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Academic Biography

Hannah Poulter is a Research Associate for the Evaluation and Impact Team in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law. She graduated from Leeds University with first class honours in Psychological Science and was awarded a distinction in her MSc in Health Psychology and Clinical Skills from Teesside University. Hannah also has a University Advanced Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Studies and Skills from the University of Derby.

Summary of Research Interests

Prior to joining Teesside University in 2019, Hannah had worked in a variety of roles in the housing sector, most recently as Research Analyst on the Policy and Research Team at Thirteen Housing Group. In this role she was responsible for delivery of a range of qualitative and quantitative research projects on issues affecting Thirteen and their customers, including the impact of welfare reform. Earlier experiences within the Business Development Team included working on a number of strategic projects in the employability and skills sector, including the development of grants and bids. One of these projects, the DWP’s and ESF’s Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) programme, has ensured over 1.5million pounds of public funds has been distributed across the Tees Valley, and has supported over 1200 people with employment, education or training. 

Hannah also has experience as a support worker, and worked in settings with young parents, individuals experiencing mental health difficulties, families within the social care system, homelessness individuals and with people with drug and alcohol dependency issues.

Hannah is interested in research which focuses on reducing health inequalities and increases psychological, physical and social wellbeing for vulnerable groups; community resilience and engagement. Her current research focus includes the relationship between in-work poverty and health behaviours. She is interested in addiction research and support interventions, with her previous research focusing on legal highs.

Research Projects & External Funding

PHE Food Environments. Awarded May 2020. Public Health England. Total grant: £29707. Co-Investigator

Mental Health Trailblazer Evaluation. Awarded April 2020. North of England Commissioning Support Unit. Total grant: £19931. Co-Investigator.

You've Got This Intervention Mapping. Awarded March 2020. Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council. Total grant: £20,549. Co Investigator. 

Enhancing Place-Based-Partnerships in public engagement. Awarded December 2019. UK Research & Innovation. Total grant: £27,585. Co-Investigator.

Evaluation of Heroin Assisted Treatment Pilot Programme. Awarded October 2019. Public Health Middlesbrough; Total grant: £6,434. Principal Investigator.