Dr Norha Vera San Juan
Norha has a mixed academic background in political science, clinical and experimental psychology, and population research. She completed a PhD in Social Epidemiology at King's College London, and currently works as a Research fellow at the Institute for Global Health (UCL) and the NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit, informing mental health service and policy development.
She is a member of the Rapid Research Evaluation and Appraisal Lab (RREAL) and the Qualitative Applied Health Research Centre (QUAHRC). She is also co-founder of the Social Research Platform on Mental Health in Latin America (PLASMA), and lead of the Recovery Chapter of the Latin American Consortium for Early Psychosis Research (ANDES).
As part of her PhD, Norha conducted an extensive analysis of the meaning of recovery from the perspective of people with lived experience of psychosis and their families/carers. Outputs from this work include a model of wellbeing that introduces the notion of political and economic recovery, and guidance around measurement tools that can be used to guide patient-centred mental health service development.
Currently, Norha's work focuses on applying participatory research methods that promote stakeholder involvement; it challenges the traditional focus on clinical views and rather advocates for co-construction of knowledge to promote the sustainable development of health services. She is interested in innovative research methods that allow for collaborative data collection and analysis of large qualitative datasets in a timely manner. This includes qualitative methods such as rapid appraisal, framework analysis, and combining thematic analysis with health informatics methods like text network analysis.