Ms Hannah Lewis
PhD Student, Centre for Psychiatry
Hannah Lewis is a London Interdisciplinary Social Science (LISS) funded PhD Student at the Centre for Psychiatry.
Hannah had previously studied at the Centre where she completed an MSc in Cultural and Global Perspectives in Mental Health Care, where she undertook a systematic review of school-based body image interventions to assess their cultural inclusivity.
After her masters, Hannah spent a few years working in mental health policy and practice at a leading third-sector organisation where she led on a number of key areas, including: children and young people’s mental health; co-production; early intervention in psychosis (EIP) services; and physical health inequalities among people with a ‘severe mental illness’ (SMI). She returned to the Centre in 2019 to study an MRes in Psychological Therapies and conducted a second systematic review which explored the involvement of `people with lived experience of eating disorders in prevention and treatment interventions.
For her PhD project, Hannah is building upon her previous research in eating disorder prevention, cultural inclusivity and involvement by co-producing a cultural adaptation of The Body Project – an eating disorder prevention programme based on cognitive dissonance which has the most robust evidence base in the field. By working closely with the diverse community of Tower Hamlets, Hannah intends to co-deliver and co-evaluate the culturally adapted intervention in local schools with educational mental health practitioners and experts-by-experience.