Research into Recovery and Wellbeing

A website about the work of the recovery research team at the Institute of Mental Health

The University of Nottingham


The UNFOLD study aims to identify the processes involved in developing an identity as a ‘person in recovery’, and how recovery from mental ill health may ‘unfold’ over time. It is funded by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre.


To date almost all empirical studies of recovery have been retrospective and focussed on psychological change. In this longitudinal study we will collect psychological, narrative and digital data to identify social as well as psychological components of recovery.


Investigation of how recovery occurs prospectively has the potential to reduce or eliminate recall biases, produce more valid data and potentially lead to a better understanding of personal recovery.



  1. To develop a multi-modal approach to continuous, repeated measures
  2. To recruit a cohort of 50 people living with psychosis
  3. To collect data on changes in psychological variables, narrative and digital data over a number of months
  4. To analyse the longitudinal data to investigate changes within and between these data, in order to generate testable hypotheses leading to new innovations in the future.
  5. To characterise the processes involved in developing an identity as a ‘person in recovery’.


For further information about the UNFOLD Study please contact Emilia Deakin here at