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Health Sciences profile

Dr Bronwyn McGovern

PositionResearch Fellow
DepartmentDean's Department (Wellington)
QualificationsBA (Hons), PhD
Research summaryMental health


Bronwyn works in the Suicide and Mental Health Research Unit. Bronwyn is a qualitative researcher who is currently writing about “Informal Coercion in Community Mental Health in NZ” project. This project investigates the experience of people with psychotic disorders, opiate dependence and personality disorders to show how common experience of subtle or overt pressure from informal carers or clinicians is experienced by this group of consumers.

Bronwyn has a sociological background and is an experienced urban ethnographer. She is currently writing a book based on her case study research that examined the street life of Bernett Hana or “Blanket Man’ as the well-known Wellington homeless person was more commonly known.