After an extensive career in the media industry, I traded the camera for academia and gained BPS status with a BSc. in Psychology & Abuse. Wanting to progress further in mental health intervention design, I completed a MSc. in Psychological Wellbeing in Clinical Practice. I am now a Psychologist and early career Researcher with particular interests in mental health, trauma and abuse.
I have worked for twelve years with trauma victims within charity and faith based organisations, subsequently working with people who do not ‘fit’ a diagnosis. I completed my BSc. and MSc. winning 4 awards including ‘2018 Researcher of the Year’ and ‘2017 Pro-Vice Chancellor Award for Outstanding Student’. Currently I am a Mental Health Research Assistant. Our team improves, evaluates and designs interventions spanning criminology, safeguaring, psychology & vulnerable populations.
Prior to becoming a psychologist, I had a ten-year extensive career in television directing and producing life-stories with trauma victims and vulnerable populations. My work included interviewing groups and one-to-one in schools, drug addiction units, with victims of trafficking, sex workers and with the homeless. Now trained in Level 7 counselling and clinical skills I am uniquely qualified to know how to relax interviewees prior to filming, enabling rich discussion in the interview process, as well as being able and qualified to calm, counsel and ground people should any emotions arise.
Honorary Appointments and Membership of Professional organisations:
GUEST LECTURER (Level 6): “Moving Forward In Psychology” MMU, BSc. Forensic Psychology, March, 2020.
GUEST LECTURER (Level 4): “Do you See the Story of Me or do you See Me? Reciprical Communication.” MMU, BSc. Nursing, January, 2019.
GUEST LECTURER (Level 5 and 8): “Life after Graduating” MMU Crewe Campus, all Level 5 and 6 students, March, 2019.
GUEST LECTURER (Level 6): “Moving Forward In Psychology” MMU, BSc. Forensic Psychology, March, 2019.
GUEST LECTURER (Level 7): “Political and Economic Influences upon Mental Health Intervention Delivery and Design.” MMU, MSc. Psychological Wellbeing in Clinical Practice, January, 2019.
E. Craig Child’s Play or Sexual Abuse? Reviewing the Efficacy of the Justice Framework in Dealing with Child on Child Sexual Abuse in the United Kingdom. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse.
N. Hallett, J. Duxbury, T. McKee, N. Harrison, A. Haines, et al. (2020). Taser use on individuals experiencing mental distress: An integrative literature review. J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs.
E. Craig, S. Parry, J. Keenan “I’m a Person Not a Disorder.” A Phenomenological Analysis Exploring How Employees with Bipolar Stay Well at Work. Manchester, 10/7/2019.
E. Craig, S. Parry, J. Keenan “I’m a Person Not a Disorder.” A Phenomenological Analysis Exploring How Employees with Bipolar Stay Well at Work. Cardiff, 3/7/2019.
C. Lewin, A. Smith, S. Morris, E. Craig Using Digital Technology to Improve Learning: Evidence Review. Education Endowment Foundation, Education Endowment Foundation.
Feb 2020 | MINDSCAPES round table discussion. MINDSCAPES is new cultural co-operation project that brings together cultural institutions and artists in The Netherlands and Manchester. The project explores the impact that our social environment has on our mental wellbeing. It considers how artists might make interventions into our environment in ways that has a profound and lasting impact on mental health. Funded by Dutch Culture, the project a collaboration between SICK! Festival and the Dutch Embassy, working in collaboration with leading cultural institutions in Manchester and the Netherlands. The project will support the development of 5 major new commissions that will be showcased in October 2020, with the aspiration to present them subsequently in Rotterdam.
CONFERENCE ORGANISATION: Co-organised the 22nd Annual Conference for the International Network for Philosophy & Psychiatry together with MMU's Mental Health Research Cluster. The coference is called 'Expertise by Experience: Challenges and Prospects for Mental Health Research Methodology'. The aim of the conference was to explore the role and methodological implications of expertise by experience and user-involvement in mental health research.
CONFERENCE POSTER: “Exploring Domestic Homicide Reviews Using Experience Based Co-Design”. MMU Early Career Researcher Conference, December, 2019. Awarded 1st prise.
CONFERENCE PRESENTATION: “Social Prescribing: Benifits and Barriers” Youth Mental Health Matters Conference. Manchester, October, 2019.
CONFERENCE PRESENTATION: “Ill Health and Health Inequalities”. Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference. July 2019
CONFERENCE PRESENTATION: “Method Slurring: A Narrative, IPA Analysis of Mental Health Inequalities”. Qualitative Methods in Psychology & History & Philosophy of Psychology Conference. July, 2019.
CONFERENCE PRESENTATION: “The Science Behind Singing” Team High Sheriff Wellbeing and Mental Health Conference. Manchester, November, 2018.
CONFERENCE PRESENTATION: “The Science Behind Singing” Youth Mental Health Matters Conference. Manchester, October, 2018.
CONFERENCE PRESENTATION: “A Teen in Trauma – What Teacher’s Need to Know” Youth Mental Health Matters Conference. Manchester, October, 2018.
MANCHESTER CITY COUNCIL PRESENTATION: Manchester’s Mental Health Choir: A Pilot Community Mental Health Intervention disseminated to Manchester City Council Health Division: August, 2018.
