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Stephanie Scott

Stephanie Scott

About Stephanie Scott

Dr Stephanie Scott is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology in the School of Social Science, Humanities and Law at Teesside University. She co-convened the British Sociological Association’s (BSA) North East Medical Sociology Group (2014-2017) and remains an active member, in addition to the BSA Alcohol and Youth Study Groups respectively. Dr Scott has secured research income with a total value of £1.2 million (ESRC, NIHR, CRUK, PHE, PHRC) and currently leads teaching provision of Youth Justice, Sociological Theory, and Advanced Criminological Theory, having previously led teaching provision of Mixed Methods in Health Research for Newcastle University at MSc. level. Dr Scott is committed to engagement and participation, and facilitates YPAGne. Her key research interests include sociology and social theory; youth risk and deviance; cultural criminology, use of mixed methods; system-level interventions; urban space; and corporate and policy influences on human behaviour. Recent work includes: a qualitative study of drinking practices and social identity in mid-adolescence informed by Bourdieu’s Theory of Practice and associated concept of social game-playing; a mixed method exploration of unhealthy eating behaviour and linked risky alcohol use in 18-25 year-olds, drawing on Goffman's notion of impression management; and the IDEA project, which aims to identify and describe ‘frames’ used by key policy stakeholders and/or commentators in relation to alcohol issues and policy solutions.

Research interests and activities

Sociology and Social Theory

Goffman

Bourdieu

 Cultural Criminology

Criminology (general)

Gender

 Risk

Deviance

Pleasure and leisure

Young People

Alcohol and Illicit Drugs

Eating behaviours

Commercial vectors

Urban Space

 Engagement and involvement

Co-design

Youth Policy

 Youth Justice

Research Methods

Qualitative methods

Mixed methods

Q methodology

Research projects & external funding

 FOrwaRD: Is there a role for dually focused intervention in young adults (18-25) to tackle unhealthy eating and heaving drinking and effectively reduce future health inequalities? £255, 000; Funded by the Public Health Research Consortium (CI) (2016-18)

Socio-ecological influences on adolescent alcohol use and linked unhealthy eating behaviours: systematic review and synthesis of qualitative studies. £5, 131; Funded by Fuse (PI) (2017-2018)

 IDEA: Identifying and Describing Alcohol Frames. £18, 500;Funded by Cancer Research UK (CI) (2015-2016)

A multi-centre cluster-randomised controlled trial of screening and brief alcohol intervention to prevent risky drinking in young people aged 14-15 in a high school setting(SIPS JR-HIGH). £897,061; Funded by NIHR-PHRP (CI) (2014-2018)

 Examining the evidence base for alcohol screening and brief interventions in the UK prison system. £20,000; Funded by Public Health England (CI) (2014)

Post and research core-funded by an ESRC Case PhD Studentship (Exploring Industry Driven Influences on Young People who Drink Alcohol) (2008-2012)

Publications

 Scott S, Reilly J, Giles EL, Hillier-Brown F, Ells L, Kaner E, Adamson A. Socio-ecological influences on adolescent (aged 10-17) alcohol use and linked unhealthy eating behaviours: protocol for a systematic review and synthesis of qualitative studies. Systematic Reviews (in press)

Scott S, Shucksmith J, Baker R, and Kaner, E.  Hidden Habitus’: A Qualitative Study of Socio-Ecological Influences on Drinking Practices and Social Identity in Mid-Adolescence.  Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(6), 611; doi:10.3390/ijerph14060611

Haighton, C, Halligan, J, Scott, S. Is popular radio a source of exposure to alcohol references in the peri-retirement window? A content analysis. Journal of Public Health. 2016. pp. 1–9; doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdx046

Scott S, Parkinson K, Kaner E, Robalino S, Stead M, Power C, Fitzgerald N, Wrieden W & Adamson A. Non-pharmacological interventions designed to reduce health risks due to unhealthy eating behaviour and linked risky or excessive drinking in adults aged 18–25 years: a systematic review protocol, Systematic Reviews, 2017; 6 (1), Art. No.: 42.

Fitzgerald N, Critchlow N, Schölin L, Scott S, Angus K, Buykx P. The IDEA Project: Identifying and DEscribing Arguments in public health policy debates – a systematic typology and method. Bupa Foundation Fund Innovation Award: Final Report; 2016.

