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Dr Best’s research has focused on areas relating to digital mental health, dementia care, participatory data analyses and physical activity. He has developed a new theoretical model for online help seeking and has published a systematic review regarding the impact of online technologies on adolescent well-being. Dr Best is also a keen supporter of user involvement within research and, along with colleagues in the Centre for Public Health, has developed a novel approach to participatory data analyses known as Participatory Theme Elicitation.

Dr Best has been successful at attracting a number of grants as Principal Investigator relating to digital mental health and dementia care. He is also a Co-I on four other funded projects (totalling £341,584 of grant income) related to either mental health or digital mental health. These projects include the development of an online, peer-led, support group for depression; an evaluation of the Dementia NI service; an online social prescribing platform for suicide bereavement; an evaluation of community delivered trauma focussed CBT for young people and the coproduction of physical activity based programmes for those with enduring mental health issues.

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Open to PhD applications or collaborations with other academics/organisations in the fields of 

  • Mental Health Research (General)
  • Social Work
  • Digital Mental Health
  • Interventions within Health and Social Care
  • Dementia Care
  • School Based Interventions
  • Help-seeking
  • Coproduction/participatory research
  • Virtual reality and immersive technologies
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