Maev Conneely McInerney

Thesis title:

Social Identity & Psychosis


Mebh’s research how experiencing psychosis and receiving a diagnosis may affect patients’ identity and sense of belonging to different groups, and identify if and how identity negotiation processes are linked to clinical outcomes and mediators. Her research aims to translate insights from social psychology into methodological tools to study identity negotiation processes in people with psychosis and link them to outcomes and to good clinical practices. Research questions will include: How are identity changes and patients’ experiences of the impact of symptoms of schizophrenia on identity described in the mental health literature? How do people describe the process of identity negotiation following a diagnosis of a psychotic disorder? How can processes of identity negotiation be measured quantitatively in a way that is understandable and meaningful to patients? Are identity negotiation processes linked to health outcomes (quality of life and social situation)? Which practices are likely to support positive identity negotiation processes?

First supervisor:

Domenico Giacco


1 – Health Practices, Innovation & Implementation