Petra Gronholm


I was attracted to apply for the Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Studentship due to the project associated with it, which closely tied in with my research interests. Additionally, the studentship provided highly valuable contacts with the BRC network and the expertise and facilities it encompasses, excellent training opportunities, and a generous 3+1 structure which will facilitate a smooth transition to post-doctoral work.

My research interests include mental health-related stigma and discrimination in relation emerging mental health problems, young people’s perceptions of mental health, mental health literacy, caregiver and family-level influences on young people’s help-seeking/service use, exploratory research and mixed methods research approaches.

PPE activities I have been involved with include the National Institute for Health Research's (NIHR) “Demonstrating Science” initiative, contributing to King’s Health Partners Research Summer School for students interested in careers in health research, and acting as a mentor for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Psychology BSc (hons), University of Westminster
Mental Health Studies MSc, King’s College London

Researcher at:
London Child Health and Development Study (FANS, KCL)
Study of Children’s Access to Health Care and Support Services (HSPRD, KCL)

The early impact of stigma on pathways to care for young people putatively in an early at-risk stage of psychosis

This PhD project assessed the role of stigma on pathways to care (that is; processes associated with help-seeking and service use) amongst young people putatively in an early premorbid stage of increased risk of developing psychotic disorder. This project used a mixed methods research approach, and comprised one systematic review and three empirical studies.


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