Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Hayley Alderson

Research Associate (SOLID Trial)



I am a Research Associate within the Institute of Health and Society. I am currently working on SOLID which is a pilot feasibility study of interventions to decrease risky substance use (drug and alcohol) and improve mental health of Looked After Children and care leavers aged 12-20 years.

Prior to working in academia I was a drug and alcohol practitioner and I have worked within a variety of substance misuse settings (criminal justice, residential and in the community) between 2004- 2016. I also have experience of working alongside a team of Social Workers within the Emergency Duty Team addressing Health and Social Care problems across North Yorkshire and York.


Ba (Hons) Criminology and Psychology- University of Northampton- 2004

MSc Criminology- Teesside University- 2007

PhD- Newcastley University- 2016 

Research Interests:

Substance Misuse

Criminial Justice

Mental Health

Young People


I have previously worked as an interventionist on the following projects

  • AESOPS project: a randomised controlled trial of the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of opportunistic screening and stepped care interventions for older hazardous alcohol users in primary care.

  • SIPS JR project looking at Developing and evaluating interventions for adolescent alcohol use disorders presenting through emergency departments.

  • ACCEPT: which is a pilot feasibility trial looking at brief interventions in a custody suite setting.




Social science tutor, Medicine in the community, MBBS, Newcastle University

Tutor, Essential Junior rotation in Public Health, Medical school, Newcastle University

Guest Lecturer MSc Health Policy- Newcastle University

I have also delivered guest lectures in partner universities Durham and Teesside on the following courses;

Tutor, BSc Criminology (Drugs and Society module)-Teesside University

Guest Lecturer MSc Contemporary Issues in drug use- Teesside University

Guest Lecturer MSc Social Work- Durham University