2015 Research-based Learning Awards

Jonathan Bryce, MRes Graduate, November 2015

The MRes in Health Research team were delighted when informed that two of our students were selected for the award of the John Gardner prize for their dissertations. Professor John Gardner, Deputy Principal for Education and Students, initiated this Research Based Learning prize, to be awarded within each School. The postgraduate award was for the highest quality dissertations so congratulations are in order to Jonathan Bryce, supervised by Dr Niamh Fitzgerald in the Institute for Social Marketing and Caylin Joski-Jethi, supervised by Nadine Dougall in the NMAHP Research Unit.

For his dissertation, Jonathan Bryce developed a research proposal to evaluate the effectiveness of alcohol brief interventions (short conversations designed to motivate behaviour change) in an informal youth setting.  The study involved complex ethical and practical considerations to establish robust processes for recruitment, randomisation and outcome measurement.  He also prepared a paper reviewing ethical issues around informed consent for young people participating in non-clinical research.  Jonathan has blogged about his research; read his blog here.

Caylin Joski-Jethi, MRes Graduate, November 2015

In a secondary analysis of routine data, Caylin Joski-Jethi explored factors associated with self-harming behaviour in looked-after children.

Caylin found that a fifth of all looked-after children reported to have self-harmed, with the prevalence of those in residential establishments double that of those in other placements. Risk factors most associated with self-harming in order of influence were alcohol misuse, experiencing trauma, being excluded from school and having a psychiatric diagnosis.

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