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Alison is a Senior Research Assistant in Psychology based in the Psychology & Communication Technology (PaCT) Lab.  Currently she is working in the well citizen challenge area within the Centre for Digital Citizens focussing on the role of digital technologies in women’s health communications.  Alison’s research interests include identity, well-being, EDI, digital health, Armed Forces, mixed methodologies.

Prior to joining PaCT Lab, Alison worked in the Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families Research at Northumbria University.  Here she was involved in a number of projects, including research on veterans’ reluctance to access help for alcohol problems; the health and social well-being of older veterans with limb-loss; the health and social care needs of the Armed Forces Community, military families’ experience of casualty notification, developing a peer support model for military bereaved families and the psychosocial well-being of Danish military children.

Most notably, Alison was the lead author on the ‘Lost and Found: The LGBT+ Veteran Community and the Impacts of the Gay Ban’ report.  Working with Fighting With Pride, this was the first UK research project exploring the experiences and impact of the ban for LGBT+ veterans.

Alison completed a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, MRes in Psychology and her PhD at Northumbria University.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, Intermittent Separation: Exploring the psychological and social impact on Dispersed Military Families

20172020

Award Date: 8 Jul 2021

Psychology, MRes, A Risk to an Eating Disorder Facilitates Differential Alpha, Beta and Theta Power During a Working Memory Task

20152016

Psychology, BSc (Hons), The Effect of Predisposing Risk Factors of an Eating Disorder on Response Inhibition and Working Memory: An Event-Related Potentials Study

20122015

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