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Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research

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:

  • new, interdisciplinary research on addictions and on interventions that can prevent related problems for individuals, families and communities
  • research on the impact of TSA services
  • research synthesis through literature reviews, practice reviews and knowledge exchange activities
  • dissemination of new and synthesized research through publication, including on-line publication
  • policy analysis and policy briefing to inform the work of the Salvation Army
  • education through accredited university programmes
  • training for front line Salvation Army workers through cascaded training, short courses, workshops and stand-alone accredited modules

Read more about the University's partnership with the Salvation Army.

Key staff

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)

PhD students

Andriana Manta

Hazel Booth

Tracey Price

Wendy Masterton

Current Projects

Details of current projects can be found via the sections below.

  • Drugs Research Network Scotland

    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.

  • Knowledge Syntheses

    We are conducting  several knowledge syntheses relating to problem substance use and homelessness:

    • We have recently completed a meta-ethnography to examine what constitutes effective problem substance use treatment from the point of view of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We synthesised primary qualitative research to gain a deeper understanding of the components of effective treatment for problem alcohol and drug use from the perspective of the service user and developed a model/framework which conceptualises these components. Read more. Effective treatment briefing December 2018 (pdf).
    • We are conducting two related meta-ethnographies to examine what constitutes effective problem substance use treatment from the point of view of people who are: (a) experiencing homelessness and dual diagnosis (problems with substance use and mental health); and (b) young people experiencing homelessness. Again, these meta-ethnographies will synthesise primary qualitative research and a model/framework will be produced. Read more on the dual diagnosis meta-ethnography and young people meta-ethnography.
    • We are also conducting a realist review of effective problem substance use treatment from the perspective of those experiencing homelessness. The aim of this review is to synthesise qualitative and quantitative literature to gain an understanding of the components, mechanisms, contexts and outcomes of effective treatment. Read more.


  • Scottish Universities Insight Institute – funding

    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.

    Homelessness health and harm reduction briefing 

  • Supporting Harm Reduction Through Peer Support (SHARPS) study

    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.

Online Library

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 or telephone 01786 467750.

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