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Dr Ingrid Bacon is a Chartered Psychologist and Mental Health Occupational Therapist. She is the Director of Research and Senior Lecturer in Mental Health at Kingston and St George's University of London.
Ingrid holds a PhD from Brunel University London, a MSc in Psychology from Kingston University, MSc in Health Studies from Exeter University, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is a Visiting Lecturer at University of São Paulo - USP, Brazil.
She is an experienced educator, researcher and mental health therapist, with more than 20 years of clinical experience in mental health. She has worked in a variety of mental health settings in the UK, West Africa and Brazil. Her specialisms include Motivational Interviewing, Systemic Family Therapy, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Schema Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Ingrid worked as a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at London South Bank University, School of Health and Social Care. Prior to this, she worked at Brunel University as a Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, within the Department of Clinical Sciences, Division of Occupational Therapy and Community Nursing. She has experience in coordinating course programmes, module leadership, PhD and MSc supervision.
Ingrid publishes in national and international journals, presents at national and international conferences, and has been successful in obtaining grants. She is a reviewer for the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, Mental Health Review Journal, Nursing Standards, Journal of Occupational Science and Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. she is a member of the HSCE Applied Health and Social Care Research Center, Health Education Research and Evaluation (HERE) and the Mental Health Research Groups
Director of Research, Senior Lecturer Mental Health
Senior lecturer teaching interdisciplinary academic modules on BSc and MSc programmes within the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education since 2016. Ingrid works with undergraduate and post graduate students in a range of capacities as an educator, personal tutor, research supervisor, seminar leader, and module leader. She facilitates student-centred learning, by tailoring teaching to students' needs, skill sets and culture. She uses constructive pedagogy by encouraging creative learning, critical thinking and reflexivity. Ingrid works in close collaboration with students, service users and clinical practitioners. She contributed to inclusive curriculum design planning and development at Brunel University London, London Southbank University and currently at Kingston University School of Nursing Pre-reg programme and Nursing Associate programmes.
Ingrid obtained a PhD Studentship at Brunel University in 2011 and completed the PhD research in 2015. The thesis is entitled: An exploration of the experience of codependency through interpretive phenomenological analysis. The PhD research study made a recognised and original contribution to a field of codependency, with research outputs published, presented at national and international conferences and radio interviews.Her research contributed to the Research Excellence Framework REF 22
Systematic Review investigating Nursing Academics Research Productivity. NARP Project (Nursing Academics Research Productivity Systematic Review) from 2019- current.
-CAHSCR First Grant Award year 2021/22 – 5K
Principal Investigator - Research team: Heaton-shrestha C. Chang C.
Project title: An investigation of Maladaptive Schemas correlated with Co-dependency. A pilot study.
-HEFCE Global Research Fund grant year 2017/18 – 100 K
Co- Investigator, working with Professor Mary Chambers (PI)
Research Leadership – School Director of Research
School Director of Research – School of Nursing. Provides leadership and strategic direction for the development of Research in the School. Promote regular research seminars contributing to the research environment, networks and events for KU School of Nursing.
Member of Faculty Research Committee - HSSCE FRBIC
Member of the Faculty Post Graduate Research Committee - HSSCE - FRDC
Research Group Leadership and collaborations
Mental health Research Group, researcher at the Center for Applied Health and Social Care Research (CAHSCR). Member of Health Education Research and Evaluation (HERE) and Mental Health Research Groups.
Visiting Lecturer- University of Sao Paulo, USP – Brazil.
Journal Editorial Review
- International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
- Nursing Standard
- Occupational Science Journal
- Scandinavian Journal of Psychology
-Mental Health Review Journal
PhD and MSc supervision
PhD completion - PhD supervisor for Gabriela Rezende, University of Sao Paulo (USP- Brazil) Published and presented at conferences. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Gabriela_Rezende11
First PhD supervisor for Yousif Mahid
First PhD supervisor for Praveen Jain
Second PhD supervision for Shreya Arora
Second PhD supervision for Hannah Jones
Supervised more than 10 MSc students.
