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Catherine Robinson

Co-Director, CFMHAS

Professor of Social Policy Research, School of Social Sciences

BA, PhD
Bangor University

c.a.robinson@bangor.ac.uk

01248 382 222

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Overview

I graduated with a psychology degree from Bangor University in 1987. I spent a few years working in the NHS and returned to Bangor School of Social Sciences as a research associate in 1990.  I have followed a somewhat unconventional academic career ever since.

I have taken a leading role in social policy research and infrastructure developments to support research in Wales.   My early research career was in the Centre for Social Policy Research and Development (CSPRD).  I was a founding member of the Institute of Medical and Social Care Research (IMSCaR).  Between 1999 and 2004 I was responsible for the North Wales Research and Development Support Service (NWRDSS) and lead for a small social care research team.  In 2008, my research team joined the College of Business, Social Sciences and Law as part of a strategy to strengthen social care research in Bangor.  The Centre for Mental Health and Society formed in 2012. 

Building research capacity has been a consistent feature in my profile. To be successful, this requires a combination of personal and academic qualities, including the abilities to work effectively with senior colleagues (local and national) and to inspire and encourage peers and early career researchers.

I have active involvement in the supervision of postgraduate students.  As Co principal investigator in the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) I am Academic Lead for their Service User and Carer Research Partnership.  In North Wales I chair the research development forum Methods and Research in Service Settings (MARSS) in North Wales. 

Since the formation of the Centre for Mental Health and Society my international research collaborations have broadened and I am part of an important research partnership between UK researchers and researchers and practitioners in South India.  

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Appointments

Professor of Social Policy Research, School of Social Sciences, Bangor University

Co-Director, Centre for Mental Health and Society (BCUHB funded) 

 

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Previously

2012-2015 Head of School, School of Social Sciences, Bangor University

2012-2015 Lead Academic Social Care Collaboration

2009-2011 Director, Centre for Applied Research and Evaluation Sciences, School of Social Sciences, Bangor University

2004-2009 Director, All Wales Alliance for Research and Development in health and social care, IMSCaR, Bangor University

1999-2004 Director, North Wales Research and Development Support Service, IMSCaR, University of Wales, Bangor

1997-2003 Research Fellow/Deputy Director, Centre for Social Policy Research and Development, School of Social Sciences, University of Wales, Bangor

1990-1996 Research Associate/Officer, Centre for Social Policy Research and Development, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Wales, Bangor 

1988-1989 Scientific Officer, Countess of Chester Hospital 

1987-1988 Research Assistant, Department of Psychology, University of Wales Bangor

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Publications

Books and Chapters

Poole, R., Robinson, C.A. (2017) "Training General Hospital Doctors in Mental Health Assessment using GMHAT/PC as part of a suicide prevention strategy".  Chapter in The Global Mental Health Assessment Tool, Ed. Shah V, Indian Psychiatry Society

Poole, R., Higgo, R. and Robinson, C.A. (2014) Mental Health and Poverty. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Others

Poole, R., Robinson C.A. (2016) Profile:  Vanessa Cameron: Thirty-six years at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, BJPsych Bulletin, 40  (6), 341-345

Peer reviewed papers

Ryan, T., Carden, J., Higgo, R., Poole, R. & .Robinson, C.A (2016) An assessment of need for mental health rehabilitation amongst in-patients in a Welsh region. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 1-7.

Krishna M.,  Rajendra R., Majgi S.M., Heggere N., Parimoo S., Robinson C.A., Poole, R (2014),  Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 12: 134-139.

Rajendra R, Krishna M, Robinson CA, Heggere N, Poole R (2015) A feasibility study to establish a Deliberate Self-harm Register in a state hospital in southern India. British Journal of Medical Practitioners. 8(1): a807

Anne Krayer, Diane Seddon, Catherine A. Robinson & Hefin Gwilym (2015) The Influence of Child Sexual Abuse on the Self from Adult Narrative Perspectives. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 24 (2), 135-151.

