselling psychologists and therapists fit in?. Counselling Psychology Review, 26(2), 17-23. . Publication link: 4af68238-919e-41e1-a9a0-6ac6b64612d9
  • Hassan, L., Senior, J., Edge, D., & Shaw, J. (2011).

    Continuity of psychiatric medicines supply for newly received prisoners. The Psychiatrist, 35, 244 248. . Publication link: 35f4eb41-9c6a-4572-ae77-dab79045813d
  • Kovandžić, M., Chew-Graham, C., Reeve, J., Edwards, S., Peters, S., Edge, D., ... Dowrick, C. (2011).

    Access to primary mental health care for hard-to-reach groups: From 'silent suffering' to 'making it work'. Social Science and Medicine, 72(5), 763-772. DOI:10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.11.027. Publication link: bd305d11-a201-440b-a457-d251b17c2fdd | PubMed:21272968
  • Edge, D. (2011).

    National Perinatal Mental Health Project Report Perinatal Mental Health of Black and Minority Ethnic Women: A Review of Current Provision in England, Scotland, and Wales. London: National Mental Health Development Unit, Department of Health.. Publication link: b14b16b8-a8da-4028-a0a7-0626df82e553



  • Edge, D. (2009).

    Health professionals’ views of perinatal mental healthcare for Black and minority ethnic (BME) women. In host publication. (Vol. 27). London: Journal of Reproductive & Infant Psychology. . Publication link: 1530092b-6256-44a1-aa5a-c4d6278fde64




  • Edge, D. (2006).

    Perinatal depression: Its absence among Black Caribbean women. British Journal of Midwifery, 14(11), 646-652. . Publication link: e7408de2-bbe5-4694-bdc2-efe99974ef81
  • Edge, D. (2006).

    Perinatal Healthcare in Prison: A Scoping Review of Policy and Provision. (Department of Health). No publisher name.. Publication link: 5d578715-ebf0-4162-8028-6c4bcaaba71e


  • Edge, D., & Rogers, A. (2005).

    Dealing with it: Black Caribbean women's response to adversity and psychological distress associated with pregnancy, childbirth, and early motherhood. Social Science and Medicine, 61(1), 15-25. DOI:10.1016/j.socscimed.2004.11.047. Publication link: e110ebbe-1429-49a9-bcc2-0fe6c9631906
  • Edge, D. (2005).

    What do Black Caribbean women think about screening with the EPDS?. In In: Screening for Perinatal Depression. Jessica Kingsley, London.. Publication link: be8cdb0b-e2fd-41a6-971c-00e4efaf5167
  • Edge, D. (2005).

    Women's Enhanced Medium Secure Services (WEMSS): A Scoping Exercise to Develop a Research and Evaluation Strategy. (Department of Health). No publisher name.. Publication link: 4a01367b-8097-4466-a8a1-58b3c311f008


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