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Claire Henderson, PhD Biography

Clinical Senior Lecturer at King's College London
Pro to the question "Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?"

“[S]ocial media are inexpensive and easy to use. They signify a trend towards more interaction whereby people create as well as consume content. It is possible to share stories, produce other content and influence the media environment…

A striking aspect of social media sites such as Twitter is that a spontaneous burst of protest can be initiated by one individual in a single post and widely shared… [S]haring experiences and having one’s voice heard on social channels can create a sense of empowerment – of feeling less alone with a personal struggle, and more confidence in showing a part of the self that might usually remain hidden.”

Cowritten with Victoria Betton, Rohan Borschmann, Mary Docherty, Stephen Coleman, and Mark Brown, “The Role of Social Media in Reducing Stigma and Discrimination,” British Journal of Psychiatry, June 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Clinical Senior Lecturer, Health Service and Population Research Department, King’s College London (UK), Mar. 1, 2009-present
  • Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (UK)
  • Principal Investigator, Time to Change Phase (UK)
  • Associate Director, Evaluation and Health Services Research, VISN3 MIRECC, Veterans Health Administration, Jan. 2006-July 2008
  • Former MRC Training Fellow in Health Services Research, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
  • PhD, school and date unknown
  • Member, Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych)
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Pro & Con Quotes: Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?