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Wendy Masterton

Doctoral Researcher, Social and Natural Sciences, University of Stirling

I am a second year ESRC PhD Researcher based in the Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research (SACASR) at the University of Stirling. I am undertaking interdisciplinary research between Social and Natural Sciences and am using realist methods to look at how greenspace programmes might be used to improve mental health and to support people with problem substance use. I have recently published a realist review of greenspace programmes for mental health in clinical and non-clinical populations, and am now evaluating and refining the framework using primary data.

Alongside my PhD I work as a Research Assistant in SACASR. I am currently working on an evaluation of one service's adaptations and response to Covid-19, and a scoping study on the potential for managed alcohol programmes to prevent Covid-19 infection risk. My research interests include substance use, harm reduction, mental health, realist methods, and the health benefits of greenspace.

Experience

  • 2019–present
    Research assistant, University of Stirling

Education

  • 2014 
    University of Stirling, MSc Health Psychology

Publications

  • 2020
    Greenspace interventions for mental health in clinical and non-clinical populations: What works, for whom, and in what circumstances?, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1353829219310962