Skip to main content

What community-based, public health interventions might have combined impacts on alcohol and substance misuse, domestic violence and mental health?

Kate Allen (Student)

Supervisors: Dr Vashti Berry, Chris Bonnel (LSHTM), Professor Tamsin Ford CBE (Cambridge) GJ Melendez Torres

This PhD study will investigate whether there are effective community-based interventions that could better serve families affected by multiple adversities, by responding to needs in more than one domain.

Despite a recognition of the overlap in risks for domestic violence, parental alcohol and drug misuse and poor mental health, service responses to these issues have developed along discrete lines (often with distinct paradigms and professional frameworks) and continue to be largely siloed in their commissioning and provision across public health, mental health, policing and social care.

The PhD will involve a series of inter-related studies that aim: to investigate what interventions delivered in the community might have combined impacts on all three public health issues; to use existing datasets to explore the prevalence of the ‘toxic trio’ in families, and the clustering of individual, family and community risk factors that might be addressed by early intervention; and to understand what current service-users and professionals consider would provide more effective support for children and families affected by violence, poor mental health and parental substance misuse.

Upcoming Events


Search Advice Clinic for Systematic...

South Cloisters 2.17, St Luke's Campus, University of Exeter

***We regret that this clinic is now fully booked: please visit our web page to choose an...
More information


PPI Advice Clinic

South Cloisters, St Luke's Campus, University of Exeter

Patient and Public Involvement Advice Clinics Held every month 30 minutes between 12pm-1pm Whatever your query, from finding...
More information



Groundbreaking scheme to support evidence-based policing launches

08 January 2020

Following on from the success of previous training programmes, our operational research team, PenCHORD, are...
Read more

PenARC researcher wins prestigious £200,000 Fellowship

17 December 2019

A healthcare researcher has secured a prestigious Post-Doctoral fellowship after a highly competitive selection process....
Read more

Fully-funded PhD studentship opportunity: Cluster randomised trials methodology

02 December 2019

PenARC are pleased to invite, in partnership with The University of Exeter’s College of Medicine...
Read more