Dr Emma Kaminskiy

Associate Professor and Deputy Head of School

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Psychology and Sport Science

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Societies and Groups

Research Supervision:Yes

Emma is a critical health psychologist interested in qualitative methods and participatory approaches.



Emma joined Anglia Ruskin University as a Lecturer in Psychology in 2014 and is a Chartered Psychologist and member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and Honorary Secretary of the BPS East of England Branch. Emma is also affiliated with Sustainable Public Health and Social Care Research Centre (SPHRC) based at Anglia Ruskin University.

Emma’s research interests centre on how people utilise choice in psychiatric encounters and considerations of power and stigma in this context. Related interests include wellbeing, positive psychology, therapeutic relationships and critical health psychology.

Research interests

  • Mental health services, and evaluating co production, service user involvement, and shared decision making in mental health settings
  • Critical perspectives and community health psychology, in particular considerations of power and psychiatry
  • Wellbeing among students, and embedding emotions for learning in the curriculum
  • Qualitative methods and participatory approaches in psychology

Areas of research supervision

  • Psychological formulation practices and cultures of practices in mental health inpatient settings
  • Examinations of attitudes and stigma for mental health
  • Social determinants of health


Emma currently leads the Level 4 module Introduction to Clinical and Health Psychology and the Level 6 module Critical Issues in Health Psychology and contributes to the teaching of qualitative methods at Level 5.


PhD, Anglia Ruskin University, 2014

MSc Organisational Psychology, City University, 2010

BSc (Hons) Psychology, City University, 2000

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society
  • Honorary Secretary, East of England Branch, British Psychological Society
  • Registered Test User (Occupational Ability), British Psychological Society
  • Registered Test User (Occupational Personality), British Psychological Society

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Kaminskiy, E., Rose, J., & Rae, S. (2019). ‘Improving mental health service provision through user involvement: A Scoping Review’. SPHRC, Anglia Ruskin University Pump priming fund: £2000

Kaminskiy, E. (2017-2020). A PhD studentship - study of the Use of Personal Narratives for Reducing Coercion. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust Strategic fund:– A PhD Studentship: £42,171

Kaminskiy, E.(2014). An Evaluation of South Essex Partnership Trust’s Recovery College. Health & Wellbeing Academy, Anglia Ruskin University: £8,800

Selected recent publications

Kaminskiy, E., Finlay, M., 2018. It does take two to tango: An applied conversation analysis of recorded meetings between psychiatrists and service users discussing medication. Health Communication.

Lombardo, C., Van Bortel, T., Wagner, A. P., Kaminskiy, E., Wilson, C., Krishnamoorthy, T., ... Ray, M. K., 2018. PROGRESS: the PROMISE governance framework to decrease coercion in mental healthcare. BMJ Open Qual, 7(3), e000332.

Perestelo-Perez, L., Rivero-Santana, A., Alvarez-Perez, Y., Zisman-Ilani, Y., Kaminskiy, E., Serrano-Aguilara, P., 2017. Measurement issues of shared decision making in mental health: Challenges and Opportunities. Mental Health Review Journal.

Morant, N., Kaminskiy, E., Ramon, S., 2015. Shared decision making for psychiatric medication management: beyond the micro‐social. Health Expectations.

Kaminskiy, E., 2015. The Elephant in the Room: A Theoretical Examination of Power for Shared Decision Making in Psychiatric Medication Management. Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work Analysis, Research, Polity, and Practice, 4(2), pp. 19-38.

Kaminskiy, E., Ramon, S., Morant, N., 2013. Exploring Shared Decision Making for Psychiatric Medication Management. In Walker, S. (ed), 2013. Modern Mental Health Practice - Critical Voices (Ross on Wye: Critical Publishing, PCS Books), pp. 33-49.

Recent presentations and conferences

Kaminskiy, E., 2014. Exploring collaborative psychiatric medication management – Findings from a PhD study. Paper presented at the 5th Qualitative Research on Mental Health Conference, Chania, Crete.

Kaminskiy, E., 2014. A study of Shared Decision Making in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust. Paper and workshop presented at the Shared Involvement in Medication Management Education Conference, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

Finlay, M., Rohleder, P., Kaminskiy, E., Manning, R., McDermott, D., Zawiszka, M. and Luyt, R., 2014. Assaults on Identity. Public lecture for Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Cambridge.