Dr Nadia Mantovani is a Senior Research Fellow in the Sociology of Health and Illness within the Population Health Research Institute.
Her research career started as a policy researcher in the late 1990s where she studied drug misuse in the UK, and harm reduction policies in Europe. In 2002 she worked as a research assistant in a study examining the experience of post care amongst looked after young people from Black minority groups, which spawned her interest in marginalisation.
During 2005-2010 Dr Mantovani became concerned with early reproduction amongst marginalised groups and how they cope with an identity problem when they interact with social and health professionals. She has published in theoretical and sociological journals on this in relation to resilience, intersectionality, and decision-making to early motherhood.
Recently, her interest has moved towards inequalities in physical and mental health; particularly those based on socioeconomic status, gender, race/ethnicity, and stigmatised statuses such as mental illness. She has recently conducted a study aimed at understanding the consequences of social stigma for people with mental illnesses from Black minority groups associated with faith based organisations. Her work seeks to locate the creation and perpetuation of inequalities in the interplay between social structural, cultural and social psychological processes.
Nadia is also developing a portfolio of research examining domestic violence and proposes a peer-mentoring intervention to improve the responses of the local Community Mental Health Services to domestic violence.
Methodologically, Dr Mantovani is interested in interpretative research and particularly in narrative analysis as a condition for self-interpretation and moral sense making.
Dr Nadia Mantovani joined St George's as a research fellow in September 2007 to support and conduct research within four programmes – Social and Community Mental Health, Early Pregnancies among Marginalised Young Women, the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Vulnerable Groups, and the Co-production of Community Mental Health Services adopting Community Capacity Building approaches.
Prior to this, Dr Mantovani studied Social Policy & Administration at the London School of Economics (LSE), and Social Research Methods at Surrey University. She was awarded a doctoral fund by the Thomas Holloway Student Fund obtained in open competition (£30,000), and in 2010 gained her PhD in Sociology of Health and Illness at Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL).
In 2002 Nadia was appointed as a research assistant at the RHUL in the department of Sociology, and prior to that she was at the Royal Free University College Medical School, Department of Epidemiology & Public Health where she worked as a co-ordinator and tutor for the Community Oriented Medicine Vertical Spine course for first and second year medical students.
In her current role Dr Mantovani collaborates with the Social Work Directorate at the South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust, to design a novel intervention to improve service provision to people with history of domestic violence.
Dowling S., Mantovani N., Hollins S. 'I've had a wake-up call and his name is my son' Developing aspiration and making positive choices - does government policy acknowledge young parents' perspectives? Families, Relationships and Societies. (Forthcoming 2017).
Mantovani N., Pizzolati M., Dawn E. Exploring the relationship between stigma and help-seeking for mental illness in African-descended faith communities in the UK. Health Expectations 2016 (doi: 10.1111/hex.12464).
Mantovani N., Ruth A. Improving responses to domestic violence in secondary mental health services in Wandsworth, South West London. Research Report. December 2016.
Evans C., Mantovani N.*. A qualitative study examining the complex relationship between drug misuse, stigma and ethnicity in Bangladeshi communities living in East London. Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy. (Accepted October 2016). *corresponding author.
Mantovani N., Pizzolati M., Gillard S. Engaging Communities to Improve Mental Health in African and African Caribbean Groups: A qualitative study evaluating the role of community well-being champions. Health and Social Care in the Community. 2017 (doi:10.11111/hsc.12288).
Mantovani N., Dowling S., Hollins S. Moral Tales of the Teenage Parent: Narratives of Change, Personal Transformation and Growth. INTMAS Review: Journal for the study of marriage & spirituality. 2016 (doi: 10.2143/INT.21.2.3134527).
Mantovani N, Thomas H. Choosing Motherhood: The complexities of pregnancy decision-making among young black women 'looked after' by the State. Midwifery (2013) (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2013.10.015i ).
