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Dr Melissa Girling

Research Fellow

Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Melissa Girling

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

As a social scientist, my research is committed to developing and applying innovative research methods that produces knowledge about how health and social problems are understood in vulnerable populations. My research interests are informed by social science theory and are both academically focused as well as grounded in ‘real’ service development and innovation. My research places emphasis on knowledge mobilisation that contributes to, and makes concrete changes in, policy and practice. 

Over the past 20 years, I have been involved in a number of research and evaluation projects in the UK and New Zealand that have provided timely and on-going responses to mental health, at-risk youth, substance use, and criminal justice issues through developing and implementing monitoring and outcome measures, assessing the health and social impact of these issues on individuals and groups, and providing appropriate recommendations for positive outcomes. 


PhD March 20 2019

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Developing oral health risk assessment as routine practice during early stages of clinical careers: A cross‐sectional study of dental students using the NoMAD questionnaire, Cook, C., Finch, T., Sharma, S., Girling, M., Rapley, T., Vernazza, C. 1 Feb 2020, In: European Journal of Dental Education
  • Codesigning health and other public services with vulnerable and disadvantaged populations: Insights from an international collaboration, Mulvale, G., Moll, S., Miatello, A., Robert, G., Larkin, M., Palmer, V., Powell, A., Gable, C., Girling, M. 1 Jun 2019, In: Health Expectations
  • Patterns of benzylpiperazine/trifluoromethylphenylpiperazine party pill use and adverse effects in a population sample in New Zealand, Wilkins, C., Sweetsur, P., Girling, M. Nov 2008, In: Drug and Alcohol Review
  • The prevalence of use, dependency and harms of legal 'party pills' containing benzylpiperazine (BZP) and trifluorophenylmethylpiperazine (TFMPP) in New Zealand, Wilkins, C., Girling, M., Sweetsur, P. Jun 2007, In: Journal of Substance Use

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