Zoe is a second year PhD Researcher at Ulster University. Her research focuses on understanding alcohol dependence as defined by researchers, people with lived experiences of alcohol use disorder or dependence and people with lived experience of other types of dependence.
She completed an undergraduate in psychology in-2017, then completed an MSc in Applied Psychology and Mental Health Therapies in 2018, both of these were completed at Ulster University. Zoe has formerly worked in drug and alcohol services, as a project worker, floating support officer and an outreach worker. Working with those who experienced alcohol or drug dependence inspired her PhD Research. In particular it was evident that individuals’ perceptions of their dependence and their experience contributed to their ability to change or engage with treatment and support services. Current interests are; harm reduction, drug and alcohol dependency, service user experience(s).