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portrait of Dr Louise Phillips

Dr Louise Phillips

Senior Lecturer in Mental Health

School of Health Sciences, Division of Nursing

Contact Information


Visit Louise Phillips

MG22, Myddelton Street Building

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Louise qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse at Long Grove Hospital in Epsom in 1987, and then went on to practice in the NHS and voluntary sector. She completed her degree in European Cultural History as a mature student at Middlesex University which was followed by her PhD on approaches to the body and mental illness at the University of Kent. This later became a book Mental Illness and the Body: Beyond Diagnosis published by Routledge in 2006.

As well as being a Senior Lecturer at City University London, Louise is the Professional Practice Lead for Mental Health in the Division of Nursing and Programme Director of the MSC Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Adult Mental Health). Louise's teaching and support of students was acknowledged by her being awarded the Student Voice Award in 2013.

Louise is also a researcher and has been awarded two grants for research in the area of perinatal mental illness. She is currently developing this area of research in collaboration with colleagues within the School of Health Sciences and within antenatal and perinatal mental health services in East London.


  1. Mental Health Nurse training (RMN), Kingston & Esher Health Authority, 1991
  2. BSc European Cultural History, Middlesex University, United Kingdom
  3. PhD, University of Kent, United Kingdom

Postgraduate training

  1. Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice, City University London, London, United Kingdom, 2004

Administrative roles

  1. Personal tutor for students completing the pre-registration BSc and PG Diploma in Mental Health nursing
  2. MSc and PhD supervisor
  3. Joint facilitator for Personal and Professional Development groups


  1. Senior Lecturer and researcher specialising in women's mental health, City University, 2002 – present
  2. Community Psychiatric Nurse, Camden & Islington Mental Health Services NHS Trust, 1999 – 2002
  3. Housing Worker Mental Health, Umbrella, London, 1995 – 1999
  4. Residential Mental Health Care Worker, St. Mungo’s Community Trust, London, 1993 – 1995

Memberships of professional organisations

  1. Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  2. Member, Nursing and Midwifery Council


  1. City, University of London (2013) Student Voice Award


Research overview

Louise has conducted research in the areas of:

- the body and mental illness
- mental health practice
- the training and supervision needs of staff working within women-only mental health practice areas
- the experiences of student nurses in practice.

Her recent work has focused upon perinatal mental illness and the experiences of women with mental illness in pregnancy. She conducted a research study funded by the Florence Nightingale Foundation Trust on the knowledge of student midwives and midwifery educators of perinatal mental illness. She has also recently completed a research study funded by the City University London Pump Priming grant on the experiences and expectations of women with mental illness of their first antenatal appointment.

Louise is involved in three other research studies involving student nurses:

1. An evaluation of the emotional impact of practice on mental health students using personal and professional development groups
2. The attitudes of Turkish and English nursing students towards patients who display suicidal ideation, suicidal attempts and suicidal behaviour
3. A twelve nation study on suicidal behaviour and psychological distress among university students.

Research areas

- Mental Health Nursing
- Women's Mental Health
- Perinatal Mental Health and Mothering
- Contemporary European Critical Theory
- Gender and Sexualities


- Awareness of perinatal mental illness in East London among student midwives and midwifery educators (Funded by Florence Nightingale Foundation Trust): completed

- The first antenatal appointment: an exploratory study of the experiences of women with a diagnosis of mental illness (In collaboration with a Specialist Mental Health Midwife and Perinatal Mental Health Team) (Funded by Pump Priming grant, City University London): completed

Research Students

Neil Anderrson

Thesis title: Uncertainties in Gender Violence Epidemiology

Further information: Completed April 2013



  1. Phillips, L. (2006). Mental illness and the body. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-0-415-38320-2.


  1. Phillips, L. and Jackson, A. (2013). Gender-specific mental health care: The case for women-centred care. Working in Mental Health: Practice and Policy in a Changing Environment (pp. 90–103). ISBN 978-0-203-12091-0.

Journal articles (16)

