Rev. Anthea Colledge

PhD Student

Summary: Intersecting identities: theological and biomedical narratives of biographical disruption and recovery among those with lived experience of Christianity and mood disorders.

My doctoral research is in the field of practical or contextual theology, and is an empirical qualitative project investigating the experiences of those who have lived experience of both Christianity and what biomedicine calls ‘mood disorders’; specifically, the ways in which the experience of what our culture calls a mood disorder both informs and is informed by Christian experience, faith, or theology. 

I joined PRHS as a part-time doctoral candidate in 2015, with the support of a WRoCAH AHRC Competition studentship. My working life has been spent within the mental health learning disability fields, and more recently as a parish priest and University chaplain. My previous academic qualifications are: MPhil Health Literacy (Imperial, 2008), MSc Medical Ethics (Imperial, 2006), BA Theology and Ministry (Durham, 2010) and BA Human Sciences (Oxford, 2000).