Catriona Connell

catriona connell

Dr Catriona Connell

   

Biography

Dr Catriona Connell joined Edinburgh Napier University as a Lecturer on the integrated Allied Health Professions and Social Work Masters Programme in October 2019. I utilise mixed-methods in research focused on advancing positive community outcomes for people with criminal justice involvement.

Prior to this position, I was an NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow, completing a PhD by research whilst maintaining practice responsibilities as an occupational therapist in services for people with a diagnosis of personality disorder, and in forensic mental health. My doctoral research was an intervention development study, resulting in an intervention to meet the rehabilitative needs of people on probation.

With funding from the EU via a COST action I have been involved in international research and practice collaborations to understand why some people stay an above average length of time in forensic services. The Royal College of Occupational Therapists awarded me an Innovation Award to expand my research into forensic occupational therapy across Europe.

I am a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and recently completed a term on the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Board for Research and Development. I am an advisor to the Research Working Group for the NHS England Secure Care Clinical Reference Group, and provide research capacity development and consultancy to the Scottish Forensic Allied Health Professionals Network.

I am interested in the potential of applying established methodological approaches from different disciplines in novel ways to answer research questions that evade traditional methodologies, and in conducting research that results in improved quality of life for people facing challenges in their daily lives. I welcome enquiries from people interested in pursuing a PhD in the areas described above.

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Research Areas

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Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • NHS England Adult Secure Care Clinical Reference Group (CRG) - Research Working Group
  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists - Research and Development Board

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • NIHR/HEE Integrated Clinical Academic Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Member of Royal College of Occupational Therapists

 

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Reducing reoffending and improving health: Increasing occupational participation for people with criminal justice involvement and a personality disorder.

Presentation / Conference
Connell, C., Furtado, V., McKay, E., & Singh, S. (2019, October)
Reducing reoffending and improving health: Increasing occupational participation for people with criminal justice involvement and a personality disorder. Paper presented at Fifth International Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health, Edinburgh

External factors influencing length of stay in forensic services – a European evaluation

Journal Article
Connell, C., Seppänen, A., Scarpa, F., Gosek, P., Heitzman, J., & Furtado, V. (2019)
External factors influencing length of stay in forensic services – a European evaluation. Psychiatria Polska, 53(3), 673-689. https://doi.org/10.12740/PP/99299
Objectives. A growing number of patients whose length-of-stay in forensic services is above average length are identifiable in several European countries. Forensic services ar...

Recovery through work: service evaluation of the introduction of individual placement & support (IPS) services in secure mental health services

Presentation / Conference
Chambers, L., & Connell, C. (2019, June)
Recovery through work: service evaluation of the introduction of individual placement & support (IPS) services in secure mental health services. Poster presented at Royal College of Occupational Therapists 43rd Annual Conference and Exhibition, Birmingham
Chambers, L., & Connell, C. (2019, June). Recovery through work: service evaluation of the introduction of individual placement & support (IPS) services in secure mental healt...

People with severe problematic personality traits and offending histories: What influences occupational participation?

Journal Article
Connell, C., McKay, E. A., Furtado, V., & Singh, S. P. (2019)
People with severe problematic personality traits and offending histories: What influences occupational participation?. European Psychiatry, 60, 14-19. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eurpsy.2019.05.002
Background: Occupational participation is important for personality disordered offenders (PDOs) because it is integral to health and desistance from offending. What influences...

Outcomes of young people who reach the transition boundary of child and adolescent mental health services: a systematic review

Journal Article
Appleton, R., Connell, C., Fairclough, E., Tuomainen, H., & Singh, S. P. (2019)
Outcomes of young people who reach the transition boundary of child and adolescent mental health services: a systematic review. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 28(11), 1431-1446. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00787-019-01307-7
When young people reach the upper age limit of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), care should be transferred to an adult mental health service (AMHS) if they...

Effectiveness of mental health occupational therapy interventions in mental health: Advancing Research to develop the evidence base

Presentation / Conference
Connell, C., Inman, J., Birken, M., Bannigan, K., Morris, K., & Smyth, G. (2018, May)
Effectiveness of mental health occupational therapy interventions in mental health: Advancing Research to develop the evidence base. Poster presented at World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress, Cape Town, South Africa
This poster presented the need to improve and advance occupational therapy effectiveness research in mental health. It proposed the need to improve methodological quality, inc...

The World Health Organization’s concept of participation: A proposal for assessing mental health and evaluating outcomes in real world settings

Presentation / Conference
Connell, C., Birken, M., & Inman, J. (2017, November)
The World Health Organization’s concept of participation: A proposal for assessing mental health and evaluating outcomes in real world settings. Poster presented at European Network for Mental Health Service Evaluation (ENMESH), Groningen, the Netherlands
This poster proposed participation as an important outcome in mental health and the need for valid and reliable tools to measure it.

Advancing intervention effectiveness research in mental health occupational therapy

Presentation / Conference
Birken, M., Connell, C., & Inman, J. (2017, September)
Advancing intervention effectiveness research in mental health occupational therapy. Poster presented at Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section: Mental Health, Birmingham
This work proposed that advancing to advance occupational therapy intervention effectiveness research there needs to be consensus on the description of interventions, outcomes...

Occupational narratives to explore participation among offenders with personality disorder

Presentation / Conference
Connell, C., McKay, E., Furtado, V., & Singh, S. (2017, June)
Occupational narratives to explore participation among offenders with personality disorder. Paper presented at RCOT Annual Conference 2017, Birmingham
Background: Offenders with personality disorder (PDOs) experience worse health and desistance outcomes than other offender and mentally disordered groups, prompting significan...

What influences participation in prosocial occupation among offenders with personality disorder in the community, and how effective are current interventions? Two systematic reviews.

Presentation / Conference
Connell, C., Furtado, V., McKay, E. A., & Singh, S. (2017, March)
What influences participation in prosocial occupation among offenders with personality disorder in the community, and how effective are current interventions? Two systematic reviews. Paper presented at British and Irish Group for the Study of Personality Disorder 18th Annual Conference, Inverness
Connell, C., Furtado, V., McKay, E. A., & Singh, S. (2017, March). What influences participation in prosocial occupation among offenders with personality disorder in the commu...