As a lecturer for Health and Social Care with a research background, Louise has responsibility for the research modules across years one, two and three. She also takes an active role in organising the undergraduate research conference, which includes liaisons with local employers and schools. She is also the course leader for the BA (Hons) Health and Social Care course.
Formerly a PhD researcher in Criminology at NTU, Louise's PhD thesis- “A Problem Shared is a Problem Halved?: Evaluating the Impact of the Prison Listener Scheme's Contribution to the Reduction of Self-harm Behaviour” explores the prison listener scheme's contribution to the reduction in self-harm within the female prison estate. The research used a range of questionnaires, interviews and a focus group, in order to obtain a sample of the prison population. Louise's research used data collection methods which are of a qualitative nature and therefore used the thematic analysis of grounded theory to identify emerging themes from within the data.
Louise has a multi-disciplinary background as she completed her MSc in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. Louise’s research project for her MSc – “The Nottingham Prison Listener Scheme: Providing a voice to those who listen” explored the listener scheme within a male prison environment.
Louise started her academic journey as a student at The University of Sheffield, where she obtained her BA (Hons) Degree in Criminology and Social Policy.
Louise’s research interests include prison peer support with particular attention paid to the prison listener scheme and the self-harm behaviour of prisoners.