Seddon, D. and Robinson, C.A. (2014) Carer assessment: continuing tensions and dilemmas for social care practice. Journal of Health and Social care in the Community, Special Edition.

Seddon, D., Krayer, A., Robinson, C., Woods, B. & Tommis, Y (2013). Care coordination: translating policy into practice for older people. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 14 (2), earlycite.

Parveen, S., Morrison, V. & Robinson, C.A. (2013).  "Ethnicity, familism and willingness to care: Important influences on caregiver mood?."  Aging and Mental Health 17.1 (2013): 115-124.

Parveen, S., Morrison, V. & Robinson, C.A. (2013).  "Does coping mediate the relationship between familism and caregiver outcomes?".  Aging and Mental Health (2013): 1-5.

Bailey J, Poole R, Ruben S, Robinson CA (2012) Is alcohol consumption irrelevant to outcome in anxiety and depression? British Journal of Psychiatry 201: 326

Research Reports

Robinson, C.A., Cahill, D. Nikolopoulos, K et al., (2014) Evaluating barriers to entering the Assembly: What prevents us from standing?  Final Report to the Independent Remuneration Board, Welsh Assembly.

Krayer, A., Robinson, CA, Poole, R & Wolfendale, C (2013) Service provision for people with mental health and substance misuse problems – the relationship between stigma and social exclusion. Final Report to the National Institue for Social Care and Health Research.

Bailey, J., Roole, R., Zinovieff, F., Robinson, C.A., Parry, O., Tocque, K. & Kennedy, L. (2011) Achieving positive change in the drinking culture in Wales.  Alcolhol Concern Cymru.

Selection of previous publications
Book

Iphofen, R., Krayer, A. & Robinson, C.A., (2009) Reviewing and reading research.  From ideas to findings. Bangor: Bangor University.  ISBN: 978-1084220-120-6

Peer reviewed papers

Gray, G., Robinson, C.A., Seddon, D. & Roberts, A. (2008) Invisible children: young carers of parents with mental health problems. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 13(4), 169-172.

Gray, G., Robinson, C.A., Seddon, D. & Roberts, A. (2008) Confidentiality Smokescreens and Carers for People with Mental Health Problems: The Perspectives of Professionals, Journal of Health and Social Care in the Community, 16 (4), 378-387.

Gray B., Robinson, C.A., & Seddon, D. (2009) An emotive subject: insights from social, voluntary and health care professionals into the feelings of family carers for people with mental health problems. Journal of Health and Social Care in the Community, 17, 125-132.

Gray, G., Robinson, C.A., Seddon, D. & Roberts, A. (2010) Patterns of exclusion of carers for people with mental health problems- the perspectives of professionals. Journal of Social Work Practice, 24, 475-492.

Parveen, S., Morrison, V., & Robinson, C. A. (2011). Ethnic variations in the caregiver role: A qualitative study. Journal of Health Psychology, 16(6), 862-872.

Poole R, Robinson C & Poole L (2011). The problem with drink. Community Safety, 10, 47-51.

Seddon D, Robinson C.A., Tommis Y., Reeves C, Woods RT & Russell IT (2007) In their own right: assessment of carer needs. British Journal of Social Work, 37,1335–1352.

Seddon, D. Robinson, C.A.; Tommis, Y. Woods, R.T.; Perry, J & Russell, I.T (2009) A Study of the Carers Strategy (2000). Supporting carers in Wales.  British Journal of Social Work, 40, 1470-1487.

Seddon D, Robinson, C.A. & Perry J (2010) Unified Assessment – Policy, Implementation and Practice, British Journal of Social Work, 40, 207-225.

Tommis, Y., Seddon, D., Woods, B., Robinson, C., Reeves, C. & Russell, I. (2007) Rural-urban differences in the effects on mental well-being of caring for people with stroke or dementia, Journal of Ageing and Mental Health, 11, 743-750.

Tommis Y, Robinson CA, Seddon D, Woods RT, Perry JK & Russell IT (2009) Carers with chronic conditions: changes over time in their physical health. Chronic Illness, 5, 155-164.

Seddon D, Robinson C.A., Tommis Y., Reeves C, Woods RT, Russell IT (2007) ‘In their own right: assessment of carer needs’. British Journal of Social Work 37,1335–1352.

Tommis Y, Robinson CA, Seddon D, Woods RT, Perry JK, Russell IT (2007) ‘Carers with chronic conditions: Changes over time in their physical health’, Chronic Illness, 155-164.

Tommis, Y., Seddon, D., Woods, B., Robinson, C., Reeves, C., Russell, I. (2007) Rural-urban differences in the effects on mental well-being of caring for people with stroke or dementia, Journal of Ageing and Mental Health, 11 (6): 743-750. [1.316. 4]

Seddon, D., Robinson, C.A., Reeves, C., Tommis, Y., Woods, B. and Russell, I. (2006) In their own right: Translating the policy of carer assessment into practice, British Journal of Social Work. 37(8):1335-1352.

Reeves, C., Whitaker, R., Parsonage, R. K., Robinson, C.A., Swale, K. and Bayley, L. (2006) Sexual Health Services and Education: Young People’s Experiences and Preferences. Health Education Journal. 65, 4, 368-379.

Robinson, C.A., Seddon, D., Webb, V., Hill, J. and Soulsby, J. (2003) 'Older people with a sensory impairment: The assessment and management of care', Quality in Ageing, 4 (1) :22-31.

Seddon, D. and Robinson, C.A (2004) Supporting carers in paid employment: needs assessment and service provision, Working with Older People, 8 (2):13-18. 

Seddon, D., Robinson, C.A., Bowen, S. and Boyle, M. (2004) Supporting carers in paid employment: Developing a needs-led approach, Quality in Ageing, 5 (1):14-23.

Robinson, C.A., Seddon, D. and Hill, J. (2002) ‘Community Reablement: Perspectives of Older People and their Carers’, Signpost, 7, (1): 17-19.

Seddon, D. and Robinson, C.A. (2001): Carers of elderly people with dementia: assessment and the Carers Act. Journal of Health and Social Care in the Community, 9(3):151-158.

McGrath, M., Caldock, K., Grant, G., Parry-Jones, B., Ramcharan, P. and Robinson, C.A. (1997) Care Management in Wales - Perceptions of Front-line Workers. Community Care Management and Planning Review, 5(1), 5-13.

Parry-Jones, B., Grant, G., McGrath, M., Caldock, C., Ramcharan, P. and Robinson, C.A. (1998): Stress and job satisfaction among social workers, community nurses and community psychiatric nurses: implications for the care management model, Health and Social Care in the Community, 6, 271-285.

Ramcharan, P., Grant, G., Parry-Jones, B. and Robinson, C.A. (1999) The roles and tasks of care management practitioners in Wales - revisited. Managing Community Care., 7(3), 29-37.

Ramcharan, P., Grant, G., Parry-Jones, B. and Robinson C.A. (1999): The perceptions of frontline workers. Community Care Management and Planning, 5, 5-13.

MacCulloch, M. J., Bailey, J. and Robinson, C.A. (1995): Mentally disordered attackers and killers: Towards a taxonomy. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, 6, 41-61.

Reports to Government and other bodies

Seddon, D., Krayer, A., Robinson, C., Woods, B. and Tommis, Y. (2010) Unified Assessment in Wales: older people with complex needs and their families. Final Report to NISCHR, Welsh Government.

Zinovieff, F and Robinson C.A. (2010) Delayed Transfers of Care.  Final Report.  Report to the Welsh Government.

Seddon, D., Perry, J. and Robinson, C. (2007) Unified Assessment: Policy, Implementation and Practice.  Final Report to WORD, Welsh Government.

Robinson, C.A., Poole, R., Slegg, G, Ruben, S and Bailey, J (2009) Alcohol Involved Deaths: Pilot Study Report.  Report to the Welsh Assembly Government.

Tommis, Y, Zinovieff, F, Robinson, C.A. and Morgan, R. (2009) Carers Interventions Assessed: Final Report. Report to Welsh Assembly Government.