Mantovani N, Thomas H. Stigma, Intersectionality and Motherhood: exploring the relations of stigma in the accounts of black teenage mothers ‘looked after' by the State. Social Theory and Health (2013) (doi:10.1057/sth.2013.19).
Mantovani N, Thomas H. Resilience and Survival: Black teenage mothers ‘looked after' by the State tell their stories about their experience of care. Children & Society (2013) (DOI:10.1111/chso.12028).
Dr Micol Pizzolati and Steven Joseph: The role of Community and Well-Being Champions to raise awareness about mental health in African and African Caribbean communities.
Dr Ruth Allen ( South West London & St Georges' MH NHS Trust, Director of Social Work).
Dr Steve Gillard (Population Health Research Institute).
Dr Gill Mezey (Population Health Research Institute and South West London & St Georges' MH NHS Trust).
Professor Baroness Sheila Hollins (Honorary Professor).
Professor Nigel Eastman (Honorary Professor).
Professor Hilary Thomas (School of Health and Social Work, Department of Adult Nursing and Primary Care Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care, Hertfordshire University).
Professor Antonia Bifulco (Centre for Abuse and Trauma Centre –CATS, Middlesex University).
Dr Micol Pizzolati (Dipartimento di Economia, Gestione, Società e Istituzioni, Università del Molise, Campobasso - Italy).
Dr Dawn Edge (Centre for New Treatments & Understanding in Mental Health (CeNTrUM), Institute of Brain, Behaviour & Mental Health, The University of Manchester, Manchester -UK).
Dr Carol Rivas (Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton).
Dr Eleni Hatzidimitriadou (School of Public Health, Midwifery and Social Work, Canterbury and Christchurch University).
Dr Frank Keating (Department of Social Work, Royal Holloway University of London).
Malik Gul (Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network).
Research grants current within the past five years (as principal applicant)
£33,729 from NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group. Developing the components of a peer mentoring intervention to support individuals accessing secondary mental health service who have had past experience of domestic violence. (Co-applicant: Dr Ruth Allen, South West London and St Georges' MH NHS Trust).
£23,500 over fourteen months from South West London Mental Health Trust. A pilot evaluation of an early intervention adopting community health champions to raise awareness about mental health among African and African Caribbean.(Co-applicant: Dr Steve Gillard, St George's University of London).
Research grants current within the past five years (as co-applicant)
£692,249.000 over thirty months from NIHR HTA programme grant. Developing and piloting a peer mentoring intervention to reduce teenage pregnancy in looked after children and care leavers. (Collaborative application with Dr Gill Mezey, Dr Steve Gillard, Dr Sarah White, St George's, University of London; Professor Ann Phoenix, Institute of Education; Professor Chris Bonell and Professor Kay Welling at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Professor Rona Campbell, Bristol University; Professor Ravinder Barn, Royal Holloway University of London; and Jordan Peter independent Economist).
£1,000 over six months from South West London Academic Network Inter-professional Institute. A pilot study evaluating of a community-based mental health project: the role of community cultural competence in co-production processes. (Collaborative application with Dr Eleni Hatzidimitriadou Joint Faculty of Kingston University London and St George's University of London).
2011 – 2012 £20,000 over one year from SW London Academic, Health and Social Care System.
Understanding the impact on mental health service teams of the introduction of Navigator roles: a mixed methods pilot study. (Collaborative application with Dr Steve Gillard, Dr Jared Smith, Dr Sarah White, St George's University of London, and Dr Ruth Allen South West London Mental Health Trust).
Dr Mantovani has contributed to undergraduate teaching and assessment in Applied Research in Mental Health (Critical Appraisal in Mental Health and Qualitative Methods) and MBBS4 Year 1 Qualitative Methodology I and II. She has taught Clinical Base Learning (CBL) for three years and supervised Intercalated BSc Theses.
Dr Mantovani has contributed to postgraduate (MRes) teaching in Critical Appraisal in Mental Health and Qualitative Methods.
She has supervised internal Masters' Theses in Forensic Mental Health and in Applied Research in Mental Health (MRes).