Dr Helen Gleeson is a research assistant at Middlesex University in the Department of Mental Health & Social Work. Her research interests include the experiences of young people in the criminal justice system and substance use and service responses within marginalised communities. Recent publications have focused on service provision for Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities in need of alcohol and substance use support in the UK, experiences of alcohol services for Polish migrants living in the UK and young people accessing substance use service through the criminal justice system. She is currently the lead researcher on a programme of pedagogic research within the department that is aiming to understand various aspects of the student journey through higher education.
PG Cert HE (2018) Middlesex University
PhD, Psychology (2013) NUI Galway, Ireland
HDip (Psych) (2009) NUI Galway, Ireland
BA(Hons) English and Psychological Studies (2008) NUI Galway, Ireland
Learning & Teaching Interests
Currently module lead on 'Approaches to Health and Social Care Research' through the Social Work programme. Other teaching interests include, research methods, SPSS, qualitative research methods and literature review
Research Outputs & Interests
Funded Research & Knowledge Exchange Projects
Gleeson, H. (PI). Review of prevalence and impact of cyberbullying linked to social media on the mental health of young people. HSE Office for Suicide Prevention (Ireland). Total awarded €5,000, 2013.
Gleeson, H. (PI). Systematic evidence review of community mental health promotion strategies. HSE Office for Suicide Prevention (Ireland). Total awarded €5,000, 2015
Hafford-letchfield, T., Gleeson, H. & Mohammad, R. (Co-applicant). The impact of supporting vulnerable adults living in the privately rented housing sector for social work practice. Departmental funding grant. 2016/17
Gleeson, H. & Pezzella, A. (joint PI). Social work students attitudes towards research methods. Departmental funding grant. 2017/2018
Pezzella, A. & Gleeson, H. (joint PI). Understanding social worker’s attitudes towards research. Departmental funding grant. Total awarded £2,082 2018/2019
Gleeson, H. (PI), Thom, B., Bayley, M. & McQuarrie, T. Rapid Evidence Review: Drinking problems and interventions in black and minority ethnic communities. Alcohol Change UK. Total Awarded: £19,677