t.s.parkes -at- stir.ac.uk
Tessa is a member of the Centre’s research team for Violence, Mental Health & Substance Use.
She is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Stirling.
She is also a Research Fellow with the Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia and Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Human and Social Development, University of Victoria.
She has experience in the statutory and non-statutory health, social care and housing/homelessness sectors as a front-line support worker, mental health nurse and manager. She has been extensively involved in providing consultancy, training and evaluation services to a wide variety of organisations in order to create service improvement.
She has 15 years experience of a wide variety of research and knowledge exchange activities in the UK and Canada, including in the field of problematic substance use.
Her research interests include interconnections between violence, mental health and substance use, alcohol interventions, opioid substitution therapies, relationality in treatment and peer/client self-advocacy and leadership. She is currently leading two NHS Health Scotland/Scottish Government projects on alcohol: an alcohol health needs assessment for Scottish prisoners and a national evaluation of alcohol brief interventions in primary care.