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I joined the University of Bath in 2012 as a Lecturer in Social Work, having worked for three years as a lecturer in Social Work at the University of the West of England, Bristol before that.  

I qualified as a social worker in 1998 and worked in a wide variety of mental health settings in the statutory and voluntary sectors.  This included work within community mental health teams, assertive outreach teams, drug and alcohol teams and work within forensic mental health settings.

I have several research interests.  These include:

- The views of people with mental health problems on their own mental health care

- The views of carers towards mental health care

- How professionals interpret law and policy

I use perspectives from the sociology of mental health and illness and the sociology of risk and uncertainty to examine these issues. 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Social Science, Cardiff University


  • Sociology of mental health and illness
  • risk and uncertainty
  • mental health
  • Socio-legal decision making
  • social work

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Projects 2015 2018

Research Output 2010 2018

Open Access
Disabled Persons

Contemporary public perceptions of psychiatry: some problems for mental health professions

Dixon, J. & Richter, D., 30 Nov 2018, In : Social Theory & Health. 16, 4, p. 326-341 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Health Occupations
mental disorder
Mental Health

Forensic social work

Dixon, J., 1 Jun 2018, Mental Health Social Work: The Art and Science of Practice. Hardy, M. & Webber, M. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Narratives of illness and offending: mentally disordered offenders’ views on their offending

Dixon, J., 11 Jul 2018, In : Sociology of Health and Illness. 40, 6, p. 1053-1068 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Mental Health

Narratives of Illness and Offending: Mentally Disordered Offenders’ Views on Their Offending

Dixon, J., 20 Jul 2018, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper



Community Treatment Orders: what do they tell us about the exercise of power over the psychiatric patient?

Author: Martin, D., 13 Feb 2019

Supervisor: Butler, I. (Supervisor) & Dixon, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Prison and the family : an exploration of maternal imprisonment from a family-centred perspective

Author: Booth, N., 7 Aug 2017

Supervisor: Ridge, T. (Supervisor) & Dixon, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD