Welcome to the Centre for Mental Health Practice Policy and Law Research

Our Vision 

All our activities pursue our vision to support the realisation of everyone’s right to enjoy the highest attainable standard of mental health across individuals’ lifespan.

Our approach, stakeholder engagement and impacts

Our expert multi-disciplinary approach, involving academics, students and public, private and third sector stakeholders and informed by lived experience, carers and practitioners, has addressed and continues to address health and social care needs and challenges to find meaningful and impactful solutions that support and influence:

  • Individuals with mental health challenges, personality disorder, dementia, intellectual disabilities and acquired brain injury, their families and unpaid carers, including under-served groups, and their representative bodies and organisations.
  • Health and care professionals, including nurses, allied health professionals, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, lawyers, advocacy workers.
  • Legislators and policy-makers.
  • Health Boards.
  • Local authorities.
  • The voluntary sector.
  • Regulatory and monitoring bodies.
  • The police. 
  • Courts and tribunals.
  • Future health and social leaders, including undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Our research themes

  • Psychological and social interventions for mental health and neurological conditions and intellectual disability.
  • Practice, policy and law evaluation, review and reform – applying research and knowledge exchange to: Care, treatment and other support; Law enforcement; Criminal justice.
  • Human rights, equality and non-discrimination.
  • Exploring and supporting the exercise of capacity and decision-making.
  • Barriers to achieving the highest attainable standard of mental health, including addiction, trauma, physical ill-health, physical disability, co-morbidities, socio-economic inequalities and intersectionality. 


 We welcome collaboration with academics (including clinical academics), students and public, private and third sector stakeholders including persons with lived experience, carers and practitioners, and law and policy makers. This could be through research, consultancy, learning and teaching and public engagement. 

Research students

Our doctoral and masters students are integral to the research culture and reputation of the Centre. Through our research and expertise we support and develop future health and social care researchers and leaders in the field of mental health.

Get in touch 

If you wish to discuss working with us or would like to undertake doctoral or masters level research with us, please contact the Centre’s lead Professor Jill Stavert: j.stavert@napier.ac.uk.

If you wish to discuss clinical academic roles within the Centre, please contact Professor Nicola Ring: n.ring@napier.ac.uk.

If you have a general enquiry about our Centre, please email cmhpplr@napier.ac.uk.

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