Our core drivers as a group are:
1. Towards a psychosocial paradigm of mental health
The group has a long tradition of research which underpins a psychosocial understanding of mental distress, broadly arguing that distress is a meaningful psychological experience developed in response to adverse life events. Research carried out by past and current group members has been instrumental in arguing for a paradigm shift away from narrow medical understandings of mental health and distress.
2. Towards theoretical innovation in psychology
Another core tradition of the group is engagement with social theory to explore psychological research questions. Theories of affect, process, narrative, feminism and coloniality variously animate research done by group members, also inspiring methodological creativity and experimentation.