Tommis, Y., Jones, K and Robinson, C.A. (2009) Determining the health and wellbeing of children and young people living with a parent or guardian with a chronic condition.  Report to Welsh Assembly Government, Office of the Chief Social Research Officer

Tommis, Y., Zinovieff, F., Robinson, C.A., Baker, S., Collis, B. and Naylor, D. (2008) Voluntary Sector Support for People Living with Chronic Conditions across the Pathways of Care. Report to Welsh Assembly Government.

Seddon, D., Robinson, C.A., Tommis, Y., Perry, J., Woods, R.T., Russell, I.T. Reeves, C. and Harper, G. (2008) A study of the effects of the Carers Strategy in Wales on the needs of carers and the services that they receive.  Report to Welsh Assembly Government.

Collis, B.E., Robinson, C.A. and Baker, S. (2008) 'Designed to Add Value: A Review of the Evidence for the Effectiveness and Added Value of the Voluntary Sector in Providing Health and Social Care Services in Wales'. Internal Policy Report for Welsh Assembly Government.

Seddon, D., Robinson, C.A., Tommis, Y., Woods, B. and Russell, I. Reeves, C., and Perry, J (2007) The modernisation of social care services: a study of the effectiveness of the National Strategy for Carers in meeting carer needs. Report to Department of Health.

Wells, B., Addis, S., Robinson, C.A., Snooks, H., Philipp, R., Thorne, P and Walpole, G (2007) A study to determine the level of occupational health activity in Wales, Report to Welsh Assembly Government .

Porter, A.,Peconi, J., Evans, A. ,Seddon, D. ,Robinson, C.A. , Perry, J. , Windle, G. and Harper, G. (2007) Strategy for Older People in Wales: Interim Review.  Report to Welsh Assembly Government.

Paisley, C., Krayer, A. and Robinson, C.A. (2007) Food and Fitness Grant Scheme: Evaluation Report. Report to Welsh Assembly Government, Health Promotion Division.

Robinson, C.A. and Perry, J (2009) Wrexham Local Health Board’s  Inequalities in Health Project (Caia Park) Independent Review.  Report to Wrexham Local Health Board.

Linck, P., Robinson, C.A, Edwards, R., Napier, B. and Russell, I. (2003) An evaluation of telemedicine activity.  Report to North West Wales NHS Trust. 

Robinson, C.A., Reeves, C. and Seddon, D. (2003) The emotional and mental health needs of children and young people with hearing loss.  Report to the Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID).

Seddon, D., Robinson, C.A, Jones, K., Bowen, S. and Boyle, M. (2003) Carers and Employment: Towards an integrated system of support.  Final Report to the Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social care.

Williams, L, Parry-Jones, B, Robinson, C A, Wenger, G C and Apsitis, Y (2003) Recruitment and retention of home care workers in Wales.  Final Report to the Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care.

Hill, J., Robinson, C.A. Soulsby, J., Roberts, S. and Seddon, D. (2002) Evaluation of a joint health and social services reablement scheme: user and carer perspectives. Final Report to the Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care.

Linck, P., Elliston, P., Robinson, C.A., Miles, L., Parry-Jones, B. and Williams, M. (2002) Researching and developing the collaborative working capabilities of Local Health Groups in Wales.  Final Report to the Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care. 

Robinson, C.A., Seddon, D., Hill, J., Parsonage, R., Soulsby, J., Wenger, G.C. Webb, V. and White, N. (2001) Assessment and Care Management: The needs of older people with a sensory impairment.  Final Report to the Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care.

Robinson, C.A., Soulsby, J., Windle, G., Seddon, D. and Roberts, S. (2001) Neath Port Talbot Community Reablement Scheme.  Report to Neath Port Talbot Local Health Group.

Seddon, D., Jones, K., Hill, J. and Robinson, C.A. (2001) A study of young carers in Wales: Policy and practice issues.  Final Report to the Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care.

Parry-Jones, B., Robinson, C.A. and Lowies, P. (2001) The Monitoring and Evaluation of Domiciliary Social Care in Wales: Part 2. Final Report. Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care.

