Psychiatric Quarterly

, Volume 87, Issue 1, pp 75–88 | Cite as

Embedding a Recovery Orientation into Neuroscience Research: Involving People with a Lived Experience in Research Activity

  • Anthony Stratford
  • Lisa BrophyEmail author
  • David Castle
  • Carol Harvey
  • Joanne Robertson
  • Philip Corlett
  • Larry Davidson
  • Ian Everall
Original Paper


This paper highlights the importance and value of involving people with a lived experience of mental ill health and recovery in neuroscience research activity. In this era of recovery oriented service delivery, involving people with the lived experience of mental illness in neuroscience research extends beyond their participation as “subjects”. The recovery paradigm reconceptualises people with the lived experience of mental ill health as experts by experience. To support this contribution, local policies and procedures, recovery-oriented training for neuroscience researchers, and dialogue about the practical applications of neuroscience research, are required.


Neuroscience Recovery Community engagement Participation Consumer participation Recovery orientation 



The authors would like to acknowledge the research and editing support provided by Kim Abdurazak, Mind Australia.

Conflict of interest

We declare no potential conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony Stratford
    • 1
  • Lisa Brophy
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • David Castle
    • 3
    • 4
  • Carol Harvey
    • 3
  • Joanne Robertson
    • 5
  • Philip Corlett
    • 6
  • Larry Davidson
    • 6
  • Ian Everall
    • 3
  1. 1.Mind AustraliaMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.The Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global HealthThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  4. 4.St Vincent’s HealthMelbourneAustralia
  5. 5.The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental HealthThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  6. 6.School of Medicine and Institution for Social and Policy StudiesYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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