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Katie Tyrrell

Research Associate


Katie Tyrrell

T: 01473 338573


Katie joined the University of Suffolk in 2017 after graduating with a MSc in Mental Health Research with distinction from the University of Nottingham. Katie is a member of the Suffolk Institute of Social and Economic Research (SISER). Since joining the University of Suffolk, Katie has worked alongside local, national and international organisations to investigate the impact of interventions, programmes and service delivery upon the welfare and wellbeing of people across the lifespan using both qualitative and quantitative methods. In her spare time, Katie is a student member of the SMaRteN research network, an initiative funded by UK Research and Innovation, led by King's College London, focusing on Student Mental Health in Higher Education. She is currently working on an Office for Students funded initiative to raise awareness of online abuse and improve student safety online, and is undertaking a PhD investigating online relationships. 


MSc in Mental Health Research, University of Nottingham, UK (2016)

BSc in Psychology, University of Sheffield, UK (2015)

Research Interests

Katie’s previous research projects focused on the applications of behavioural interventions across different clinical populations within the field of cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging. Katie’s research interests lie within applied psychology, including mental health and cyberpsychology research. She is particularly interested in young people’s wellbeing and their relationship with online environments.

Her recent research broadly covers wellbeing across the lifespan, youth justice, youth unemployment, revenge pornography and online abuse. She is also currently working on projects investigating the impact of physical activity upon wellbeing, and an evaluation of services for people with dementia and their families. Katie has recently completed evaluations of the Suffolk Diversion Programme for youth offenders and training packages provided by the Marie Collins Foundation (MCF) for professionals working alongside children who are victims of online abuse.

Professional Memberships:

Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS)

Ongoing projects:

Investigating Young Peoples Perceptions of Provision in Suffolk

Katie is leading on a project, working alongside Volunteering Matters, to investigate young peoples perceptions of their local community and provisions within their community, using social mapping and qualitative methods. 


Measuring Youth Social Action 

Katie is working alongside the Ipswich Opportunity Area, as an extension of her youth engagement work, to investigate the level of young peoples engagement in youth social action activities. 

Digital Civility: Creating a Community of Student Safety Online

Over the past year, Katie has been working on a project funded by the Office for Students focusing on raising awareness and improving university responses to online harassment, hate crime and risk. The project has involved input from national and international partners within online safeguarding, including training, facilitating workshops and conferences, as well as close collaboration with student services and the students union. The project has taken a mixed methods approach, with focus group interviews with students, as well as use of the Microsoft Digital Civility Survey, to identify experience and perception of online risk. 

Evaluation of the Sue Ryder Dementia Together Service 

Dementia Together, led by Sue Ryder, takes a community asset-based approach working in partnership with a number of organisations to deliver a peri-diagnostic dementia service for East and West Suffolk. The university team are in the final stages of evaluating the effectiveness of the service in providing support for key stakeholders, such as people living with dementia and their families, using a mixed methods evaluation framework. 

Journal articles:

Bond, E., & Tyrrell, K. (2018). Understanding revenge pornography: A national survey of police officers and staff in England and Wales. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 1-16. 

James, S., Bell, O. A., Nazli, M. A., Pearce, R. E., Spencer, J., Tyrrell, K., ... & Gurney, K. (2017). Target-distractor synchrony affects performance in a novel motor task for studying action selection. PloS one12(5),

Research reports and other publications:

Tyrrell, K (2018) Youth Engagement: Exploring methods of engagement and feedback on the Ipswich Opportunity Area delivery plan with young people. Ipswich: University of Suffolk. 


Phippen, A. Bond, E & Tyrrell, K (2018) Online Peer on Peer Abuse: A National Survey of Teachers and Safeguarding Leads in England and Scotland. Ipswich: University of Suffolk. 


Tyrrell, K & V, Rawlings (2018) Life Transitions: Well-being and Physical Activity. An evaluation of physical activity interventions in Ipswich and Stowmarket. Ipswich: University of Suffolk. 


Tyrrell, K.; Bond, E. Manning, M and Dogaru, C. (2017) Diversion, Prevention and Youth Justice: a model of integrated decision making: An evaluation of the Suffolk Youth Offending Service Diversion Programme. Ipswich: University of Suffolk. 


Bond, E. and Tyrrell, K. (2017) Findings from the online survey with professionals in Bedfordshire for MCF. Ipswich: University of Suffolk.

Tyrrell, K. and Bond, E. (2017) Well-being and online vulnerability for children aged 10-13 in Suffolk. Findings from three years of Suffolk Cybersurvey 2014-2016. Extension work for Better Policing Collaboration contract (ID: 2013-050) in support of the development of a multi-agency e-safety crime prevention (MESCP) initiative in Suffolk. Ipswich: University of Suffolk.

Cardoso, D., Tyrrell, K., Mancias Guerra, C., & Rikhraj, S. (2017). Chlorpromazine versus lithium for people with schizophrenia. The Cochrane Library

Published Abstracts and Conference Presentations:

Tyrrell, K & V, Rawlings (2018) 'Young people and Digital Wellbeing: Findings from a study with young people engaging in the National Citizen Service (NCS)' at A Childs World Conference 2018: New Shoes, New Directions, Aberystwyth, Wales. 

Tyrrell, K. (2017) 'Youth unemployment: Addressing real needs through social enterprise' at Looking for New Horizons: The Circular Economy, ICESBA, Bucharest, Romania.