Invited to review (Fact Checking) a New York times Article on Co-dependency. Article published cited my paper published at the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. Bacon et al (2020) Opinion | Codependency Is a Toxic Myth in Addiction Recovery - The New York Times (nytimes.com)
Radio interview with the Whyy Radio Station in the USA - January 2020: Please see interview: https://whyy.org/segments/a-codependents-guide-to-codependency/
All Parliamentary group
Invited to join the All-parliamentary group – Alcohol and Substance misuse group, 2017
Advance HE Aurora role Model
Completed the Advanced HE AURORA Programme and participates in the programme as an Aurora Role Model.
Heaton-Shrestha, Celayne, Ooms, Ann, Brady, Mary, Pedley, Gillian, Bacon, Ingrid, Strong, Susan and Dundas, Jane (2023) Interventions to enhance the research productivity of academic staff in higher education Schools of Nursing : a systematic review. Nurse Education in Practice, p. 103741. ISSN (print) 1471-5953 (Epub Ahead of Print)
Rezende, Gabriela, Gomes-Ferraz, Cristiane Aparecida, Bacon, Ingrid Giovanna Ferreira Imbroinisi and De Carlo, Marysia Mara Rodrigues do Prado (2022) The importance of a continuum of rehabilitation from diagnosis of advanced cancer to palliative care. Disability and Rehabilitation, ISSN (print) 0963-8288 (Epub Ahead of Print)
Bacon, Ingrid and Conway, Jeff (2022) Co-dependency and enmeshment - a fusion of concepts. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, ISSN (print) 1557-1874 (Epub Ahead of Print)
Bacon, Ingrid, McKay, Elizabeth, Reynolds, Frances and McIntyre, Anne (2020) The lived experience of codependency : an interpretative phenomenological analysis. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 18(3), pp. 754-771. ISSN (print) 1557-1874
Bacon, Ingrid, McKay, Elizabeth, Reynolds, Frances and McIntyre, Anne (2020) An examination of the lived experience of attending twelve-step groups for co-dependency. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, ISSN (print) 1557-1874 (Epub Ahead of Print)
Bacon, I., McKay, E.A., Reynolds, F.R. and McIntyre, A. (2017) 'The Lady of Shalott' : Insights gained from using visual methods and interviews exploring the lived experience of codependency. Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin, 23, ISSN (online) 2396-9598
Rezende, Gabriela, Gomes-Ferraz, Cristiane Aparecida, Bacon, Ingrid Giovanna Ferreira Imbroinisi and De Carlo, Marysia Mara Rodrigues do Prado (2022) Palliative rehabilitation, an urgent need in the field of public health. In: 7th Public Health Palliative Care International Conference : Democratizing caring, dying and grieving: participation, action, understanding and evaluation (PHPCI2022); 20 - 23 Sep 2022, Bruges, Belgium. (Unpublished)
Rezende, Gabriela, Gomes-Ferraz, Cristiane Aparecida, Bacon, Ingrid Giovanna Ferreira Imbroinisi and De Carlo, Marysia Mara Rodrigues do Prado (2022) Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on palliative care : a qualitative and multicentre study. In: 7th Public Health Palliative Care International Conference : Democratizing caring, dying and grieving: participation, action, understanding and evaluation (PHPCI2022); 20 - 23 Sep 2022, Bruges, Belgium.
Bacon, Ingrid (2018) An exploration of the lived experience of codependency through Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis : implications for occupational therapy. In: WFOT Congress 2018 : Connected in Diversity : Positioned for Impact; 21-25 May 2018, Cape Town, South Africa. (Unpublished)
Bacon, I. (2016) ‘Like a seesaw, I feel out of control!’ An exploration of the lived experience of codependency through IPA. In: College of Occupational Therapists 40th Annual Conference & Exhibition; 28-30 Jun 2016, Harrogate, U.K..
Bacon, Ingrid, Mckay, Elizabeth, Reynolds, Frances and McIntyre, Anne (2016) Seesawing through extremes in life : 'Like a seesaw, I feel out of control'. An exploration of the lived experience of codependency through IPA. In: COTEC-ENOTHE 2016 : 1st COTEC-ENOTHE Joint Congress; 15-19 Jun 2016, Galway, Ireland. (Unpublished)
Bacon, Ingrid (2013) The individual experience of codependency. An interpretative phenomenological analysis. In: British Psychological Society Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section Conference 2013 : Making a Difference, Making ourselves Known; 04-06 Sep 2013, Huddersfield, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Bacon, Ingrid G. F. I. (2015) An exploration of the experience of codependency through interpretative phenomenological analysis. (PhD thesis), Brunel University, .