Prof Amy O’Donnell – Professor of Applied Health and Social Care Research
ARC NENC Deputy Theme Lead – Prevention, Early Intervention and Behaviour Change
Amy O’Donnell is Professor of Applied Health and Social Care Research at the Population Health Sciences Institute, Newcastle University. Recently awarded a NIHR Advanced Fellowship, she leads a programme of research focused on optimising global health and social care systems to better support people with multiple long term conditions, specifically co-occurring substance use, mental and physical ill-health.
Alongside her NIHR Advanced Fellowship, which examines the potential of using digital technology to better coordinate care for co-morbid alcohol use disorder and depression, she is also PI/Co-investigator on several evaluations of new models of care in the substance use and mental health fields, including: the £1.7m NIHR Health and Social Care Delivery Research-funded Alcohol Care Teams evaluation; the NIHR Three Schools Evaluation of the North East Alcohol Recovery Navigators; and the NIHR ARC Evaluation of the Wakefield Mental Health Navigator Scheme. Additionally, Professor O’Donnell is co-lead for Project 3 of the NIHR Mental Health Implementation Network, focussed on integrated treatment strategies for substance use with mental and physical ill-health, Co-I on an NIHR Programme Development Grant project on alcohol and mental health care pathways, and part of a Newcastle University collaboration with the University of Edinburgh’s Advanced Care Research Centre (funded by Legal & General).
Professor O’Donnell is also Associate Editor for the journals Alcohol and Alcoholism and Advances in Dual Diagnosis, Chair of the National Swedish Research Council’s Public Health Sciences Funding Review Panel and elected Treasurer of INEBRIA (International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol and Other Drugs).