Carla Prentice nee Nixon

Keywords: Financial stress, health, mediation analysis, longitudinal data

I graduated with a first class BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Queen’s University Belfast in July 2013. During this time I was selected to take part in the QUB School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy’s competitive internship programme with one of Northern Ireland’s main political parties. As part of this, I undertook an independent research project investigating the political disengagement of Protestant working class communities in Belfast, which consisted of a large component of qualitative analysis. I began my PhD in September 2015, focusing on the impact of financial stress on physical and mental wellbeing, particularly examining the mechanisms through which this relationship exists. This research is directed towards individuals experiencing financial stress, debt counselling professionals and, in particular, health care providers who can influence behavioural change.