Parry-Jones, B., Robinson, C.A. and Soulsby, J. (2000) The Monitoring and Evaluation of Domiciliary Social Care in Wales, Part 1. Final report to the Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care, Centre for Social Policy Research and Development, University of Wales Bangor.

Parry-Jones, B., Robinson, C.A. and Soulsby, J. (2001) The Monitoring and Evaluation of Domiciliary Social Care in Wales: Part 1. Final report to the Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care

Parry-Jones, B., Robinson, C.A., Ramcharan, P. and Grant, G. (1998) Assessment and Care Management in Wales: Summary Report. Centre for Social Policy Research and Development, University of Wales Bangor.

Parry-Jones, B., Robinson, C.A., Ramcharan, P. and Grant, G. (1998) The Practitioners’ Voice: Assessment and Care Management in Wales.  Final report to the Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care, Centre for Social Policy Research and Development, University of Wales Bangor.

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Research

Current and Recent Projects

 

Project Title

 

Investigators

Funder

Grant £

Dates

Improving assessment and treatment of mental disorder after Deliberate Self Harm in South India

Poole, R.

Robinson, C.A.

Danivas, V.

Krishna, N.

Sharma, V

Tropical Health Education Trust, DFID

65,000

2015-2017

National Centre for Mental Health

Jones, I.

Robinson, C.A.

Lloyd, K.

Owen, M.

John, A.

Jackson, M.

NISCHR

3,000,000

2015-2018

Wales Kidney Research Unit

Fraser, D.

Philips, A.

Topley, N.

Chess, J.

Noyes, J

Robinson, C.A.,

NISCHR

1,492,685

2015-2018

Development of faculty, strengthening of research capability in Mysore

Raveesh, BN

Poole, R.

Robinson, C.A.

Lepping, P.

British Council

20,341

2014-2015

Vulnerable adults and anti-social behaviour: an exploration of current practice.

Krayer, A.

Robinson, C.A.

Poole, R.

Jones, B.

Isaac, M.

Foulkes, T.

Lacy, F

NISCHR

169, 495

2013-2015

National Institute for Social Care and Health Research All Wales Academic Social Care Research Collaboration (ASCC)

 

Robinson, C.A.

Pithouse, A.

Phillips, J. 

NISCHR

792,311

2012-2015

Centre for Mental Health and Society (CMHS)

 

Poole, R.& Robinson, C.A.

BCUHB Charitable Fund

170,000

2012-2016

Evaluation of Support Time Recovery Scheme for patients placed out of area

 

Robinson, C.A.& Poole, R.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

141,000

2011-2014

Service provision for people with mental health and substance misuse problems – the relationship between stigma and social exclusion

 

Robinson,C.A.

Krayer, A.

Poole, R.

Wolfendale, C.

NISCHR

109,863

2011-2013

Gwent Carers Support Services

Seddon, D

Robinson, C.A.

 

Funded by consortia led by Gwent Local Authority

48,000

2011-2012

Achieving positive changed in the drinking culture in Wales

Poole, R.

Robinson, C.A.

Parry, O.

Kennedy, L.

Tocqu, K.

Alcohol Concern

30,000

2010-2011

Deaths involving Alcohol (DIAL)

 

 

Robinson C.A.& Poole R

Hosted by the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

143,000

2010-2011

Adult survivors and their families: current needs and service responses

 

 

Seddon, D.

Robinson, C.A.

Gwilym, H.

NISCHR

123,000

2010-2011

Activities

Committee Membership

Social Care Wales/Health and Care Wales Strategy Group 2016-
Health and Care Research Wales Social Care Research Delivery Board 2016-
National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) Board Member 2015-
Service User and Carer Partnership Committee Member and Academic Lead 2016-
Chair Social Work MA Operational Steering Group 2012-2015
Chair Method and Research in Service Settings 2012-
Bangor University Ethics Committee 2012-2015
Bangor University Appeals Committee 2012-2015
National Task and Finish Group for Serious and Untoward Incidents in Mental Health 2012-

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