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Dr Emma Kaminskiy

Associate Professor

Staff Wellbeing Lead

Interim Director for the ARU Centre for Societies and Groups (2022-23)

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Psychology and Sport Science
Areas of Expertise:
Societies and Groups
Research Supervision:

Emma undertakes health services research with a particular interest in involvement and collaboration with service users and carers in mental health research and service improvement.

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Emma joined the Psychology team at Anglia Ruskin University in 2014. She is a Chartered Psychologist and member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Before her academic career and PhD, Emma worked in the private sector in various organisations over a number of years and has an MSc in Organisational Psychology.

Emma is a member of the Empowerment and Social Justice Research Group, and Interim Co-director (2022-23) of the ARU Centre for Societies and Groups.

Research interests

Emma’s broad interests lie in people’s everyday lived experience of healthcare services. She undertakes research in the following areas:

  • Mental health services, and evaluating co-production, service user involvement, and shared decision making in mental health settings
  • Critical perspectives and community health psychology, in particular considerations of power and psychiatry
  • Wellbeing among students, and embedding emotions for learning in the curriculum
  • Qualitative methods and participatory approaches in psychology

Areas of research supervision

Emma has supervised PhD students to completion and would welcome PhD applications that fit her research interests.


  • Culture and Health
  • Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Research in Action: Qualitative methods


PhD, Anglia Ruskin University, 2014

MSc Organisational Psychology, City University, 2010

BSc (Hons) Psychology, City University, 2000

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Chartered member of the British Psychological Society
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) (2021-2024) as a co investigator for a project entitled Coproducing improved Mental health acute Inpatient Discharge using a Systems approach (MINDS).

Anglia Ruskin University and Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust Pump Priming Award (2019-2021). Funding for a project entitled Basildon Hospital as an Anchor Organisation: Staff experiences of living and working in Basildon.

Anglia Ruskin Pump Priming Award (2019). Funding for a research project entitled Improving mental health service provision through user involvement: A Scoping Review.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust and Anglia Ruskin University (2017–2020). Funding for a PhD studentship exploring use of Personal Narratives for Reducing Coercion in inpatient mental health settings.

Health and Wellbeing Academy, Anglia Ruskin University (2014). Funding for an Evaluation of a mental health Recovery College.

Selected recent publications

Kaminskiy, E., Zisman-Ilani, Y., Morant, N., Ramon, S., 2021. Barriers and enablers to shared decision making in psychiatric medication management: A qualitative investigation of clinician and service users' views. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 12, 678005.

Buckland, S., Kaminskiy, E., Bright, P., 2019. Conceptualisations of loss following Acquired Brain Injury: A multi method analysis of patients and carer experiences. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation.

Kaminskiy, E., Finlay, M., 2018. It does take two to tango: An applied conversation analysis of recorded meetings between psychiatrists and service users discussing medication. Health Communication.

Lombardo, C., Van Bortel, T., Wagner, A. P., Kaminskiy, E., Wilson, C., Krishnamoorthy, T., ... Ray, M. K., 2018. PROGRESS: the PROMISE governance framework to decrease coercion in mental healthcare. BMJ Open Qual, 7(3), e000332.

Perestelo-Perez, L., Rivero-Santana, A., Alvarez-Perez, Y., Zisman-Ilani, Y., Kaminskiy, E., Serrano-Aguilara, P., 2017. Measurement issues of shared decision making in mental health: Challenges and Opportunities. Mental Health Review Journal.

Kaminskiy, E., Senner, S., Hamann, J., 2017. Attitudes towards shared decision making in mental health: A qualitative synthesis. Mental Health Review Journal.

Kaminskiy, E., 2015. The Elephant in the Room: A Theoretical Examination of Power for Shared Decision Making in Psychiatric Medication Management. Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work Analysis, Research, Polity, and Practice, 4(2), pp. 19-38.

Morant, N., Kaminskiy, E., Ramon, S., 2015. Shared decision making for psychiatric medication management: beyond the micro‐social. Health Expectations.