Dr Ursula Read



Ursula has a PhD in Anthropology from University College London and is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Warwick in the UK. She has been conducting research on mental health in Ghana with colleagues from Kintampo Health Research Centre and the University of Ghana since 2006. 

Her research uses ethnographic, qualitative, participatory and arts-based methods to explore lived experiences of mental illness and care within community settings, traditional and faith-based healing facilities and mental health services. She has particular interests in social justice and strengthening the involvement of communities including people with lived experience, families, faith-based groups and traditional healers in mental health care, advocacy and activism and in the use of creative arts for community engagement and dialogue. With Sarah Dorgbadzi, Lily Kpobi and Annabella Osei-Tutu from the University of Ghana she was recently awarded a grant from United Kingdom Research and Innovation to develop a network on the use of creative arts for mental health advocacy and activism in Ghana and Indonesia.