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Dr. Philip Kerrigan
Project Manager, ComBAT



Philip Kerrigan is Project Manager for ComBAT - Community-based Behavioural Activation Training (ComBAT) for Depression in Adolescents. In this role he manages several work packages within the Programme. He supports the delivery of the Programme through regular communication with partners and collaborators. He oversees financial matters and prepares progress reports. He leads on engagement with external stakeholders across the health, school and third sectors and is also responsible for the wider external promotion of the project through local, national and social/digital media and through generating a programme of public engagement activities. He is responsible for the design and co-delivery of co-production workshops and process evaluation activities with the project’s stakeholder groups.

Previously, Philip was Project Officer for the Centre for Future Health and the Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders at the University of York, where he had a dual role of managing the administration and multiple funding streams of the Centres, along with leading on the development of public engagement projects and initiatives. In 2017, he was lead editor on a collection of essays on the history of and current approaches to mental health across the globe with links to the WHO. Philip also co-led a university-wide Artist-in-Residence scheme and has been a leading figure on a project that developed and evaluated a set of lessons and resources to improve understanding of mental health, challenge stigmas and promote protective behaviours within secondary school PSHE (Person, Social, Health and Economic Education) classes. An illustrated guide to patient and public involvement in research he co-authored features as a resource at the NIHR’s ‘Learning for Involvement’ website..


  • PhD History of Art, University of York (2008)
  • MA History of Art, University of York (2004)
  • BA (Hons), History of Art, University of York (2003)




My PhD in History of Art from the University of York engaged with questions of empire, nationhood, class, religion and gender in the context of nineteenth century botanical art and science plus garden design and horticulture. My research interests have since broadened to include the socio-biology of human health and wellbeing, the history of medicine and health policy, and the relationship between the creative arts, the natural world and health and wellbeing.


  • ComBAT - Community-based Behavioural Activation Training (ComBAT) for Depression in Adolescents

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Dr Philip Kerrigan
Project Manager, ComBAT
Department of Health Sciences

Tel: 01904 328876