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Project Title: Self-harm in adolescence and the influence of gender and peer networks

Holly is a LISS-DTP PhD Student at the ESRC Centre for Society & Mental Health. Her PhD is focused on adolescent self-harm and the influence of gender and peer networks. Holly will be using data from The REACH Study - a cohort study exploring risk and resilience factors for mental ill-health within a large sample of over 4000 adolescents in south London. The risk factors of interest include gender, peer network position, peer selection and peer influence. The PhD will utilise a Social Network Analysis approach.

Prior to starting her PhD in October 2020, Holly was a Research Worker at King’s College London in Paediatric Epilepsy (2016-2020) on the Core Health Outcomes in Childhood Epilepsy (CHOICE) project. She developed the first ever Core Outcome Set (COS) for childhood epilepsy research in collaboration with young people with epilepsy, their parents and health professionals.

Holly completed her BSc in Psychology at the University of Roehampton (2016) and went on to complete an MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences at University College London (2017). Alongside the MSc Holly worked as an Honorary Assistant Psychologist in the NHS. Holly’s experience within the NHS and with Patient Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) work with young people (as part of CHOICE) has inspired her to focus on adolescent mental health.


Research interests: 

  • Self-harm and suicide research 
  • Adolescent mental health 

Expertise and Public Engagement: