PST&CE: Members of the Committee




Chris Scanlon

Dr Christopher Scanlon (DPhil) has a background as a mental health nurse, psychotherapist, group analyst, organisational consultant and academic, and is currently Principal Lecturer and Visiting Professor in Psychosocial Practice, University of East London; Senior Visiting Research Fellow, University of the West of England; Founder member of the Association for Psychosocial Studies (APS); associate member of Organisation for Promotion of the Understanding of Society (OPUS) and member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Society (ISPSO); non-executive Director for EMERGENCE (a national service users’ charity campaigning for improved services for people with personality disorders) and Training Group Analyst and member of Faculty at the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA). Previously, Consultant Psychotherapist in general adult and forensic mental health and Organisational Team Development Consultant in NHS, including roles as Consultant Psychotherapist & lead for Training and Consultation, Henderson Hospital Therapeutic Community Services and Consultant Psychotherapist in Forensic Psychiatry at the Millfields severe personality disorders Unit in East London. He was also visiting senior lecturer in Forensic Psychotherapy, Department of Developmental and Social Psychiatry, Division of Psychiatry, St. George’s University of London; Professional Adviser to Ministry of Justice and Department of Health’s Personality Disorder Expert Advisory Group, Professional Adviser to the ‘Social Inclusion Unit’ in the Department for Communities and Local Government, and a trustee of the Zito Trust – a major UK Mental Health Charity campaigning for improved services for mentally disordered offenders and their victims. He has published widely with a special interest in psycho-social studies, relational mental health, forensic mental health, personality disorders, housing and homelessness, group analysis and group-relations, systems-psychodynamics, therapeutic communities, reflective practice, team development and organisational consultancy and working with traumatised people and traumatised organisations, and is currently associate editor for Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society and ‘Free Associations’.


Miranda Quinney

Miranda has been working with story for the last ten years. She tells, makes and performs stories to young and old in a variety of locations – from offices to woodlands, in libraries, theatres and festivals. She is passionate about the importance of saving people’s real life stories and works with individuals and groups as a biographer and facilitator. Her work with patients, staff and carers in hospices across the UK is a daily reminder of how powerful our stories are. She has developed Sharing Stories for Wellbeing as a way to share the benefits of biographical story telling. The programme has been evaluated by the University of Northampton’s faculty for Health and Wellbeing. Sharing Stories for Wellbeing was a finalist in the 2014 Dementia Care Awards . In 2016 Miranda will be collaborating with Hospice UK to promote and deliver a nationwide train the trainer programme aimed to ensure every UK hospice has access to storyteller with the skills to run sharing stories workshops.


Tom Harrison


Tom is a psychiatrist, with interests in history and complexity theory. He has worked in rehabilitation psychiatry in the UK for the past 30 years. One of the places he worked was Hollymoor Hospital, which is where the Northfield Experiments took place during the Second World War. This led to his writing Bion, Rickman, Foulkes and the Northfield Experiments: Advancing on a Different Front, published by Jessica Kingsley in 2002. An Honorary Research Fellow in the History of Medicine at the University of Birmingham, he is currently involved in a research project looking at the Therapeutic Community at the Ingrebourne Centre from 1957 to 2000″.


Kate Brown

brown_kateKate is a Bowlby Centre trained UKCP registered attachment based psychoanalytic psychotherapist who started her career in therapeutic communities working with adults with a variety of mental health difficulties, and with adolescents individually and in groups. She has worked with young mothers and in mainstream community psychiatric services with patients’ families. She has also provided time limited therapy with former servicemen who had experienced complex trauma. She teaches at The Bowlby Centre and is a member of the Attachment Journal editorial group, former chair of the clinical forum at The Bowlby Centre. She is working on a PhD through the Centre for Psychoanalysis at Middlesex University on “The History of the Cotswold Therapeutic Community – psychoanalytic perspectives on love and hate”.

Carolyn Mears

mears_carolyn2Carolyn is founder of the Sandy Hook-Columbine Cooperative, a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, a Fellow of the Planned Environment Therapy Trust, and an alliance member of the National Centre for Therapeutic Residential and Foster Care (UK). She is Vice President of the Board of Directors of the ILUG (school safety) foundation, is on the Advisory Board of the Trauma Certification Program at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, and holds a research appointment at the University of Denver (DU).

As an educator and parent whose son survived the Columbine High School shootings, Carolyn conducted research into the impact of the tragedy on parents and families. Her dissertation, ‘Experiences of Columbine Parents: Finding a Way to Tomorrow’, received the Outstanding Qualitative Dissertation of the Year award from the American Educational Research Association in 2005. Her first book, “Interviewing for Education and Social Science Research: The Gateway Approach” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), introduces the innovative approach she developed for the Columbine study, using aspects of oral history and insider research to traverse the boundaries of human experience and bring to light matters of concern to education and social science researchers. This narrator-centered method, which has been recognized as a distinct new qualitative approach by the AERA, provides a means for researchers to access the often hidden human responses and perceptions about an event or situation so that others can better understand. It is a way to document life experience as well as to help those who make decisions and write policy become better informed about the true impact of their actions on the individuals involved.

Her next book, ‘Reclaiming School in the Aftermath of Trauma: Advice Based on Experience’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), is an award-winning anthology offering stories of real experience in crisis situations and the traumatic aftermath. Allowing readers inside the aftermath of other life-changing events, contributors include educators, students, parents, clergy, crisis responders, counselors, and others related to a variety of traumatic exposures, including rampage shootings, Columbine, Virginia Tech, Jokela (Finland), Platte Canyon; natural disaster such as Hurricane Katrina; the terrorist attacks of 9/11; and personal violation.

Dr. Mears consults, works with schools and communities, and speaks to audiences worldwide about recovery from trauma, sharing her own experiences related to the shooting at Columbine High School as well as the stories of others who have survived and transcended tragedy. Her goal is to discern and disclose the resources and practices that people have found helpful in reclaiming their lives after traumatic loss.

Verusca Calabria  (Trustee liaison member)

VeruscaVerusca is an oral history and heritage consultant, a member of the Oral History Society Committee, and Oral History Society Regional Networker for Nottinghamshire. Among past projects stretching back over ten years, she directed the collection and archiving of 2400 oral histories for Antony Gormley’s ‘One and Other’ fourth-plinth participatory project; “Belonging in Brent Oral History Project: capturing the lives of Jews, Irish and West Indians that settled in Brent from 1930s to 1950s”; and “Moroccan Memories Oral History Project” (among others). She is currently pursuing an oral history of the Nottingham asylums as part of a PhD research programme at Nottingham Trent University with a focus on the value of peer-to-peer and staff-to-service user relationships for recovery.

Craig Fees  (Trustee liaison member)

fees__craigCraig has an MA in theater and theater history from Occidental College in Los Angeles, and a PhD in Folklife Studies from the University of Leeds. He is the founding archivist for the Planned Environment Therapy Trust Archive and Study Centre, a specialist repository with a primary focus on therapeutic communities and environments, including alternative/democratic/progressive schools functioning as “therapeutic communities for normal children”. He is a Registered Member of the Archives and Records Association; a member of the Oral History Society Committee, and Regional Representative for the Oral History Society’s Regional Network; an accredited trainer in the British Library/National Life Stories/Oral History Society training programme; course author and tutor in Oral History for the Centre of Archive and Information Studies at the University of Dundee; and an Honorary Research Fellow in the History of Medicine at the University of Birmingham.