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Celia Mason

Mental Health Research Fellow


I am a senior research assistant at Northumbria University and an ARC mental health research fellow in the Knowledge Mobilisation and Implementation Science (SKIM) theme. I currently work on the SafeST study and the HEAR evaluation study.

In October 2023 I will begin my PhD research funded by NINE DTP, with Northumbria as my host university. This research will examine the effects of austerity on mental health and in which way mutual aid groups can mitigate this. I plan to examine this through the lens of the Power Threat Meaning Framework. This work will be co-produced with members of the community in Gateshead, Newcastle and Tyneside.

Prior to working in academia, I worked in pharmacy, mental health and public health, leading to my interest in intersections of mental health, substance use and poverty.

Summary of research project 

The HEAR study:

I work on the “Implementation of mental HEAlth uRgent and emergency care interventions for frequent service use evaluation study (HEAR)”. The aim of the project is to understand how High Intensity User (HIU) interventions are implemented to support people with low and medium acuity mental health issues in urgent and emergency care settings. This is a mixed methods study funded by ARC.

We are working with three North East HIU services, speaking to staff and service users to gain insight into how the intervention is normalised and embedded into practice. To do so, we are using Normalisation Process Theory (NPT) to underpin the study. We will also use Social Network Analysis to understand how other services connect with the main HIU service.

One of the objectives of the study is to understand how to evaluate outcomes which are meaningful for staff and service users. Additionally, we are mapping services, referral pathways and identification of service users. NPT offers an insight into the implantation of HIU services and how they are perceived by staff and service users.

The HEAR study is funded until the end of September 2023 and findings will be published soon after.

Areas of interest

  • Drug and alcohol research
  • Health and social inequalities

Recent or relevant publications 

Gibson, C, Mason, C, Stones, CJ. Living Well with Lifestyle Medicine: A group consultation approach to delivering Lifestyle Medicine Intervention in Primary Care. Lifestyle Med. 2021; 2:e19. https://doi.org/10.1002/lim2.19

McLeod, E., Mason, C. and Swainston, K. (2022), Parents experiences of having an infant with early onset group B streptococcus infection. Br J Health Psychol, 27: 777-788. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjhp.12572


Get in touch

Email:  [email protected]

Twitter: @CeliaJoyMason
ORCID ID: 0000-0001-7053-871X