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Academic Biography

Dr Stephanie Scott is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology in the School of Social Science, Humanities and Law at Teesside University.

She co-convened the British Sociological Association’s (BSA) North East Medical Sociology Group (2014-2017) and remains an active member, in addition to the BSA Alcohol and Youth Study Groups respectively. Dr Scott has secured research income with a total value of £1.2 million (ESRC, NIHR, CRUK, PHE, PHRC) and currently leads teaching provision of Youth Justice, Sociological Theory, and Advanced Criminological Theory, having previously led teaching provision of Mixed Methods in Health Research for Newcastle University at MSc. level. Dr Scott is committed to engagement and participation, and facilitates YPAGne. Her key research interests include sociology and social theory; youth risk and deviance; cultural criminology, use of mixed methods; system-level interventions; urban space; and corporate and policy influences on human behaviour. Recent work includes: a qualitative study of drinking practices and social identity in mid-adolescence informed by Bourdieu’s Theory of Practice and associated concept of social game-playing; a mixed method exploration of unhealthy eating behaviour and linked risky alcohol use in 18-25 year-olds, drawing on Goffman's notion of impression management; and the IDEA project, which aims to identify and describe ‘frames’ used by key policy stakeholders and/or commentators in relation to alcohol issues and policy solutions.

Summary of Research Interests

  • Sociology and Social Theory
  • Goffman
  • Bourdieu
  • Cultural Criminology
  • Criminology (general)
  • Gender
  • Risk
  • Deviance
  • Pleasure and leisure
  • Young People
  • Alcohol and Illicit Drugs
  • Eating behaviours
  • Commercial vectors
  • Urban Space
  • Engagement and involvement
  • Co-design
  • Youth Policy
  • Youth Justice
  • Research Methods
  • Qualitative methods
  • Mixed methods
  • Q methodology

Research Projects & External Funding

FOrwaRD: Is there a role for dually focused intervention in young adults (18-25) to tackle unhealthy eating and heaving drinking and effectively reduce future health inequalities? £255,000, Funded by the Public Health Research Consortium (CI) (2016-18)

Socio-ecological influences on adolescent alcohol use and linked unhealthy eating behaviours: systematic review and synthesis of qualitative studies. £5,131, Funded by Fuse (PI) (2017-2018)

IDEA: Identifying and Describing Alcohol Frames. £18,500, Funded by Cancer Research UK (CI) (2015-2016)

A multi-centre cluster-randomised controlled trial of screening and brief alcohol intervention to prevent risky drinking in young people aged 14-15 in a high school setting(SIPS JR-HIGH). £897,061, Funded by NIHR-PHRP (CI) (2014-2018)

Examining the evidence base for alcohol screening and brief interventions in the UK prison system. £20,000, Funded by Public Health England (CI) (2014)

Post and research core-funded by an ESRC Case PhD Studentship (Exploring Industry Driven Influences on Young People who Drink Alcohol) (2008-2012)

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Research Output 2003 2020

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Exploring the links between unhealthy eating behaviour and heavy alcohol use in the social, emotional and cultural lives of young adults (aged 18–25): A qualitative research study

Scott, S., Muir, C., Stead, M., Fitzgerald, N., Kaner, E., Bradley, J., Wrieden, W., Power, C. & Adamson, A., 1 Jan 2020, In : Appetite. 144, 8 p., 104449.

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Open Access
Qualitative Research
Feeding Behavior
Young Adult
Alcohol Drinking

A qualitative account of young people’s experiences of alcohol screening and brief interventions in schools: SIPS Jr-HIGH trial findings

Giles, E., McGeechan, G., Scott, S., McGovern, R., Boniface, S., Ramsay, A., Hendrie, N., McColl, E., Sumnall, H., Newbury-Birch, D. & Kaner, E., 21 Aug 2019, In : Journal of Public Health.

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Open Access
Alcohol Drinking
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Brief alcohol intervention for risky drinking in young people aged 14–15 years in secondary schools: the SIPS JR-HIGH RCT

Giles, E. L., Mcgeechan, G. J., Coulton, S., Deluca, P., Drummond, C., Howel, D., Kaner, E., Mccoll, E., Mcgovern, R., Scott, S., Stamp, E., Sumnall, H., Todd, L., Vale, L., Albani, V., Boniface, S., Ferguson, J., Gilvarry, E., Hendrie, N., Howe, N. & 4 others, Mossop, H., Ramsay, A., Stanley, G. & Newbury-birch, D., 8 May 2019, In : Public Health Research. 7, 9, p. i-134 134 p.

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Open Access
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Open Access
systematic review
Feeding Behavior
eating habits

The variability of outcomes used in efficacy and effectiveness trials of alcohol brief interventions: A systematic review

Shorter, G., Bray, J., Giles, E., O'Donnell, A. J., Berman, A. H., Holloway, A., Heather, N., Barbosa, C., Stockdale, K. J. K., Scott, S., Clarke, M. & Newbury-Birch, D., 30 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 80, 3, p. 286-298 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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