Service Evaluation - John Larsen
Head of Evaluation
Telephone: 020 7840 3077
John leads the evaluation strategy for our services and heads up the Evaluation Team. He has a background as an anthropologist and has for more than 15 years undertaken research in mental health, working together with staff and people with personal experiences of mental illness and developing practice tools for recovery-oriented routine outcome data capture.
John is co-convenor of the Mental Health Qualitative Research Network and leads the People Study on the implementation of personalised mental health services. He holds appointments as a Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey and a Visiting Researcher at the Department of Health Service and Population Research within the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.
Areas of expertise
- Service evaluation and practice development
- Mental health recovery and identity theory
- Existential phenomenology and meaning-making
- Qualitative methodology (ethnography, in-depth interview, focus group, thematic and interpretive analysis)
- Participative methods (action research, collaboration with service users, practitioners and managers)
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Larsen, J., Ainsworth, E., Harrop, C., Patterson, S., Hamilton, S., Szymczynska, P., Tew, J., Manthorpe, J. and Pinfold, V. (2013). ‘Implementing personalisation for people with mental health problems: a comparative case study of four local authorities in England’, Journal of Mental Health 22(2): 174–182.
Bird, V. J., Le Boutillier, C., Leamy, M., Larsen, J., Oades, L. G., Williams, J. and Slade, M. (2012). ‘Assessing the strengths of mental health consumers: a systematic review’, Psychological Assessment 24: 1024-1033.
Thomas, N., Pilgrim, D., Street, C. and Larsen, J. (2012) ‘Supporting young people with mental health problems: lessons from a voluntary sector pilot’, Mental Health Review Journal 17(1): 14-25.
Williams, J., M. Leamy, V. Bird, C. Harding, J. Larsen, L. Oades and M. Slade (2012) ‘Measures of the recovery orientation of mental health services: systematic review’, Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 47: 1827-1835.
Slade, M., V. Bird, R. Chandler, J. Fox, J. Larsen, J. Tew, M. Leamy (2010) ‘The contribution of advisory committees and public involvement to large studies: case study’, BMC Health Services Research 10: 323.
Larsen, J.A. (2007) ‘Symbolic healing of early psychosis: psychoeducation and sociocultural processes of recovery’, Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 31: 283-306.
Larsen, J.A. (2007) ‘Understanding a complex intervention: person-centred ethnography in early psychosis’, Journal of Mental Health 16(3): 333-345.
Larsen, J.A. (2004) ‘Finding meaning in first episode psychosis: experience, agency, and the cultural repertoire’, Medical Anthropology Quarterly 18(4): 447-471.
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