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Alison is a Senior Research Assistant in the Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families Research at Northumbria University. Her research focusses on the life experiences of military families with specific interests in well-being, family separation and identity. 

Recently, Alison completed a PhD exploring the psycho-social impact of intermittent separation on geographically dispersed military families. This was a mixed methods project utilising a systematic narrative review, geospatial analysis, and semi-structured interviews with dispersed military family members.

Additionally, Alison has undertaken international research in Denmark looking at the mental well-being of Danish Military Children. Working closely with the Danish military charity SSOP, a 4-year project is now underway to explore the impact of SSOP’s interventions on the well-being of military children.

The primary project Alison is currently engaged in is the Map of Need. Funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, Alison leads on the military families research, veterans’ mental health pathways report and Veterans’ Gateway user experience research. 

Since joining the Northern Hub in 2016, Alison has been involved in a number of projects, including research on veterans’ reluctance to access help for alcohol problems, the health and social well-being of older veterans with limb-loss and military families’ experience of casualty notification.

Before working in the Northern Hub, Alison completed a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and MRes in Psychology at Northumbria University.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, Intermittent Separation: Exploring the psychological and social impact on Dispersed Military Families


Award Date: 8 Jul 2021

Psychology, MRes, A Risk to an Eating Disorder Facilitates Differential Alpha, Beta and Theta Power During a Working Memory Task


Psychology, BSc (Hons), The Effect of Predisposing Risk Factors of an Eating Disorder on Response Inhibition and Working Memory: An Event-Related Potentials Study



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