King’s Improvement Science

Rachel Rowan Olive

KIS Researchers

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) co-ordinator, King’s Improvement Science, King’s College London

Rachel Rowan Olive

Rachel Rowan Olive

Rachel joined King’s Improvement Science in 2022, where she works as the PPI co-ordinator. 

Rachel previously worked as a lived experience consultant with King’s College London and UCL via the Mental Health Policy Research Unit. She has an MA in Applied Linguistics and Communication from Birkbeck, University of London, where she researched the experience of voice-hearing in multilingual people.

She has taught MSc students and DClinPsy students at London South Bank University and the University of Essex, covering lived experience / survivor knowledge and the psychiatric system. She has also run several full-day training programmes via the London Hearing Voices Network on critical approaches to the construct of 'Borderline Personality Disorder', and writes and campaigns on this topic.

Research interests

  • Lived experience / survivor research in mental health
  • Lived experience and research ethics
  • Self-harm and suicidality, critiques of and alternatives to 'Borderline Personality Disorder'
  • Voice-hearing and multilingualism

Expertise and public engagement

  • Trustee for National Survivor User Network, a user-led mental health organisation
  • Writing and illustration on lived experience in mental health

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