Mr Lucian Milasan

Job: VC2020 Lecturer (Mental Health and Learning Disabilities)

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Nursing and Midwifery

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8867




Personal profile

I am a mental health professional with experience in various roles such as project management, mental health promotion, working with older people (dementia) and mental health advisor in HE, both in the UK and abroad. I joined the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at De Montfort University as a VC2020 Lecturer in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, which is a role that combines research and teaching/learning activities.

I am currently studying for my PhD in Mental Health at Lancaster University. Following my MSc in Mental Health Practice, my research project makes use of visual methodologies (photography) to explore the experience and meaning of recovery from mental distress as perceived by mental health service users. This qualitative and phenomenological study is conducted in collaboration with a mental health charity in Romania.

Research interests/expertise

  • Mental health (with a focus on recovery)
  • Student mental health
  • Mental health in the workplace
  • Mental health and LGBTQ people
  • Visual research methods
  • Participatory Action Research

Areas of teaching

Mental Health and Learning Disabilities


  • 2016-present: PhD student (Mental Health), Lancaster University
  • 2013: MSc Mental Health Practice, Leeds Beckett University
  • 2010: Registered Social Worker (HCPC)
  • 2008: BA (Hons) Social Work
  • 2002: BA (Hons) Economics

Honours and awards

2018: Prize for Academic Achievement, Lancaster University

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Recovery Research Network (RRN)
  • Student Mental Health Research Network (SMaRteN)


Along with my PhD thesis exploring the experience and meaning of recovery from mental distress from the service users’ perspective, I am currently working on a systematic review (narrative synthesis) on the use of photography-based methods in recovery research and practice.

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