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Dr Susannah Deane

Dr Susannah Deane

University Teacher



After completing my BA(Hons) in Psychology at the University of North Wales, Bangor (1999), I worked in the healthcare and alternative healthcare sectors for several years, before returning to study to get my MA in Buddhist Studies from the University of Bristol (2008). Following this, I studied Tibetan language at Tibet University in Lhasa for one year, before embarking on my PhD at Cardiff University, completed in 2015. My PhD research (part-funded by the Wellcome Trust) explored lay perspectives on the causation and treatment of mental illness within a Tibetan exile community in Darjeeling, northeast India, and my teaching has so far mainly focused on Buddhism, lecturing at the University of Chichester, Canterbury Christ Church University, and now Glasgow University.

Research and Teaching Interests

My research is mainly focused on the relationship between medicine, health and religion in the Tibetan context, exploring religious notions on mental health, ill-health and treatment, and how these fit into the ‘global mental health’ picture and contemporary research on cross-cultural psychiatry across diverse communities.



  • College of Arts, School of Critical Studies