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Paul Heron
Research Fellow



Paul Heron is a Research Fellow at the University of York. Paul studied psychology and research methods at Coventry and Northumbria Universities before coordinating research in Kent & Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust. Paul worked closely with service users to involve them in mental health research and took great interest in challenging the inequalities experienced by those with severe mental ill health problems (SMI), such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Paul joined the Mental Health & Addictions Research Group at the University of York in 2017 where he has worked primarily in the areas of SMI, student wellbeing, mental health of asylum seekers and refugees, and systematic reviews exploring loneliness.

Paul currently manages a large-scale research project to understand and improve the wellbeing of students. Paul works on the Closing the Gap: Health and Wellbeing (CtG:HWB Cohort) that aims to understand the health of people with SMI and improve access to research for healthcare professionals, service users, and the public. Other research interests include the digital divide and how graphic material can be used to enhance dissemination and engagement in research.


  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, Coventry University 
  • MRes Psychology, Northumbria University



Paul’s interests primarily include student wellbeing and severe mental ill health, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.


  • Closing the Gap Network
  • Closing the Gap: Health and Wellbeing Cohort
  • OWLS
  • PAQ
  • Student Wellbeing Research

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Paul Heron

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Paul Heron
Research Fellow

Tel: 01904 32(1746)


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