Dr Iris Gault


I am registered in general and mental health nursing and worked in both settings following qualification. Prior to doing my PhD I also completed a BSc. and MSc. in social policy. I have extensive experience in community mental health care and in nursing education. I am Associate Professor of mental health nursing in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St George's University of London. I lead and line manage the mental health senior lecturer/lecturer practitioner team. I teach social policy, communication skills and issues around medication adherence. My research interests lie in service user involvement, shared decision making around medication issues in mental health and communication between service users and professionals. Current projects include studies into Black, Asian and minority ethnic group perspectives on medication and on attitudes and knowledge regarding physical health skill development of mental health nurses.

Academic responsibilities

Associate Professor


  • Registered General Nurse
  • Registered Mental Nurse
  • BSc. (Hons) Social Sciences
  • MSc. Sociology (social policy branch)
  • Postgraduate Diploma Health education
  • PhD

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


My PhD study was a grounded theory study, exploring the perspectives of service users (and their carers) around the experience of being detained under mental health law and having compulsory medication.

I am currently working on a project to develop an educational experience to enable health professionals to better understand Black, Asian and minority ethnic mental health service users and carers perspectives on medication adherence.


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Gault, Iris, Pelle, Julia and Chambers, Mary (2019) Co‐production for service improvement : developing a training programme for mental health professionals to enhance medication adherence in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Service Users. Health Expectations, 22(4), pp. 813-823. ISSN (print) 1369-6513

Gault, Iris, Gallagher, Ann and Chambers, Mary (2013) Perspectives on medicine adherence in service users and carers with experience of legally sanctioned detention and medication: a qualitative study. Patient Preference and Adherence, 7, pp. 787-799. ISSN (online) 1177-889X

Gault, Iris (2009) Service-user and carer perspectives on compliance and compulsory treatment in community mental health services. Health and Social Care in the Community, 17(5), pp. 504-513. ISSN (print) 0966-0410


Gault, Iris, Shapcott, Jean, Luthi, Armin, Reid, Graeme and Francois, Judith [Contributor] (2017) Communication in nursing and healthcare : a guide for compassionate practice. London, U.K. : Sage. 177p. ISBN 9781412962315

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