Suzanne joined the Mental Health and Addictions Research Group in 2016 as a research fellow. Prior to this she worked in the NHS for 30 years as a mental health nurse. Since joining the group Suzanne has been involved with the successful completion of the SCIMITAR trial; an RCT delivering a bespoke smoking cessation intervention to people with Serious Mental Illness. She has also assisted in the development and delivery of the CHEMIST pilot RCT, an enhanced behavioural support intervention delivered to people with long term health conditions by pharmacy staff.
Suzanne is currently working on the Closing the Gap Network, aimed at addressing the health inequalities of people suffering from serious mental health problems. The current project within this network is OWLS - Optimising Wellbeing during Self-isolation, a mixed methods study comprising of a survey and semi-structured qualitative interviews. The overarching aim of the OWLS study is to understand how the current measures put in place to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak impact on people with SMI by exploring their experiences of these measures. The aim is then to suggest strategies to mitigate the risk of negative effects and inform policy in the aftermath of COVID-19.
Suzanne is also involved in the development and delivery of the BASIL - Behavioural Activation in Social IsoLation - a pilot RCT which aims to help older people during pandemic restrictions to maintain or introduce activities which are important to them. Such activities may benefit physical and emotional wellbeing by helping people stay connected with the world and remain active.
Suzanne’s research interests lie in the apparent inequality of health provision for people who experience Serious Mental Ill Health and the importance of the involvement of people with lived experience in the development of new research projects.