Department:School of Education & Social Care
Shula works primarily as a researcher and supervisor, focusing on community mental health for adults of working age with long term mental ill health. Applying participatory action research framework, she aims to enhance their potential abilities.
Trained as a social worker and clinical psychologist, Shula combines an interest in individuals, communities, and their social context. Most of her research focuses on community mental health and more recently on the new meaning of recovery for adults of working age. Comparative research, primarily European, is another strand of her research work, as well as participatory action research.
Shula is active in Indosow, the European social work PhD enrichment programme, and committed to involving service users as trainers and co-researchers. Researching the impact of political conflict on social work and media representation complete her background.
The unifying element in her research interest is the wish to carry out research that engages the participants, treating them as experts in experience, and attempting to empower them through participatory action research.
The impact of the strength approach developed first by social work researchers has led her to invest in having people who use health and social care services as trainers and co-researchers.
Learning from comparative contexts is an important strand of her research work.
Shula’s autobiographical background led her to be interested in political, armed, conflicts, a decade before it became a troubling social issue in the UK.
Shula tends to work with other colleagues as co-supervisors whose expertise compliments hers either in methodology and/or research area.
Shula contributes to teaching in areas of her expertise, mainly to MA and PhD students. The topics include qualitative research methodology, participatory action research, shared decision-making in mental health, recovery research, the strength approach, understanding and intervening in the context of domestic violence, empowering young LGBT adults.
Ryan, P., Ramon, S., Greacen, T. (ed) (2012) Recovery, Empowerment and Lifelong Learning: Towards a New Paradigm. Palgrave MacMillan
French edition: Pour des usagers de la psychiatrie aceteurs de leur propre vie. Paris Les Editions Eres.
Ramon, S. Zavirsek, D. (ed) (2012) Social Work in the Context of Armed Conflict. Special issue of International Social Work. International Social Work, September.
Baum, N. Ramon, S. (2010) Professional Growth in Turbulent Times. Journal of Social Work, 13, 163-182.
Ramon, S. Urek, M., Ryan, P. (2010) Attempting to mainstream ethnicity in a multi-country EU mental health and social inclusion project: lessons for social work. European Journal of Social Work, vol. 13, 2, 163-182.
Ramon, S., Griffths, C. Nieminen, I., Pederson, M.L., Dawson, I. (2010) Towards Social Inclusion in Lifelong Learning in Mental Health: The Emilia Project. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 53, 2 on line
Ramon, S. Ethical Issues in Mental Health Social Work. (2010) In: Barker, P. (ed) Ethical Issues in Mental Health. London: Routledge.
Ramon, S. (2011) Organisational Change in the Context of Recovery Oriented Services. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice: Issue for Workforce Development, 6, 1, 37-45. Awarded best paper of the year.
Tew, J., Ramon, S., Slade, M., Bird, V., Melton, J., Le Boutillier, C. (2012) Social Factors and Recovery from Mental Health Difficulties: A Review of the Evidence. British Journal of Social Work, 42, 443-460.
Fox, J., Ramon, S. (2010-2011) Recovery: Bringing Service Users In. In: Carson, J. (ed) Special Issue on Recovery, Social Work and Social Sciences Review, 14(3) 10-22.
Shears, J. Ramon, S. (2012) Peer Support Workers: A Critical Analysis of an Innovation in Mental Health. Dialogue in Praxis, 1, 1-2, 71-87.
This article appears also in Slovenian:
Shears, J.. Ramon, S. (2012) Vrstniske Podporne Delavke in Delavci Socialno Delo Letnik 51, 103-114.
Ramon, S. Magljlic, R. A. (2012) Social Work, Political Conflict and Displacement. In:
Lyons, K. et al (ed) The International Handbook of Social Work. London: Sage.
Kaminskiy, E., Ramon, S., Morant, N. (2013) Exploring shared decision making for psychiatric medication management. In: Walker, S. (ed) Modern Mental Health Practice - Critical Voices. London: Critical Publishing, 39-55.
Castillo, H., Ramon, S. Morant, N. (2013) A Recovery Journey for People with Personality Disorder. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 59, 3, 264-277.
Duffy, J., Ramon, S., Guru, S., Cemlyn, S., Lindsay, J., Shwartz-Nutman, O. (2013)
Opportunities and Challenges in Developing a Social Work Curriculum on Political Conflict. European Journal of Social Work
Shera, W., Ramon, S. (2013) Challenges in the Implementation of Recovery-Oriented
Mental Health Policies and Services: A Comparison of Developments in England and Canada. International Journal of Mental Health, 42, 2-3, 17-42.
Ramon, S. Hantman, S., Gutman, C. Anghel, R. (2014) Involving service users as a methodology of transforming social work education and practice. In: Matthies, A.L., (ed) Participation and Marginalisation in Social Work Education. Aldershort, Ashgate Publishing, 255-276.
Public and Patients involvement in health and social care. Keynote paper given to the study day on involvement in social work, School of Social Work, Tel Aviv University, Israel, 29 December 2014.
Shared decision making and the strength approach: relevance to mental health social work. International Mental Health Social Work Conference, Cochin, India, 11 December 2014.
Outcomes of introducing shared decision making in the management of psychiatric medication. Invited paper, Department of Psychiatry, Didero University, Paris, 2 December 2014.
The process of shared decision making in psychiatric medication management. Invited paper, Royal College of Mental Health Pharmacists, 8 November 2014.
Media Representation of social work: The Rotherham affair. ERIS conference, 13 October 2014.
Introducing shared decision making in mental health. Invited presentation, North West AMHP network, 11 July 2014.
Outcomes and process of Shared Decision Making in Psychiatric Medication Management, leading a plenary session. Refocus International Conference, 2-3 June 2014, London.
Shared decision making in psychiatric medication management: key findings. Conference, Anglia Ruskin University, 19 March, 2014
Empowering through Shared Decision Making. Paper given at Enter, Warsaw, 26 August 2013.
Living and working within an armed conflict context. Paper given at the conference on Humanitarian Aid and Social Work, University of Durham, 22-23 August, 2013.
Shared decision making in psychiatric medication management Plenary session opening and paper on ShIMME at the ILMHA (International Law and Mental Health Academy) Conference, Amsterdam, July 19 2013.
Shared decision making in psychiatric medication management. Seminar given at PRCH, (programme recovery community health centre) Yale University, 28 June 2013.
The challenges of implementing recovery practice: the UK case. Paper presented at the 7 International Conference on Health and Mental Health Social Work, 26 June 2013
Turning the CPA to a Recovery Tool. Paper presented at the 7 International Conference on Health and Mental Health Social Work, 24 June 2013, University of California, Los Angeles
Refugees, IDPs and Resettlement. Seminar given at the Alice Salomon School of Social Work, Berlin, May 24 2013.
Media Representation of Social Work: symposium lead and paper presenter on Media Representation of Social Work in the UK. ECSWR (European Conference of Social Work Research), Bolzano, 14 April 2013. With colleagues from Germany and Italy.
Evaluation of the EU Daphne Project Empowering Women and Providers: Domestic Violence and Mental Health. Final Conference, University of Turin, 14 January 2013.