Assessing explanatory models and health beliefs: an essential but overlooked competency for clinicians
- Sokratis Dinos,
- Micol Ascoli,
- John A. Owiti and
- Kamaldeep Bhui
- Sokratis Dinos is a chartered psychologist and Head of the Department of Psychology at BPP University. He worked for the Department of Health in shaping the UK government’s mental health strategy in the White Paper Healthy Lives, Healthy People. His research has focused on risk profiles and mental health outcomes, and on the psychology of self-concept, self-esteem and well-being for stigmatised groups. Micol Ascoli is a consultant psychiatrist working in Bedford as Associate Clinical Director for In-Patient Services, East London NHS Foundation Trust. John Owiti is a forensic mental health nurse, medical anthropologist, and psychosexual and relationship therapist, providing psychosexual therapy at Barking Community Hospital and for Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. An honorary Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London, he lectures at London Metropolitan University. Kamaldeep Bhui is Professor of Cultural Psychiatry and Epidemiology at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, and an honorary consultant psychiatrist in East London NHS Foundation Trust. His research is on health inequalities and cultural psychiatry, most recently investigating extremism and therapeutic communications in routine psychiatric practice.
- Correspondence Dr Sokratis Dinos, BPP University, School of Health, Department of Psychology, 137 Stamford Street, London SE1 9NN, UK. Email: