Staff profile

Diana Conroy

Lecturer in Social and Community Studies

Diana Conroy


Health, Social, and Community Work


College of Health and Social Care


Social and Community Studies


I am a Lecturer on the BA (hons) Health and Social Care in the Department of Social and Community Studies.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach modules on working with people, critical issues in adults, counselling and public health and health promotion.

I encourage students to think about their relationship with themselves and others, how society is constructed, anti-discriminatory practice and safeguarding vulnerable people.

Professional interests

I am interested in how to encourage students develop personally as well as achieve academically, seeing learning as a journey rather than focusing only on the end result.

I am a practitioner in Solution Focused Brief Therapy and how strength based/future focused approaches can benefit clients. 

Research interests

I have previously researched interprofessional communication in child protection, and a review of different types of meditation in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in humanitarians and veterans.

I am currently working with colleagues on an study to explore vicarious/secondary trauma in student placements.

Membership of professional bodies

I am a member of the Health and Care Professions Council.  


Experience in industry

I initially worked in child protection, undertaking care proceedings on behalf of the Local Authority. I then moved to work in a community-based mental health team in an area of Kent characterised by deprivation and drug misuse. I qualified as an Approved Mental Health Professional, practising until 2016 as both AMHP and Senior Social Worker, before leaving the UK in 2016 to travel and work abroad.

International experience

I recently spent a year in Kabul as Staff Counsellor for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, supporting national and international staff and running hostage survival training with the UN security team.

Additional interests and activities

I love hiking (especially living in Derby and being so close to the Peak District), yoga and baking.