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Dr Sharon Mallon

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer (Mental Health)
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
  • Health and Social Care
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Professional biography

Sharon Mallon (BSc. Ph.D) commenced her research career as an analyst working on drug trials for cancer patients. After working for the NHS for a number of years Sharon completed her primary degree in Social Policy with the Open University in 2003.

In February 2010 Sharon was awarded a PhD by UCLAN for a qualitative study of young adults' suicides from the perspective of their friends. In her thesis she concentrated on the young persons’ experiences of creating an explanation for their friend’s death and the role these explanations played in influencing their own attitudes towards suicide and mental wellbeing.

She has worked on a range of research projects focusing on suicide postvention and prevention including the RaPSS (Response and Prevention of Student suicide) study. This collaborative research project undertaken by the University of Central Lancashire, King’s College London and the suicide prevention charity PAPYRUS, was the first in-depth UK study of student suicide. She was also involved in the forthcoming Understanding Suicide report which will detail findings from an indepth study of suicide prevention and postvention in Northern Ireland.

As part of her work on this project Sharon has interviewed many family members, staff and friends of people who have taken their own life.

She has published and presented her work both nationally and internationally.



Patterns and predictors of help-seeking contacts with health services and general practitioner detection of suicidality prior to suicide: a cohort analysis of suicides occurring over a two-year period. (2016-04-30)
Leavey, Gerard; Rosato, Michael; Galway, Karen; Hughes, Lynette; Mallon, Sharon and Rondon, Janeet
BMC Psychiatry, 16, Article 120
Substance misuse in life and death in a 2 year cohort of suicides (2016-03-01)
Galway, Karen; Gossrau-Breen, Diana; Mallon, Sharon; Hughes, Lynette; Rosato, Michael; Rondon-Sulbaran, Janeet and Leavey, Gerry
British Journal of Psychiatry, 208(3) (pp. 292-297)
Patterns of Presentation for Attempted Suicide: Analysis of a Cohort of Individuals Who Subsequently Died by Suicide (2015-05-23)
Mallon, Sharon; Rosato, Michael; Galway, Karen; Hughes, Lynette; Rondon-Sulbaran, Janeet; McConkey, Sam and Leavey, Gerard
Suicide and Life Threatening Behaviour, 45(3) (pp. 335-344)
Insights into the processes of suicide contagion: Narratives from young people bereaved by suicide (2015-03-18)
Bell, Jo; Stanley, Nicky; Mallon, Sharon and Manthorpe, Jill
Suicidology Online, 6(1) (pp. 43-52)
Creation of a death by suicide: How do bereaved young adults come to understand the death of a friend as suicide? (2015-01-12)
Mallon, Sharon and Stanley, Nicky
Crisis, 36(2) (pp. 142-147)
Robin Williams headlines make my work as a suicide researcher seem futile (2015-08-14)
Mallon, Sharon
The Conversation, London.
Towards an understanding of bereavement in the pathway to suicide (2015-01)
Mallon, Sharon and Galway, Karen
Northern Ireland Assembly


Dr Hannah Marston and her book Mobile e-Health

Book published and Keynote presentations in 2018

2018 seems to be turning into a busy year for Dr Hannah R. Marston, Research Fellow in the Health & Wellbeing Priority Research Area (H&W PRA). Hannah has recently published Mobile e-Health with colleagues from Swansea University and the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada; and Hannah will be a keynote presenter at two conferences this year.

10th January 2018
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