CHT’s Research Steering Group brings together a group of senior therapeutic community researchers. The members include Dr Steve Pearce (Consultant psychiatrist and medical psychotherapist in Oxford in the Complex Needs Service, a specialist service for people with personality disorders and related conditions. He is the editor of the journal Therapeutic Communities), Jan Less (formerly Research Associate at a Frances Dixon Lodge in Leicester and at University of Nottingham), Dr Barbara Rawlins (Honorary Fellow in the Department of Sociology, Manchester University) and Dr Mark Freestone (Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Wolfson Institute for Preventive Medicine, Queen Mary University of London). Barbara and Mark have both made research studies for CHT in the past and published papers about CHT’s work.


The aim of the Research Steering Group group is to give strategic direction and support, and to develop CHT’s research programme, ensure high quality from routine data collection, focus future research, find ways to draw on INDTC research partners abroad, explore funding options including EU funding, identify publications that might accept research papers from CHT and conferences to target for presentations about our work, and other organisations we might link with to carry out research projects.