  1. Eskin, M., Poyrazli, S., Janghorbani, M., Bakhshi, S., Carta, M.G., Moro, M.F. … Taifour, S. (2019). The Role of Religion in Suicidal Behavior, Attitudes and Psychological Distress Among University Students: A Multinational Study. Transcultural Psychiatry. doi:10.1177/1363461518823933.
  2. Dikmen-Yildiz, P., Ayers, S. and Phillips, L. (2018). Longitudinal trajectories of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after birth and associated risk factors. Journal of Affective Disorders, 229, pp. 377–385. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2017.12.074.
  3. Dikmen-Yildiz, P., Ayers, S. and Phillips, L. (2017). Depression, anxiety, PTSD and comorbidity in perinatal women in Turkey: A longitudinal population-based study. Midwifery, 55, pp. 29–37. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2017.09.001.
  4. Dikmen-Yildiz, P., Ayers, S. and Phillips, L. (2017). Factors associated with post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) 4–6 weeks and 6 months after birth: A longitudinal population-based study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 221, pp. 238–245. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2017.06.049.
  5. Yildiz, P.D., Ayers, S. and Phillips, L. (2017). The prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder in pregnancy and after birth: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders, 208, pp. 634–645. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2016.10.009.
  6. Dikmen-Yildiz, P., Ayers, S. and Phillips, L. (2017). Screening for birth-related PTSD: Psychometric properties of the Turkish version of the posttraumatic diagnostic scale in postpartum women in Turkey. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 8(1). doi:10.1080/20008198.2017.1306414.
  7. Eskin, M., Kujan, O., Voracek, M., Shaheen, A., Carta, M.G., Sun, J.M. … Tsuno, K. (2016). Cross-national comparisons of attitudes towards suicide and suicidal persons in university students from 12 countries. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 57(6), pp. 554–563. doi:10.1111/sjop.12318.
  8. Eskin, M., Sun, J.M., Abuidhail, J., Yoshimasu, K., Kujan, O., Janghorbani, M. … Voracek, M. (2016). Suicidal behavior and psychological distress in university students: A 12-nation study. Archives of Suicide Research, 20(3), pp. 369–388. doi:10.1080/13811118.2015.1054055.
  9. Phillips, L. (2015). Assessing the knowledge of perinatal mental illness among student midwives. Nurse Education in Practice, 15(6), pp. 463–469. doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2014.09.003.
  10. Phillips, L. and Thomas, D. (2015). The first antenatal appointment: An exploratory study of the experiences of women with a diagnosis of mental illness. Midwifery, 31(8), pp. 756–764. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2015.04.004.
  11. Phillips, L.A., Scott, B. and Tannick-Ellis, S. (2013). The support experiences of student nurses following suicide or suicidal behaviours of mental health patients: an exploratory study. Journal of Mental Health Training Education and Practice.
  12. Phillips, L. (2011). Reflections on the education and training of mental health staff who work with women who have been sexually abused in childhood. JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRIC AND MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 18(8), pp. 696–705. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2850.2010.01680.x.
  13. Balcombe, L., Phillips, L.A. and Jones, J. (2011). To attend or not attend: factors that influence engagement with CAMHS by young people and their parents following an episode of deliberate self-harm. Mental Health Practice, 15(2), pp. 14–18.
  14. Phillips, L.A. (2009). The needs of staff who work with women in single-sex wards. Mental Health Practice, 12, pp. 21–25.
  15. Phillips, L. and McCann, E. (2007). The subjective experiences of people who regularly receive depot neuroleptic medication in the community. JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRIC AND MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 14(6), pp. 578–586. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2850.2007.01145.x.
  16. Bowers, L., Simpson, A., Eyres, S., Nijman, H., Hall, C., Grange, A. … Phillips, L. (2006). Serious untoward incidents and their aftermath in acute inpatient psychiatry: The Tompkins Acute Ward Study. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 15(4), pp. 226–234. doi:10.1111/j.1447-0349.2006.00428.x.


Educational leadership

Programme Director for pre-registration Mental Health Nursing from September 2016

Postgraduate modules

- APM006

Undergraduate modules

- HSM001

Other Activities

Clinical activity (3)

  1. Perinatal Mental Health Service
  2. Antenatal clinic
  3. Link lecturer in Hackney team

Editorial activity

  1. Nursing Education in Practice and Journal of Midwifery, Reviewer.

Events/conferences (7)

  1. Perinatal Mental Illness. London (2014).
    Description: 3rd Annual Mental Health Conference, London
  2. International Marcé Society Scientific Conference. Swansea (2014).
    Description: Poster presentation: 'The first antenatal appointment: an exploratory study of the experiences of women with a diagnosis of mental illness'
  3. Royal College of Nursing Mental Health Forum Conference. London (2011).
    Description: Speaker: 'Reflections on the education and training of mental health staff who work with women who have been sexually abused in childhood'
  4. 4th World Congress on Women's Mental Health. Madrid, Spain (2011).
    Description: Poster presentation
  5. 10th annual interdisciplinary research conference. Dublin, Ireland (2009).
    Description: 'The subjective experiences of people who regularly receive depot neuroleptic medication in the community'
  6. ICCNR conference. Tokyo, Japan (2005).
  7. School of Nursing, Columbia University. New York (2004).
    Description: Presented seminar entitled 'The body in mental health practice'