Hello, I'm Gillian.
I've been working on addiction research since 2002. I'm interested in change in addictive behaviours- how it's measured, how it's conceptualised, and how this affects outcomes or influences decision making (especially for policy makers or those with lived experience).
I'm a proud harm reductionist, and am keen to involve patients, service users, or other experts by experience meaningfully in my work.
My current projects include:
  • Alcohol brief interventions, do they work, how do we know they work, and how can we improve the quality of alcohol brief intervention evaluation?
  • Health and wellbeing in the creative sector. We know how much the creative sector contribute to the health and wellbeing of society, but it is important that we look after the health and wellbeing of the creatives themselves. This includes mental health, substance use, coping, help seeking, and how we can improve things for the sector. Preliminary findings are available here
  • Preventing overdose in Ireland (and I have a funded PhD opportunity open now
  • Reducing harm for those with long term alcohol problems

A selection of ongoing projects

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