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Dr Denise Meyer

Denise is a BPS chartered psychologist and BACP senior accredited counsellor and has worked in university support services and as a thought leader and consultant in the sector since 1995.
University of Portsmouth
Job Title
Head of Wellbeing (Counselling and Mental Health)

She is currently Head of Wellbeing at the University of Portsmouth and an assessor for the University Mental Health Charter. She has been a Student Minds champion and collaborator since its inception, including co-authoring its Positive Minds course, serving on its Clinical Advisory Group, and helping to shape the University Mental Health Charter Award Scheme as a pilot assessor. Denise has a longstanding interest in innovation in student support, particularly through co-construction with students and integration with learning.

Her doctoral collaborative action research with students resulted in the award-winning Students Against Depression website, which has supported millions of users nationally and internationally. She has published book chapters and spoken at numerous sector conferences on a range of student mental health topics, and has a particular interest in student transitions and the integration of compassion-focused psychoeducation into the curriculum, with a focus on community-building and belonging.