Patrick Callaghan is Professor of Mental Health Science and Dean of the School of Applied Sciences at London South Bank University. A Mental Health Nurse, Chartered Health Psychologist, Chartered Health Scientist and Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, Professor Callaghan has worked in mental health for 30 years.
Impact of work
In 2010 he was awarded the Eileen Skellern Memorial Lecture for his contribution to Mental Health Nursing and the Winifred Raphael Memorial Lecture by the Royal College of Nursing UK in 2016. He led the education group of the Chief Nursing Officer’s Review of Mental Health Nursing in England in 2005. He was a Non-Executive Director of the Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (2016-2017), Chair of the National Institute of Health Research’s Funding panel for Integrated Clinical Academic Career Awards for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals (2015-2017) and presently the Research Executive lead of the UK Council of Deans for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals.
He was Associate Director (Research Engagement) at the National Institute of Health Research Clinical Research Network (Mental Health) and was Visiting Professor in Mental Health at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland 2006 -2012. He has held Visiting Scholar appointments at the University of Poznan, Poland and Kwazulu-Natal University, South Africa. He was the first elected Chair of Mental Health Nurse Academics UK and sits on the steering committee of Horatio: The European Association of Mental Health Nursing.
He is a Professorial Fellow, of the Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham. He is a former non-executive director of the Mental Health Act Commission in England.
Professor Callaghan has published 105 papers, secured around £6m of research grants and edited three books.
Plans for the future
His research interests are evaluating psychosocial interventions in mental health and acute care, testing social cognition models of health-related behaviour in relation to exercise and mental health policy and service evaluation.
Professor of Mental Health Science and Dean of Applied Sciences
London South Bank University