Dr Cathy Brennan

Dr Cathy Brennan

Profile

I am an Associate Professor in Psychological and Social Medicine. My primary research interests are in Public Mental Health, in particular focusing on self-harm and suicidal behaviour and the development and evaluation of complex interventions.

I am interested in the intersection between individual risk and the risk conferred as a consequence of environment or place (taking a broad conceptual view of this that includes wider cultural and environmental factors). I have an interest in visual methods, both as a way of exploring lived reality but also as a focus of exploration as to how we represent our world view through the use of images. I have experience in methods for evidence synthesis including systematic reviews and realist synthesis.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I lead an Integrated Core Unit on the MBChB which introduces second year medical students to the key principles of population health (Individuals and Populations year 2). I also teach research methods on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme. 

I was appointed to this current post in May 2018. Previously I was a Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Leeds and I have held research posts at the University of Oxford and the University of Bristol.

Responsibilities

  • MBChB ICU Co-lead: Individuals and Populations year 2

Research interests

Key Themes

Understanding self-harm and suicidal behaviours

Development and evaluation of complex interventions

Methodological Innovation: The use of visual and participatory methods in applied health research

Theory-driven evaluation and evidence synthesis

Current and recent research

The role of locality in understading suicide risk. Sadler Seminar Series 2019/2020. Chair

FReSH START: Function REplacement in repeated Self-Harm, Standardising Therapeutic Assessment and the Related Therapy. NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Health Research 2018-2024. Co-lead

Understanding the Impacts of Care Farms on Health and Well-being: A Pilot study to inform the design of a follow-on study to assess the cost-effectiveness of care farms in improving health and wellbeing and reducing re-offending. NIHR PHR, 2012-2015. Co-Investigator.

Motivations, mandates and accountability in demand management: A realist synthesis. NIHR HS&DR, 2012-2014. Co-Investigator

Bereavement services for young people in Leeds. A mixed method study of the access to and experience of bereavement services. Funded by NHS Leeds, March 2011–December 2012. Principal Investigator.

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising projects that: develop our understanding of self-harm and suicidal behaviour; I am also interested in projects in other topic areas that utilise visual methods.

Current Doctoral students

Claire Mills (PhD): The ACoUSTiC study – Exploring the potential benefits of Above CUff VocaliSation in TraCheostomy: communication, swallowing, decannulation and cost savings

Emily Higgins (DClinPsychol): What are the experiences of people who self-harm when they confide to non-professionals?

Georgina Burnett (DClinPsychol): Exploring perceptions and use of social media in people who self-harm

Emmaneul Leshak (PhD): Psycho-social impacts of community-based treatment of multidrug-resistant TB in Nigeria

Qualifications

  • PhD, School of Medicine – University of Leeds
  • MSc Social Research Methods and Statistics – City University
  • BA (Hons) Economic and Social Studies – University of Manchester
  • RGN/RSCN – Salford School of Nursing

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of Society for Social Medicine and Population Health

Research groups and institutes

  • Psychological and Social Medicine

Current postgraduate researchers

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