Dr Catriona Connell

Research Fellow

Faculty of Social Sciences Stirling

Dr Catriona Connell

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About me

About me

I am a Research Fellow at the Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research at the University of Stirling.

My research integrates methods and theories from applied health and social sciences, with a focus on improving the health and social circumstances people involved in the criminal justice system. I use mixed methods to understand population needs and experiences, how the justice system and its actors contribute (positively and negatively) to health and social circumstances, and designing and evaluating interventions to make changes to optimise peoples experiences of day to day life.

I am a registered occupational therapist.

I am interested in supervising PhD students on topics related to health and social needs/outcomes/circumstances of people with experience of the criminal justice system.

Divisional / Faculty Contribution

Stirling Social Science Impact Accelerator Account Steering Group



Other Academic Activities

NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Funding Committee

Public Health Scotland Prison Data Surveillance Group
Public Health Scotland

Professional membership

Fellow, Higher Education Academy
Higher Education Academy

Member, Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Occupational Therapist

Supervision of Research Assistants

Line Manager

University Contribution

Faculty Champion (Social Sciences), Gender Based Violence Committee

Research Environment Group

Research (3)


Help-seeking for substance use and mental health challenges among justice-involved people in Scottish community contexts: An analysis of the influence of social networks
PI: Dr Catriona Connell
Funded by: Economic and Social Research Council

Understanding mental health and substance use service utilisation by people released from prison: A mixed-methods study
PI: Dr Catriona Connell
Funded by: Chief Scientist Office

Interventions to improve prosocial occupational participation for people released from prison: A systematic review
PI: Dr Catriona Connell
Funded by: Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Outputs (13)



Birken M, Wenborn J & Connell C (2022) Randomised controlled trials of occupational therapy interventions for adults with a mental health condition or dementia: A systematic review of study methods and outcome measurement. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 85 (10), pp. 761-778. https://doi.org/10.1177/03080226221086206


Connell C, Furtado V, McKay EA & Singh SP (2022) Developing an Intervention to Improve Occupational Participation for Justice-Involved People with a Personality Disorder: Defining and Describing Intervention Components. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 66 (6-7), pp. 774-788. https://doi.org/10.1177/0306624x211013520

Research Report

Matheson C, Carver H, Parkes T, Daneshvar H, Schofield J, Dumbrell J, Connell C, Price T & Hnizdilova K (2022) Digital Inclusion to Prevent Drug Related Deaths: Scoping user needs. Scottish Government. Edinburgh. https://view.officeapps.live.com/op/view.aspx?src=https%3A%2F%2Fdigitallifelines.scot%2Fmedia%2F1111%2Fdigital-lifelines-user-needs-slide-deck-drns-jan-2022.pptx&wdOrigin=BROWSELINK




Module Coordinator

MSc Dissertation Supervisor

Research centres/groups