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Tehseen Noorani

Hourly Paid Lecturer

, School of Psychology

I work within the Clinical & Community Psychology course. For 2021-2022 I am teaching PY6016 'Clinical & Community Praxis' (terms 1 and 2) and PY5011 'Clinical & Community Psychology' (term 2).

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My interests lie in the phenomenological, epistemic and sociopolitical character of extreme experiences, and how these are made sense of across different 'consciousness cultures'. Currently, I am writing a monograph tracing the renewed scientific and therapeutic interest in psychedelic experiences in the global North, exploring implications for theories of psychopathology and approaches to mental health care. Weaving together scientific, medical, spiritual and aesthetic registers, this research is situated in the context of medicalisation and the ongoing 'war on drugs'.

I have trained and taught in a range of disciplines including psychology, sociology, socio-legal studies, epidemiology, science & technology studies and anthropology, and have collaborated with academics from a range of disciplines, mental health service users and survivors, Mad Pride organisations and healthcare professionals. These experiences continue to inform my interest in the epistemological, methodological and ethical challenges that arise in attempts to conduct meaningful interdisciplinary and participatory research.


Edited Volumes

(1) Brigstocke, J. & Noorani, T. (eds) (2016) Listening with Non-Human Others, Brighton: ARN Press.

(2) Noorani, T., Blencowe, C. & Brigstocke, J. (eds) (2013) Problems of Participation: Reflections on Authority, Democracy and the Struggle for Common Life, Brighton: ARN Press (downloaded over 15,000 times).

Journal Articles

(1) Noorani, T. (2021) 'Containment Matters: Set and setting in emerging psychedelic psychiatry', Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology. DOI: 10.1353/ppp.2021.0032.
With published commentaries:
Brian D. Earp & David B. Yaden, 'Culture, Context and Community in Contemporary Psychedelic Research'.
Benjamin R. Lewis, 'Some Aspects of Containment Matter'.
And invited response:
Noorani, T. 'Methodology or Muse? A response to the commentaries'. DOI: 10.1353/ppp.2021.0035.

(2) Laver, C., …Noorani, T. et al. (2021) "You don’t take things too seriously or un-seriously": Beyond recovery to liminal and liminoid possibility in a community arts and mental health project. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, DOI: 10.1002/casp.2583.

(3) Noorani, T. & Martell, J. (2021) 'New Frontiers or a Busting Bubble? Psychedelic therapy beyond the dichotomy', Frontiers in Psychiatry.

(4) Leptourgos, P., …Noorani, T. et al. (2020) 'Hallucinations Under Psychedelics and in the Schizophrenia Spectrum : An interdisciplinary and multiscale comparison', Schizophrenia Bulletin, DOI: 10.1093/schbul/sbaa117.

(5) Noorani, T. & Alderson-Day, B. (2020) 'Spotlight Commentary: REBUS and the anarchic brain', Neuroscience of Consciousness, DOI: 10.1093/nc/niaa007.

(6) Mazanderani, F., Noorani, T., Dudhwala, F. & Kamwendo, T. (2020) 'Knowledge, Evidence, Expertise? The Epistemics of Experience in Contemporary Healthcare', Evidence & Policy, DOI: 101.1332/174426420X15808912561112.

(7) Noorani, T. (2020) 'Making Psychedelics into Medicines: The Paradoxes and Politics of Medicalization', Journal of Psychedelic Studies, DOI: 10.1556/2054.2019.018.

(8) Noorani, T. (2019) 'Sciencing the Mystical: Trickery and Apophasis in the Trip Report', New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing (special issue with foreword by M. Taussig), DOI: 10.1080/14790726.2019.1566375.

(9) Noorani, T., Karlsson, M. & Borkman, T.J. (2019) 'Deep Experiential Knowledge: Reflections from Mutual Aid Groups for Evidence-Based Medicine', Evidence & Policy, DOI: 10.1332/174426419X15468575283765.

(10) Noorani, T., Garcia-Romeu, A., T.C. Swift, Griffiths, R. & Johnson, M.W. (2018) 'Psychedelic Therapy for Smoking Cessation: Qualitative analysis of participant accounts', Journal of Psychopharmacology, DOI: 10.1177/0269881118780612.

(11) Blencowe, C., Brigstocke, J. & Noorani, T. (2018) 'Engines of Alternative Objectivity: Re-articulating the Nature and Value of Participatory Mental Health Organisations with the Hearing Voices Movement and Stepping Out Theatre Company', Health, DOI: 10.1177/1363459315590246.

(12) Noorani, T., McDermont, M., Charlesworth, A. & Kite, A. (2016) 'Participatory Research and the Medicalization of Research Ethics Processes', Social & Legal Studies, DOI: 10.1177/0964663916677561.

(13) Brigstocke, J. & Noorani, T. (2016) 'Attuning to More-Than-Human Voices: Aesthetics, Authority and the Arts of Creative Listening', Introduction to special set on 'Attunement', GeoHumanities, vol. 2(1), pp. 1-7.

(14) Blencowe, C., Brigstocke, J. & Noorani, T. (2015) 'Theorizing Participatory Practice and Alienation in Health Research: A Materialist Approach', Social Theory & Health, vol. 13, pp.397-417.

(15) Noorani, T. (2013) 'Service User Involvement, Authority and the Expert-by-Experience in Mental Health', The Journal of Political Power, vol. 6(1), pp.49-68.

(16) Meer, N. & Noorani, T. (2008) 'A Sociological Comparison of Anti-Semitism and Anti-Muslim Sentiment in Britain', Sociological Review, vol. 56 (2), pp. 195-219. 

