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Professor Hunter's research takes place at the intersection between mental health and developmental psychology, and applies theoretical models of stress and coping within a social ecological framework to understand the psychological and social wellbeing of children and young people. At GCU, he leads the Child and Adolescent Heath research group, and is a member of the Substance Use research group too. He is an Associate Editor at both Stigma and Health and the International Journal of Bullying Prevention.
Current research interests include violence reduction, loneliness, and mental illness stigma and involve collaborations with Prof Steve Houghton, Prof Pam Qualter, Dr Nicola Cogan, Dr Pamela Jenkins, Dr Bryan McCann, the Mental Health Foundation, See Me, the Scottish Association for Mental Health, and the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit.
Current student collaborators are:
- 2021- Annamae Burrows (PhD funded by GCU). This PhD will focus on how young men ‘do friendship’ and cope with loneliness, with and without alcohol. [Lead Supervisor: Prof Carol Emslie]
- 2021- Lea Delfmann (PhD funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network as part of the HealthCascade project; based at Ghent University in Belgium). Lea will develop, implement, and evaluate a school-based intervention to promote healthy behaviour in adolescents using a co-creation approach. [Lead Supervisor: Dr Maïté Verloigne]
- 2021- Giovanna Cameron and Rachel McCartney are working collaboratively on DPsych projects focussing on the stigma of suicide.
- 2020- Rebecca Johnson and Rachel Taylor (PhDs co-funded by the Mental Health Foundation). The studies relate to children and young people's mental health, including mental illness stigma experiences of adolescents, how these can be assessed, and how they relate to peer-victimisation. [Lead Supervisor for Rachel: Dr Nicola Cogan, based at University of Strathclyde]
- 2020- Edith O’Dowd, Pollyanna Valente and Sara Mackey are working collaboratively on DPsych projects focussing on stigma relating to substance use.
- 2020- Robert Barrett is working on his DPsych project focussing on paternal mental health in the perinatal period.
- 2017- Sofia Pimenta’s PhD is examining how young people cope with symptoms of mental illness and how they cope with symptoms disclosed to them by friends.
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Honorary Research Member, Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing Research Clinic, University of Western Australia
30 Sep 2020 → …
- Developmental Psychology
- Mental illness stigma
- Screen media use
- Public health
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“I think; therefore I am”: Cognitive Distortions and Loneliness in Adolescents with Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Houghton, S., Page, A., Lawrence, D., Hunter, S. & Qualter, P.
1/01/21 → 29/12/23
Project: Research Grant
1/10/20 → 30/09/23
Adolescents' longitudinal trajectories of mental health and loneliness: the impact of COVID-19 school closuresHoughton, S., Kyron, M., Hunter, S., Lawrence, D., Hattie, J., Carroll, A. & Zadow, C., Feb 2022, In: Journal of Adolescence. 94, 2, p. 191-205 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile6 Citations (Scopus)113 Downloads (Pure)
Are images of seized knives an effective crime deterrent? A comparative thematic analysis of young people’s views within the Scottish contextCogan, N., Chin-Van Chau, Y., Russell, K., Linden, W., Swinson, N., Eckler, P., Knifton, L., Jordan, V., Williams, D., Coleman, C. & Hunter, S. C., 11 Jun 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Journal of Youth Studies.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile9 Downloads (Pure)
Kyron, M. J., Houghton, S., Lawrence, D., Page, A. C., Hunter, S. C. & Gunasekera, S., 27 May 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Child Psychiatry and Human Development. 11 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile8 Downloads (Pure)
Bystander intervention among secondary school pupils: testing an augmented Prototype Willingness ModelPagani, S., Hunter, S. C. & Elliott, M. A., 23 Mar 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: British Journal of Social Psychology.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)28 Downloads (Pure)
Hunter, S. C., Houghton, S., Kyron, M., Lawrence, D., Page, A. C., Chen, W. & Macqueen, L., Apr 2022, In: Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. 50, 4, p. 521-535 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile32 Downloads (Pure)
Simon Hunter (Editorial board member)12 Jun 2020 → …
Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work › Editorial activity
Rachel Taylor (Contributor), Rebecca Johnson (Contributor), Simon Hunter (Visitor), Nicola Cogan (Contributor) & Pat Corrigan (Contributor)4 Feb 2022
Activity: Other › Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation