A PIEs research compendium

A PIEs research compendium

NB: Some of the recently published research on PIEs is not yet available outside of specialist research-sharing websites, such as Researchgate, or Academia.edu.

We are attempting to obtain permission from authors and publishers to include them here, for 'lay' users of research as well as for the researcher community.



Because of the length of time publication requires, much of the research so far published in journals has tended either to use PIEs 1, the earlier model of a PIE. Very few, if any, studies whose substantive work was done before 2020 can have used PIEs 2.

In some cases the papers refer only to 'PIE training' as the nature of the intervention. In some cases there is no clear distinction made between introducing 'psychology' and 'being psychologically informed' and the full PIE framework - even when using PIEs 1.


'Escaping the stranglehold of journal publication'

In an (excellent) critique of the demise of UK universities by Adrian Pabst, published in the New Statesman (but currently only publicly available behind a subscriber paywall) Dr Pabst comments on the need for a culture shift in universities to include the lay users of research as well as academics, but suggests that this may take a generation.

In a letter of reply (not published but available here), Robin Johnson has argued that in a field such as work with complex needs, we are doing that already. This item in the Library links to a samizdat copy of Pabst's original article.



Further background reading/listening/viewing

Escaping from the stranglehold of journal publication : HERE
NB : most Papers on PIEs only available via Researchgate and/or Academia  (HERE) 
Papers on PIEs
NB: papers listed in date order

Making community pharmacies psychologically informed environments (PIE) : a feasibility study to improve engagement with people using drug services in Scotland (2023) : HEREPIE in PICU and NICU. Developing Psychologically Informed Environments (2022) : HERE

The Salvation Army Youth and Family Services: A Psychologically Informed Environment (2022) : HERE

Humble PIE : this is just the beginning (2022) : HERE
Supporting young people on their journey out of homelessness: How a psychologically-informed environment can support sustainable outcomes (2022) : HERE
A study on the feasibility of delivering a psychologically informed, ward-based intervention on an acute mental health ward (2021) :  HERE
The Art of Mentalizing: A Mentalization-Based Art Initiative with Homeless People within a Psychologically Informed Environment (2021) : HERE
‘Grounding a PIE in the sky’: Laying empirical foundations for a Psychologically-informed environment to enhance wellbeing and practice in a homeless organisation (2021) : HERE
Working towards a psychologically informed environment in an older adult acute context (2020) : HERE
Creating a psychologically informed environment throughout an acute service (2018) :  HERE 
Psychologically Informed Environments (on PIEs in Intellectual Disability and Autism services) (2018) : HERE
Developing best practice in psychologically informed_environments (2017) : HERE
Psychologically informed environments for homeless people: Resident and staff experiences (2017) : HERE
"Living here has changed me": Resident and staff perceptions of Psychologically Informed Environments for homeless people (2016) : HERE
Prevent rough sleeping; create a psychologically informed environment (2015) : HERE
Implementing a psychologically informed environment in a service for homeless young people (2014) : HERE
Organisational development, appreciative inquiry and the development of Psychologically Informed Environments (PIEs). Part I: A positive psychology approach (2014) : HERE
Organisational development, appreciative inquiry and the development of Psychologically Informed Environments (PIEs): Part two: The pilot study and evaluation (2014) : HERE
Editorial to the special issue on 'Psychologically Informed Environments' of the Housing Care and Support journal, Vol 15.2. (2012) : HERE
  • Meeting the needs of detached young runaways through psychologically informed environments (2012) : HERE
  • The concept of a psychologically informed environment (2012) : HERE
  • The need for all services to be psychologically informed (2012) : HERE
  • Psychologically informed services: A counsellor's response (2012) : HERE
  • Psychologically informed services: A response from an advocacy perspective (2012) : HERE
  • Psychologically informed services: A response from the housing, care and support sector (2012) : NEXT
Homelessness is more than houselessness: A psychologically-minded approach to inclusion and rough sleeping (2011) : HERE
Social psychiatry and social policy for the 21st century - New concepts for new needs: The 'psychologically-informed environment'(2010) : HERE