The Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research was established in February 2017 to take forward the Salvation Army (TSA) Drug and Alcohol Strategy (SDAS) through collaborative working between TSA and the Faculty of Social Sciences in the University of Stirling.
Within the Centre, the University of Stirling will deliver the following:
Dr Tessa Parkes (Centre Director)
Dr Joanna Miler (Knowledge Exchange Fellow)
Tania Browne (Research Assistant)
Dr Rebecca Foster (SHARPS Research Fellow)
Dr Maria Fotopoulou (Lecturer in Criminology)
Dr Hannah Carver (Lecturer in Substance Use)
Professor Catriona Matheson (Professor in Substance Use)
Laura Mitchell (Operations and Development Manager)
Details of current projects can be found via the sections below.
The Drugs Research Network Scotland (DRNS), which is hosted by the Centre, is an interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral and multi-institutional collaboration that aims to develop a Scottish drugs research strategy that will build capacity, maximise research investment and deliver robust and high quality research evidence to inform policy and practice relevant to problem drug use and recovery in Scotland. Read more.
We are conducting several knowledge syntheses relating to problem substance use and homelessness:
Between November 2017 and May 2018, we hosted three inter-connected knowledge exchange events which brought together a diverse group of interested participants to identify the key issues in relation to homelessness and problem substance use in Scotland. During these events explored innovative local, national and international approaches and facilitated dialogue regarding needs, opportunities and the current appetite for change in this area. We have gained follow-up funding to host an event for policymakers in early 2019. Read more.
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funding has been awarded for a two year feasibility and acceptability study to develop and test the use of a peer-to-peer (using Peer ‘Navigators’) relational intervention. The study aims to develop, implement and evaluate key features of a peer-delivered, relational intervention drawing on psychologically informed environments. The intervention, delivered by ‘Peer Navigators’, will focus on providing trusting and supportive relationships, engaging with, and then actively supporting, people who are homeless to address a range of health and social issues on their own terms. Read more.
The University of Stirling has been home to Scottish Addiction Studies (SAS) for 32 years, providing high quality teaching and research in the addictions. Originally intended for our own online students, the SAS Library was made generally available in 2001 and is currently undergoing an overhaul so that it can continue to provide an invaluable resource in all aspects of substance use and recovery, to students, practitioners, policy-makers and the academic community. SACASR staff are updating the Scottish Addiction Studies Online Library which is now running an improved webhost/updated management system and contains over 1000 thematically organised searchable documents. You can access the library here.
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If you are interested in finding out more about the Centre and/or would like to contact the team then you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01786 467750.