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GeneralJan 29, 2021

Physio Brendon Stubbs describes how his career in mental health research blossomed

A prominent physiotherapist in the mental health field has written about his career path in a bid to encourage others to follow his lead into the research arena.

A case study featuring Brendon Stubbs, a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) clinical lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (part of King’s College London) appears on a part of the NIHR's website titled ‘mental health incubator’.


Brendon Stubbs' base at the famed Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience

He is the sole physiotherapist to appear in a section in which 29 people from a range of professions outline their research trajectories.

Mum's the word

Dr Stubbs admits he rather stumbled into the mental and research fields shortly after graduating. ‘After lounging around for the summer post-graduation, my Mum (who was the head of pharmacy at a local psychiatric hospital) encouraged me to go and talk to the head of physiotherapy – and I did that to mainly get my Mum off my back!’

This led to him obtaining his first job in the profession – as a physio in the local neuro-behavioural brain injury unit – an experience that proved to be pivotal.

‘This was a highly unusual move for a p...

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