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Gillian Shorter

01642 34
Job title:
Research Fellow (ALRUK)
School of Health & Social Care
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Health & Social Care research

About Gillian Shorter

Gillian Shorter

Gillian Shorter
Research Fellow (ALRUK), School of Health & Social Care
T: 01642 34
Research: Health & Social Care research

Dr Gillian W Shorter (formerly Smith) is a senior member of the Alcohol and Public Health (ALPHA) team within the Institute and is the Project Manager for the Alcohol Research UK funded Outcome Reporting in Brief Intervention Trials (ORBIT) project. This project is associated with the International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol and Other Drugs (INEBRIA) Special Interest Group on Measuring Change from Alcohol Brief Interventions. Her primary research interest is how and what change is measured and conceptualised in addiction science. She has expertise in statistics (psychometrics, structural equation modelling and other latent variable analyses) and randomised trial methodologies (particularly internal/external pilot trials, alcohol brief intervention effectiveness or efficacy trials, trial conduct and problem solving, and trials of online interventions).

Gillian obtained her PhD from Ulster University in 2009, and her BSc (Hons) Psychology from University of Liverpool in 2003. She has previously worked at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ulster University, Nottingham Trent University, and the Department of Health, Social Services, and Public Safety. She also holds concurrent positions as the Lead Researcher for the Ulster University and Inspire Wellbeing partnership, and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra. She is a former Deputy Chair of the British Psychological Society 2013-2016, and a current member of the North South Alcohol Policy Advisory Group (Ireland), and New Strategic Direction in Alcohol and Drugs Policy Steering Group member (which advises on policy strategy and documentation in relation to Alcohol and Drugs in the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont). Gillian is on the Editorial Board for the journal Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy. She supervises one PhD student (based at Nottingham University). When Gillian is not working, she enjoys walks, dogs, dancing, scubadiving, and snowboarding.