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Dr Elisa Liberati

Senior Research Associate

Elisa Liberati is a Senior Research Associate specialising in ethnography and mental healthcare.

Elisa’s background is in psychology and social science. She holds an MA in Work and Organisational Psychology and was awarded a PhD in April 2016 at the Università Cattolica di Milano, Italy (with the additional title of Doctor Europaeus). She is also a research associate at Sidney Sussex College. Funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Health Foundation, Elisa has been working as a postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Cambridge since August 2016.

Research Interests

Elisa is a qualitative researcher with specific expertise in ethnography. Her research examines the human, social, and organisational dimensions of quality and safety, particularly in acute care settings. She is particularly interested in understanding the mechanisms (e.g. inter-professional boundaries, social norms, values, and beliefs) that enable some quality improvement interventions to work better than others, and how to effectively scale successful interventions.

Elisa’s work currently focuses on mental healthcare. She leads on a study looking at how physical health is diagnosed in people with a mental health condition, conducted in partnership with the Mcpin Foundation. During the pandemic, she conducted research to understand how COVID-19 affected access to secondary mental health services. Between 2016 and 2019, Elisa led on the Health Foundation-funded SCALING study of maternity care, which sought to identify the features of safe maternity units across the UK.

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