• 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow Caledonian University

    G4 0BA Glasgow

    United Kingdom

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I am a Lecturer in Psychology and a member of the Substance Use research group and Child and Adolescent Health research group at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). I teach across the BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology and DPsych programmes in Counselling Psychology, Health Psychology and Sport and Exercise Psychology. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a full member of the BPS Division of Health Psychology.

My research focuses on reducing alcohol-related harm in different groups and I am particularly interested in how gender and identity influence alcohol use and related behaviours. I have methodological expertise in qualitative research and systematic, scoping and rapid reviews. Some of the projects I have led include a scoping review on men’s alcohol consumption in the context of becoming a father (funded by The Institute of Alcohol Studies) and a rapid review of the effectiveness of labelling on alcohol products (funded by Alcohol Focus Scotland). Other recent research includes a scoping review on alcohol marketing to LGBTQ+ communities (funded by The Institute of Alcohol Studies; lead Dr David Whiteley), a consultancy to develop a brief for tackling acceptability, availability and affordability of alcohol using a gender-responsive perspective (funded by WHO; lead Prof Carol Emslie), qualitative studies exploring ways to improve alcohol services for LGBTQ+ people in Scotland (funded by SHAAP) and the impact of Minimum Unit Pricing among people experiencing homelessness (funded by the CSO). 

I have a PhD in Health Psychology (Completed in 2018, funded by ESRC), an MSc in Health Psychology and a BA (Hons) in Psychology.

Twitter: @ElenaDDimova

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
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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