CRISP Secondment, Research Affiliate at NYU from 26th June – 25th July, Symposium and Conference
A blog by Stefania Pagani, PhD Researcher in Psychology and Public Health, University of Strathclyde
I was offered the brilliant opportunity to be seconded to NYU for a month as a research affiliate for the CRISP project. During this secondment, I was able to network with project lead, Victoria Stanhope, and other University of Strathclyde colleagues who were also CRISP secondees. I was also given the opportunity to present my research, and the work I have been doing on my PhD so far at the CRISP pre-conference symposium on the 18th of July, and attend the CRISP conference on the 19th of July. Lastly, I was able to attend a seminar led by Scotland’s Mental Health Foundation.
One of the key events of my secondment was the pre-conference symposium which will be the focus of the remainder of this blog. The symposium gave myself, and others, the chance to share our work among a supportive and interested audience. It was great to hear about ongoing work with regards to conceptualising citizenship, and what it means to those who are living with mental illness. It was also fascinating to listen to work on recovery with regards to those who are homeless and those who have been incarcerated. The second part of the symposium included a range of interesting presentations on work being done on mental health stigma, and social and socioeconomic impact on mental health.
I noticed that an emerging theme throughout the symposium was that a sense of belonging seemed to be one of the most important factors with regards to citizenship, recovery, and mental health stigma. Another aspect of the pre-symposium that I learned was the importance of having a role-model in one’s life. This aids in the recovery, but also in the prevention of mental health problems that can arise. This is also directly relevant to my PhD research which is looking at the influence of role models on attitudes and behaviours towards gender-based violence. It was inspiring to listen to other research that is also highlighting the importance of role-models, for example, research being done on generation snowflake. At the end of the symposium, I had the chance to connect with other researchers with who I exchanged knowledge that will inform my PhD. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed presenting and attending the symposium, having the opportunity to listen to likeminded researchers, and being able to exchange knowledge in a friendly environment.