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    Research Interests

    Kathryn Higgins is a reader within the school of Social Science Education and Social Work Queen’s University Belfast. Kathryn has an established research reputation in the areas of substance use and addictive behavior and programme evaluation/implementation science. She continues to lead the now 18-year longitudinal study, known as the Belfast Youth Development Study, which has it has acted as a focal point for collaborations with external partners and for new, policy led. In a field that changes rapidly Kathryn has stayed at the forefront of emerging issues; for example, she was recently funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to undertake research in the developing field of new psychoactive substances (legal highs).  She has developed a cadre of work over the past ten years on Programme evaluation & implementation Science, evaluating interventions designed to improve child and adolescent development. These include RCTs of school- and community-based interventions, for example ‘Ready to Learn’ and ‘Parenting UR Teens, ‘Brook Sexual Health service’. Her research programmes, publications and international conference contributions have examined the policy and evidence base for interventions including substance misuse, mental health, alcohol prevention and the mechanisms for implementing evidence based practice and policy more generally.

    Kathryn Higgins is a reader within the school of Social Science Education and Social Work Queen’s University Belfast. Kathryn has an established research reputation in the areas of substance use and addictive behavior and programme evaluation/implementation science. She continues to lead the now 18-year longitudinal study, known as the Belfast Youth Development Study, which has it has acted as a focal point for collaborations with external partners and for new, policy led. In a field that changes rapidly Kathryn has stayed at the forefront of emerging issues; for example, she was recently funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to undertake research in the developing field of new psychoactive substances (legal highs).  She has developed a cadre of work over the past ten years on Programme evaluation & implementation Science, evaluating interventions designed to improve child and adolescent development. These include RCTs of school- and community-based interventions, for example ‘Ready to Learn’ and ‘Parenting UR Teens, ‘Brook Sexual Health service’. Her research programmes, publications and international conference contributions have examined the policy and evidence base for interventions including substance misuse, mental health, alcohol prevention and the mechanisms for implementing evidence based practice and policy more generally.

    Willingness to take PhD students

    Yes

    PhD projects

    - Drugs and Alcohol misuse in young people
    - Drugs misuse in young offenders

    Frequent Journals

    • Child Care in Practice

      ISSNs: 1357-5279, 1476-489X

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1476-489X

      Routledge

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 0.53 SJR 0.304 SNIP 0.58

      Journal

    • Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy

      ISSNs: 0968-7637

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1465-3370

      Informa Healthcare

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 1.35 SJR 0.535 SNIP 0.624

      Journal

    • Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties

      ISSNs: 1363-2752

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1741-2692

      Routledge

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 0.71 SJR 0.441 SNIP 0.575

      Journal

    • International Journal of Drug Policy

      ISSNs: 0955-3959

      Elsevier

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 3.15 SJR 1.441 SNIP 1.35

      Journal

    • Journal of Adolescence

      ISSNs: 0140-1971

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1095-9254

      Academic Press Inc.

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 2.24 SJR 1.01 SNIP 1.055

      Journal

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