Book Chapters

(1) Noorani, T. (forthcoming) 'Conspiration in the Archive: Sense-making Through the Research Interview Methodology', in A. Woods, B. Alderson-Day & C. Fernyhough (eds), Voices in Psychosis: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Oxford University Press.

(2) McDermont, M., Morgan, B. & Noorani, T. (2021) 'Infrastructures collaboratives pour une justice sociale', in M. Borgetto & G. Gadbin-George (eds), Le tiers secteur au Royaume-Uni et en France : déclin ou perfectionnement de l'État-providence? Paris : Editions Panthéon-Assas.

(3) Noorani, T. (2017) 'The Psychonaut's Journey: Race, Closure and Hope', in P. Bresnihan, L. Dawney & C. Blencowe (eds), Problems of Hope, Brighton: ARN Press.

(4) Noorani, T. (2016) 'Psychedelic Nonwriting', Listening with Non-Human Others, Brighton: ARN Press, pp.156-157.

(5) Noorani, T. & Liebert, R. (2016) 'Launching More-Than-Human Investigations', Listening with Non-Human Others, Brighton: ARN Press, pp. 88-89.

(6) Noorani, T. (2013) 'Participating with Objects', in T. Noorani, C. Blencowe & J. Brigstocke (eds), Problems of Participation, Brighton: ARN Press.

Methods Guides

(1) Noorani, T. & Brigstocke, J. (2018) 'Participation with More-Than-Human Others', in K. Facer (ed.), Connected Communities Foundation Series.

(2) Noorani, T. (2016) 'Conducting Qualitative Research with Psychedelic Psychopharmacologists: Challenges of Co-Production in an Era of Interdisciplinarity', SAGE Research Methods Cases, DOI: 10.4135/9781526404862.

Book Reviews

(1) Noorani, T. (2020) 'Collaborative and Indigenous Mental Health Therapy: Tātaihono - Stories of Māori Healing and Psychiatry', The Polyphony, available at https://thepolyphony.org/2020/02/05/collaborative-and-indigenous-mental-health-therapy-tataihono-stories-of-maori-healing-and-psychiatry-book-review/

(2) Noorani, T. (2016) 'An Anthropologist in Psychedelia: Interview with Nicolas Langlitz', The OPEN Foundation, available at www.stichtingopen.nl/interview-nicolas-langlitz-an-anthropologist-in-psychedelia.

Project Reports

(1) Liebert, R.J., …Noorani, T. et al. (2018) "'The beauty of being an 'outsider'": An Action Research Evaluation of the Creativity, Resilience, Enablement and Wellbeing (CREW) Programme Facilitated by Outsider Gallery London', commissioned by the University of East London.

(2) Blencowe, C., Brigstocke, J. & Noorani, T. (2013) 'Authority, Knowledge & Performance in Participatory Practice', Connected Communities Discussion Paper, commissioned by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, available at www.authorityresearch.net/participatory-practice.html.

(3) Brigstocke, J. & Noorani, T. (2012) 'Participation: A Literature Survey', available at www.authorityresearch.net/participatorypractice. 

(4) Blencowe, C., Noorani, T. et al. (2011) 'Immanent Authority and the Making of Community', Connected Communities Discussion Paper, commissioned by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, available at www.authorityresearch.net/immanent-authority--community.html.

Academic non-peer-reviewed and magazine articles

(1) Noorani, T. (2021) 'Digital Psychedelia: Hidden Experience and the Challenge of Paranoia', Somatosphere, September 15. http://somatosphere.net/2021/digital-psychedelia.html/.

(2) Steinhardt, J. & Noorani, T. (2020) 'Introduction: The Psychedelic Revival', Hot Spots, Fieldsights, Cultural Anthropology, July 21. https://culanth.org/fieldsights/introduction-the-psychedelic-revival.

(3) Noorani, T. (2020) 'The Pollan Effect: Psychedelic Science between World and Word', Hot Spots, Fieldsights, Cultural Anthropology, July 21. https://culanth.org/fieldsights/the-pollan-effect-psychedelic-research-between-world-and-word.

(4) Noorani, T. (2020) 'Interview with Dimitri Mugianis', Hot Spots, Fieldsights, July 21. https://culanth.org/fieldsights/interview-with-dimitri-mugianis.

(5) Noorani, T. (2019) 'Theorising Deep Experiential Knowledge', The Polyphony, available at https://thepolyphony.org/2019/02/04/theorising-deep-experiential-knowledge/.

(6) Davis, S., Liebert, R. & Noorani, T. (2018) 'Decolonising Dis-ease: Feeling our way through intergenerational melancholia, shame and fragility', Consented, issue 8, available at www.consented.co.uk/.

(7) Noorani, T. (2018) 'The Changing Shape of Self-help/Mutual Aid', The Community Psychologist, vol. 51(2), available at www.scra27.org/publications/tcp/self-help-interest-group/.

(8) Noorani, T. (2016) 'Psychedelic Experiences, Hope and Troubles of Inclusivity', Psymposia Magazine, available at www.psymposia.com/magazine/psychedelic-inclusivity-hopes-and-challenges.

(9) Noorani, T. (2016) 'Patterning a World of Mushrooms: Challenges of Co-Production', Psymposia Magazine, available at www.psymposia.com/magazine/patterning-a-world-of-mushrooms.


BSc (Hons) Clinical and Community Psychology

Clinical and Community Psychology is all about learning from, and initiating positive change with, vulnerable and marginalised people and groups.

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  • PY6016 'Clinical & Community Praxis' (terms 1 and 2)
  • PY5011 'Clinical & Community Psychology' (term 2).