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Dr Andrew Percy

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
Dr Andrew Percy

Dr Andrew Percy

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Dr Percy is a criminologist engaged in the study of adolescent development, in particular, the emergence of risk taking behaviours (in particular, alcohol, drug use and crime, which all peak in the teenage years).

His research has three core themes: a) examining the origins and outcomes of adolescent risk taking, b) testing interventions to prevent and reduction the immediate and long term harms associated with risk taking behaviours, and c) applying innovative quantitative methods and statistics to the study of adolescent development.

The objective of the research activity is to promote positive healthy adolescent development.

Research Interests

Open to PhD applications in the field of

  • Adolescent development
  • Risk taking behaviours
  • Alcohol, drug use and crime
  • Adolescent trauma and mental health problems
  • Prevention and harm reduction interventions
  • Randomised and quasi-experimental trials
  • Advanced quantitative methods and longitudinal research

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Public outreach & key achievements

Associate Editor, Journal of Adolescence
Vice Chair, ASCERT

Research students

PhD Title The Impact of State Intervention on the Work of Community-Based Restorative Justice Projects in Northern Ireland
Name Lauren Hogg
Country Northern Ireland
PhD Title  A Cognitive Behavioural perspective of emotional distress after a relationship breakup
Name Sylvia Buet Gonzalez,
Country Spain
PhD Title  An exploration of Prison Officer Types in the Irish Prison Service
Name Sinéad Meade
Country Ireland


Alumni: Where are they now

PhD Title A Family system perspective of teenage cannabis use
Name Dr Claire Cole
Year of Study 2014 - 2017
Country  Northern Ireland 
Current Position Research Analyst - Ireland, Lambert Smith Hampton
PhD Title Delinquent behaviour between the ages of 11-16 years: A secondary analysis of the Belfast Youth Development Study
Name  Dr Jaclyn Harron 
Year of Study 2009 - 2012
Country Northern Ireland
Current Position Data Analyst – Allstate Northern Ireland



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