Dr Elizabeth Collier

Dr Elizabeth Collier

Lecturer in Mental Health


After completing a BSc degree in Mathematics and Psychology at Lancashire Polytechnic, Elizabeth went on to train as a Registered Mental Nurse (RMN) at Prestwich Hospital in Salford, UK and qualified in 1989. She has worked in a variety of mental health settings such as dementia and acute mental health care for both younger and older people. During this time she also achieved a Masters degree in Nursing from the University of Manchester, with a dissertation focused on the use of counselling skills with people diagnosed with dementia. She has also worked as a research nurse and a lecturer practitioner. She is currently employed as a Lecturer in Mental Health at the University of Salford where she also undertook her PhD studies with a thesis entitled: A biographical narrative study exploring mental ill health through the life course. She is a member of the service user and carer group in the school of Nursing Midwifery and Social Work at salford university, the International Dementia Design Network and the national Higher Education for Dementia Network (HEDN). Her main research and educational interests are: mental health and ill health in later life, recovery, evidence based practice, ageing and mental ill health and dementia.


Pre registration BSc Nursing

Pre-registration MA Nursing

Masters dissertation

MPhil and PhD

Research Interests

Mental health and ill health in later life, recovery, older people, ageing and mental illness, dementia.

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD ‘A biographical narrative study exploring mental ill health through the life course’

MSc Nursing

BSc Mathematics and Psychology


Registered Mental Nurse (RMN)


Most recent publications

Collier, E., McQuarrie, C. Mental Health policy and older adults. In Mental Health Policy. I Hualitt (ed). In press

Collier, E., Edwards, S., (2013) The Abandoned illness: where is the voice of the older adults? British Journal of Mental Health Nursing 2(1):15

Collier, E., Sorrell, J.  (2011) Schizophrenia and older people. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. 49 (11) , pp. 17-43

Collier, E., Yates-Bolton, N. (2011) Older people in mental health care. Chapter 20 p239-249. Mental Health Ethics. The human context. Routledge, Oxon.

Collier E. (2010). The confusion of recovery: one solution. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 19:16-21

Doherty, D. Collier, E. (2009) Caring for people with dementia in non specialist settings. Nursing Older people

Collier, E. (2008) Historical development of psychiatric classification.  British Journal of Nursing 17(13):818-822

Evans, T., Clare, A., Collier, E. (2008) Excluded from the social inclusion agenda: one persons story. Mental Health practice. 11(7):26-29.