Susan Lagdon
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Dr Susan Lagdon is a Lecturer in Mental Health at Ulster University based within the School of Psychology and Institute of Mental Health Sciences.  Susan is a graduate of Ulster, having completed both BSc and PhD in the School of Psychology.  Whilst working as a post-doctoral research fellow at Queens University Belfast, Susan completed a project looking at Health and Social Care Professionals' Family Focused Practice with Parents who have Mental Illness, their Children and Families in Northern Ireland. During 2018/19 Susan was also the Trial Manager for The JACK Trial, a NIHR-funded Cluster RCT of a film-based sexual health intervention taking place in post-primary schools across the UK.  Susan’s core research interests centre on domestic and sexual violence and abuse, particularly the mental health implications of such interpersonal trauma for victims as well as impacts on children.  Susan completed her PhD during 2016 which focused on intimate partner violence, mental health and service experience in Northern Ireland. This worked included the publication of “Every Voice Counts”, a research report which looked at the Northern Ireland policing response to victims of intimate partner violence.  More recently, Susan and UU colleagues also published a short report entitled “If Everybody Helps!” evaluating the efficacy of Domestic Abuse Support Workers placed in Northern Ireland police stations in aiding the response to victims of partner violence.  Susan is currently working in partnership with IMHS, Northern Health and Social Care Trust and QUB colleagues on assessing Public Understanding of Coercive Control in Northern Ireland.  

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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