Dawn joined the Health Foundation as a Governor in March 2021.
She is Professor of Mental Health & Inclusivity at The University of Manchester. She is also the university’s Academic Lead for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (sEDI) with a remit for matters of ‘race’, religion and belief.
Tackling health inequalities by collaborating with marginalised communities to co-produce solutions that improve their health, wellbeing, and access to evidence-based, holistic care is at the heart of Dawn’s work. With a clinical background as a Chartered Physiotherapist and research training in Medical Sociology, Dawn is an established leader in the field of inter-disciplinary research, focusing particularly on intersections between ethnicity, gender, and mental health.
Her research aims to:
- reduce inequalities in mental health experienced by under-served communities, particularly people of African and Caribbean origin
- strengthen research, policy and practice links between health, social care, local government and the communities we serve.
Currently, Dawn leads a research team that is co-creating and evaluating Culturally-adapted Family Intervention (CaFI) with Sub-Saharan African and Caribbean descended people in the UK who have been diagnosed with psychosis and their families.
A former Non-Executive Director of NHS Mental Health Trusts and Trustee of a number of voluntary sector groups, Dawn’s personal values underpin her commitment to public service; using her knowledge, expertise and lived experience to eradicate inequalities in health and education.