Stephanie joined the team in August 2020 and her main role is supporting the qualitative evaluation of health interventions which are delivered within the Better Start area. Stephanie works within the Better Start Bradford Innovation Hub and the University of York and she is currently managing the project evaluations of two early years interventions (Breastfeeding Support and MESCH).

Stephanie has a background in qualitative research methods, gambling studies and psychology of music. In 2015 she was awarded her PhD from The University of Sheffield with her thesis ‘Exploring the presence, experience and influence of background music in gambling situations’. During her PhD she received a Worldwide Universities Network Research Mobility Programme award and visited the Gambling Treatment Clinic at The University of Sydney where she collaborated with Professor Alex Blaszczynski and Dr Sally Gainsbury.

Stephanie previously worked at the NIHR Policy Research Institute in Health and Social Care Workforce, King’s College London, where she led projects investigating the impact of gambling behaviour for vulnerable groups and examined the barriers and facilitators for individuals to enter the health and social care workforce. She is currently working on a NIHR-funded project to develop a question for local authorities to use to ask residents about gambling-related harm.

Stephanie has also worked as a Gambling Support Service Trainer for Calderdale Citizens Advice where she delivered training about gambling-related harm to frontline staff across Yorkshire, The Humber and North Lincolnshire. Stephanie has also worked as an Involvement Research Officer for a Leeds based charity. In this role she designed and facilitated involvement opportunities with vulnerable populations, patients, elderly people, carers, the general public and those experiencing health inequalities so as to gather their views concerning health and social care services.

Stephanie’s research interests are broad and include investigating the impact of interventions on the health and wellbeing of individuals, the design and promotion of gambling products and responsible gambling initiatives, gambling amongst vulnerable populations, the impacts of gambling and the barriers and facilitators to accessing gambling support services. Stephanie also supervises Masters students. Stephanie has also taught music psychology, research methods and study skills at higher education institutions. Stephanie is currently a member of the Royal Northern College of Music Research Ethics Committee.

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