Scott S, Muirhead C, Shucksmith J, Tyrrell R, Kaner E. Does Industry-Driven Alcohol Marketing Influence Adolescent Drinking Behaviour? A Systematic Review. Alcohol and Alcoholism. 2016; 52 (1): 84-94; doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agw085

Giles EL, Coulton S, Deluca P, Drummond C, Howel D, Kaner E, McGovern R, Scott S, Stamp E, Sumnall H, Tate L, Todd L, Vale L, Boniface S, Ferguson J, Frankham J, Gilvarry E, Howe N, McGeechan GJ, Stanley G, Newbury-Birch D. A multi-centre individual-randomized controlled trial of screening and brief alcohol intervention to prevent risky drinking in young people aged 14-15 in a high school setting (SIPS JR-HIGH): Study protocol. BMJ Open: 2016; 6 (12): e012474

Scott S, and Kaner E. ‘Brief Alcohol Interventions’ in Alcohol Abuse and Liver Disease, Neuberger, J. and DiMartini, A. (eds). 2015. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK

Birch J, Scott S, Newbury-Birch D, Brennan A, Brown H, Coulton S, Gilvarry E, Hickman M, McColl E, McGovern R, Muirhead C, Kaner E. A pilot feasibility trial of alcohol screening and brief intervention in the police custody setting (ACCEPT): study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial. Pilot and Feasibility Studies. 2015; 1(6) DOI 10.1186/s40814-015-0001-7

Giles E, Scott S,  Coulton S,  Deluca P,  Drummond C, Graybill E,  Howel D,  Kaner E, McColl E,  McGovern R, Stamp E, Sumnall H, Tate L, Todd L, Newbury-Birch D. Development of a multicentre randomised controlled trial of screening and brief alcohol intervention to prevent risky drinking in young people in a high-school setting (SIPS JR-HIGH). The Lancet. 2015.  Volume 386, Special Issue, S37, 13 November 2015.

Newbury-Birch D, Scott S, O’Donnell A, Coulton S, Howel D, McColl E, Stamp E, Graybill E, Gilvarry E, Laing K, McGovern R, Deluca P, Drummond C, Harle C, McArdle P, Tate L, Kaner E.  A pilot feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial of screening and brief alcohol intervention to prevent hazardous drinking in young people aged 14-15 in a high school setting (SIPS JR-HIGH). NIHR Public Health Research Program Report. Public Health Res 2014;2(6)

Scott S, and Kaner E. Alcohol and public health – Heavy drinking is a heavy price to pay for populations (editorial). Journal of Public Health.  2014; 36(3): 396-98

 Scott S, Baker R, Shucksmith J, and Kaner, E. Autonomy, Special Offers and Routines: A Q Methodological Study of Industry-driven Marketing Influences on Young People's Drinking Behaviour. Addiction. 2014.  109: 1833–1844. doi: 10.1111/add.12663

Newbury-Birch D,  O’Neil S, O’Donnell A, Coulton S, Howel D, McColl E, Stamp E, Graybill E, Gilvarry E, Laing K, McGovern R, Deluca P, Drummond C, Harle C, McArdle P, Tate L, Kaner E.  Pilot feasibility c-RCT of screening and brief alcohol intervention in young people aged 14-15 in a high school setting: SIPS JR-HIGH. Alcoholism-Clinical And Experimental Research. 2014.  Volume 38, Issue Supplement s1, pages 1A–292A

O'Neil S, Baker R, Shucksmith J, Kaner E. Examining industry driven marketing influences on young people who drink alcohol: a mixed method exploration. Alcoholism-Clinical And Experimental Research. 2013. 37. 157A.

Newbury-Birch D, O'Neil S, Gilvarry E, Howel D, Stamp E, Laing K, McColl E, McGovern R, Harle C, O'Donnell A, Tate L, Coulton S, Deluca P, Drummond C, McArdle P, Kaner E. A feasibility trial of alcohol screening and brief interventions for risky drinking in young people in a high school setting in the UK: SIPS JR-HIGH. Alcoholism-Clinical And Experimental Research. 2013. 37. 147A

O'Neil S, Coulton S, Deluca P, Deverill M, Drummond C, Gilvarry E, Graybill E, Harle C, Howel D, Kaner E, McArdle P, McColl E, McGovern R, Speed C, Stamp E, Tate L, Newbury-Birch D. Brief intervention to prevent hazardous drinking in young people aged 14–15 in a high school setting (SIPS JR-HIGH): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials 2012, 13(166).

O'Neil S, Coulton S, Deluca P, Deverill M, Drummond C, Gilvarry E, Graybill E, Harle C, Howel D, Kaner E, McArdle P, McColl E, McGovern R, Speed C, Stamp E, Tate L, Newbury-Birch D. Screening and brief alcohol intervention to prevent hazardous drinking in adolescents aged 14-15 years in a high school setting (SIPS JR-HIGH): a feasibility pilot trial. The Lancet 2012, 380, S60.

 European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction: Children’s voices: experiences and perceptions of European children on drug and alcohol issues. 2010. Contribution to Chapter 3, Children’s experiences and perceptions of alcohol and drug consumption, pp17-26. Luxembourg: The Publications Office of the European Union. ISBN 978-929168-420-5. Doi: 10.2810/29962