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Dr Paul Best

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
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Dr Paul Best

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

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.

Research Interests

Open to PhD applications in the field 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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Public outreach & key achievements

  • Dr Best's work has led to a new video-conference based service for depression delivered by AWARE NI

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