Dr Denise Meyer

Head of Wellbeing
@ University of Portsmouth

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Dr Denise Meyer is Chartered Psychologist and has worked in university support services since 1995. She is currently Head of Wellbeing at the University of Portsmouth. She has advisory positions with national mental health charities Student Minds and the Charlie Waller Trust (CWT), and has published and spoken at numerous sector conferences on a range of student mental health topics. Denise has a longstanding interest in innovation in student support, especially through integration with learning, and in the development of empowering discourses related to psychological health. Her doctoral research, which included collaborative action research with students, investigated practical applications of empowering discourses around depression and resulted in CWT’s award-winning Students Against Depression website, which has supported millions of users nationally and internationally. Denise’s latest publication is ‘The Student Lifecycle: Pressure points and transitions’ in Barden & Caleb (2019) Student Mental Health & Wellbeing in Higher Education: A practical guide. Sage. Her innovative Welcome Ambassadors project was promoted by the Department of Education as an example of good practice in supporting student transitions. Denise’s current interest is the integration of compassion-focused psychoeducation into the curriculum.