Tessa Parkes

Lecturer in Substance Use; Deputy Convener DRNS


Dr Tessa Parkes is Director of the Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research at the University of Stirling and is grantholder and Deputy Convenor of the Drugs Research Network Scotland. Tessa has expertise in the field of drug and alcohol (prevention, treatment, harm reduction, policy analysis, peer-delivered interventions) homelessness/housing, mental health, and social inequalities. She has experience as a front-line worker and manager in the health, social care and housing/homelessness sectors, and as a mental health nurse. She has experience of undertaking substance use / mental health research in England and Canada, as well as in Scotland, and is passionate about the potential of research partnerships with people with experiential knowledge/peers and affected family members. She has served on many related committees including the Scottish Government’s Partnership for Action on Drugs in Scotland Executive group, the Dundee Drugs Commission, and Scotland’s new drug-related deaths Task Force.