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Addictions Department Staff

Dr Tom Parkman

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

BSc, MSc, PhD



Tom is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Addictions department. His current research is working with Dr Jo Neale, Professor Ed Day and Colin Drummond on an Alcohol Research UK funded project that is aimed at exploring alcohol frequent attenders at accident and emergency departments in London. The first stage of the research is to complete in depth interviews with thirty identified alcohol frequent attenders at various A&E departments in and around London. Stage two of the research will involve six focus groups with staff and clinicians that come into regular contact with alcohol frequent attenders at hospitals across the country. The scheduled completion of this research is December 2015.

Tom completed his PhD in Health Sciences at the University of York in 2013. His thesis was a qualitative, ethnographic exploration of a service user group that aimed to provide aftercare for people recovering from alcohol and drug addiction in the city of Leeds. Upon the completion of his PhD, Tom undertook a service evaluation of a 12-step based, day treatment programme in the city of York. Using the qualitative skills and understanding he gained during his PhD, Tom conducted qualitative interviews with service users as they progressed through the programme, as well as conducting in depth interviews with staff and referring agencies to the service. In addition, a quantitative component exploring the social networks, drinking patterns and attitudes and beliefs were conducted with service users to explore how they changed during the course of the service.

Tom also has a MSc degree from the University of Leeds in Memory and Language disorders (2010), as well as an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (2008).


Parkman, T. J., Lloyd, C. (2015). Oaktrees: An evaluation of a 12-step, day treatment programme for substance dependency in York. York: University of York.

Parkman, T. J., Lloyd, C., & Spilsbury, K. (in press). Self-help groups for Alcohol addiction: A scoping review. Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery

Parkman, T. J., Lloyd, C. (2015). Mutual dependence and the ‘Goldilocks group’: Exploring service user dependency on mutual aid recovery groups. Drugs and Alcohol Today, 15, (1), 1-11.

Parkman, T. J. (2014). “My actual mind and body is in a better place, I just feel better since coming here”: Recovery and mental wellbeing - A phenomenology of service users attending a mutual aid programme. Advances in Dual Diagnosis, 7, (4), 1-11.

Parkman, T. J. (2013). Learning to Live Again: An exploration of an ex-service user led project for alcohol addiction recovery. (PhD), University of York, York.

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