INTERACTIVE POSTER: “Staying Well At Work: An IPA Analysis of How
Employees with Bipolar Stay well at Work”. Practitioner Wellbeing Conference, March,
CONFERENCE PRESENTATION: “Domestic Violence Victims and Perpetrators”. Women of the World Conference. Chester, April, 2018.
CONFERENCE PRESENTATION: “Child’s Play or Sexual Abuse? The Efficacy of the UK’s Justice System in Dealing with Cases of Child on Child Sex Abuse.” Manchester Metropolitan Postgraduate Research Conference, March, 2018.
CONFERENCE PRESENTATION: “My Faith and Me: A Phenomenological Exploration of the Self Pre & Post Christian Conversion”. British Conference of Undergraduate Research, Sheffield, April, 2017.
STEAKHOLDER PRESENTATION: Service Evaluation: Best Practice Educational Tool for Adults with Special Educational Needs: Disseminated to stakeholders NOVUS, January, 2018.
Awarded £1,250 | NW Reserach Design Service for Public Involvement, Co-Production Work, Feb 2019
Awarded £25,000 | Manchester Metropolitan, Small Capital Bids Funds, May 2019
Awarded £2,081 | Manchester Metropolitan, Researcher Capability Award, Feb 2020
I am the co-founder of Manchester’s Mental Health Choir – a community based project in partnership with the Bridgewater Hall and disability charity TripleC. My clinical skills underpin the facilitation and safeguarding of this group. The group has over 150 members with 50-65 attending regularly. Research with this group showed choir membership reduces self-reporting anxiety and depression significantly, increases life quality and wellbeing and combats loneliness.
The choir’s impact informed Manchester City Council's decision to arrange a mass sing-along at the Arena Attack Anniversary 2018. I was interviewed about the science behind singing before the choir sang to an audience of 15,000 people. More recently, the choir partnered with Kensington's Palace's 'Heads Up' Campaign and launched a campaign to break the stigma of mental health in sport. Together with Prince William, BeeVocal launched the campaign at Wembly Stadium singing live on TV and to audience of 90,000 people https://www.headstogether.org.uk/community-shield-launch/. In Dec 2019, BeeVocal collaborated with artist Emile Sande performing at The Royal Variety Show to raise awareness of mental health. https://vimeo.com/378680158
In February 2017 I launched the Student Academic Innovation Journal at ManMet Uni. The aim of the journal was to showcase outstanding student research. The journal was run for students by students with a supervisory board of undergrad students, tutors and PhD students. After winning a funding bid for £3500 I recruited a team, built a website, collated and peeer reviewed articles and launched the journal in Feb 2017. The Centre of Excellence for Learning and Teaching awarded my efforts with 'Outstanding Contribution to Academia' in 2017.
I am an advisor and regular keynote speaker for teen charity ‘Youth Mental Health Matters’. Our aims are to raise awareness of mental health trends in young people, train teachers, pupils and parents how to spot mental health symptoms and to overcome poor help seeking behaviours.
TV INTERVIEW: Manchester’s Mental Health Choir: ITV Christmas Carols Special: December, 2019.
TV INTERVIEW: Benifits of Choir Participation on Mental Health: ITV: December, 2019.
RADIO INTERVIEW: Radio show with BBC Radio Manchester. ‘Mental Health - Surviving Christmas’ with Mike Sweeney. December, 2019.
NEWSPAPER INTERVIEW: Kensington Palace, Heads Up Online Article. ‘Helping Break the Stigma of Mental Health in Sport’. August 2019.
RADIO INTERVIEW: One hour radio show with Tameside Radio 103.6FM. ‘Helping the Royals Break the Stigma of Mental Health in Sport’ with Ian Cheeseman. August, 2019.
RADIO INTERVIEW: Radio show with BBC Radio Manchester. ‘Helping the Royals Break the Stigma of Mental Health in Sport’ with Mike Sweeney. August, 2019.
NEWSPAPER INTERVIEW: Manchester’s Finest,
online magazine. ‘Bee Vocal Chosen to Partner with Kensington Palace at Wembley.’ August 2019.
VIDEOBLOG: ‘BeeVocal Choir Launching The Royal’s Heads Up Campaign’ with Ian Cheeseman. August, 2019.
PODCAST: MetCast, MMU Podcast. ‘Choir Singing & Young People’s Mental Health’. Sept 2019.
TV INTERVIEW: Mental Health Week 2019: Body Image and Choir Singing. That’s Manchester TV: May 2019.
TV INTERVIEW: Manchester’s Mental Health Choir: Granada Reports: March 2018;
TV INTERVIEW: Manchester’s Mental Health Choir: Granada Reports: September, 2018.
RADIO INTERVIEW: Manchester’s Mental Health Choir: Key 103 Radio: March, 2018.
MANCHESTER AREANA ATTACK ANNIVERSARY: “Science Behind Singing”: Manchester Arena Bomb Anniversary: Albert Square, Manchester: 15,000 people.
TV INTERVIEW: “Science Behind Singing”: Manchester Arena Bomb Anniversary: Albert Square, Manchester. Live on BBC & Sky Reports Television
TV INTERVIEW: Manchester’s Mental Health Choir: Granada Reports: September, 2018.