An overview and status update of research projects currently being undertaken by the ReACH team at the University of Manchester:

Co-production of an e-learning resource (CaSPER)

  • This study involved developing, co-producing and testing an e-learning resource about schizophrenia together with families of African Caribean origin (including Mixed families). This study closed in August 2018.
  • The e-learning resource that was developed is not yet publicly available. This is because the resource will be further refined based on participant feedback. As the resource was developed with families of Caribbean origin only, we shall work with African families to ensure the resource meets the needs of African families, also.

Further information


Culturally-adapted Family Intervention (CaFI)

  • This study involved testing the feasibility and acceptability of developing a Family Intervention that specifically meets the needs of African Caribbeans diagnosed with schizophrenia and their families.

CaFI study is now closed.

Further information

Please contact Dr Dawn Edge for any queries relating to CaFI, CaSPER, or other research conducted by the ReACH team.


Postgraduate Research Studies

  • The following postgraduate research projects are being conducted alongside CaFI and CaSPER:

1. Exploring experiences and distress in African and Caribbean clinical and non-clinical voice-hearers: a mixed methods study

  • Hearing voices isn't always a sign of mental health difficulties. In fact, voice hearing can be a meaningful and helpful part of everyday life for some people. This study examined voice hearing in people of African and Caribbean origin to increase our understanding of their experiences.

2 Ethnic differences in social network characteristics of people with severe mental health problems

  • This study examined ethnic differences in the characteristics of social networks among people diagnosed with 'severe mental illness', such as 'schizophrenia' and psychosis. The main aim will be to explore whether there is anything distinctive about the social networks of Black people (African Caribbean, Black African, Mixed Black and Black ‘other’) when compared to their White British counterparts.

3 Social networks and engagement in African Caribbean & Black Africans who have experience of psychosis

  • This research was carried out to examine factors that influence working alliance and engagement of African Caribbean and Black African people with psychosis. We used interviews and questionnaires with service users and staff members to explore relationships between social networks, attachment, stigma, racial/ethnic discrimination, and beliefs about mental health problems.

4 Culturally-adapted Knowledge About Psychosis (CaKAP) questionnaire

  • This study looked at how much people know about psychosis, using a questionnaire that has recently been developed. Most questionnaires used in psychological therapy and research are created for White European cultures, this study tested a questionnaire specifically adapted to suit the needs of the African Caribbean community.

If you are interested in taking part in research, or would like more information about any of the above studies, please contact the research team.