GLEPHA PHD WorkshopIn Edinburgh, we are launching our inaugural Postgraduate Workshop which will be held on the 19th of October 2019.

The GLEPHA Postgraduate Organising Committee members are:


Pamela Jane Ritchie

Twitter: @Pamela_JRitchie

Pamela is a first year PhD student within the School of Health and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University, researching the risk for vulnerability of suicide in intimate partner violence victims, both here in Scotland and in Hong Kong.  She holds an Msc in Psychology and Mental Health; and a BA (Hons) in Social Sciences: Specialism Psychology.  Whilst only commencing her PhD six months ago, Pamela is a representative for the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR); establishing the Edinburgh Universities Groupings Network.  She has previously worked with the Medical Research Council on the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Survey; The Social Emotional Educational Development Project; GoWell Longitudinal Research Study; and the Football Fans In Training Study.  She has previously volunteered at the Army Barracks in Collington, assisting Army Personnel as a mentor and as a befriender to those in the Learning Centre and the Personal Recovery Centre.

Pamela is returning to education to follow her passion in pursuing her PhD within the field of domestic violence, whilst establishing key links that occur with vulnerability assessment in suicide victims.  Her research interests include mental health, the wider impacts of domestic and sexual violence on victims, including the greater impact on males, perinatal mothers, children and vulnerable people; with a particular focus on law enforcement and public health.


Katie Gambier-Ross

Twitter: @kgambierross

Katie is in the second year of her PhD in the School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh. Using novel qualitative approaches, Katie’s research explores the experience of ‘going out’ from the perspective of people affected by dementia. Her work aims to inform search strategies for people with dementia who are reported missing and more widely, it aims to support people with dementia to live independently in a safe and supportive environment.

Alongside her PhD research, Katie tutors at the university, is a founding member of the International Consortium for Dementia and Wayfinding and is a PhD representative for the Scottish Institute of Policing Research (SIPR). Katie’s wider research interests range from the intersection of law enforcement and vulnerable groups (particularly those with neurocognitive disorders), trauma-informed care and supporting the ageing population.


Kate Thomson

Twitter: @katethomson14

Kate is a final year PhD student at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), researching agency responses to child sexual exploitation in Scotland. She is an Associate Lecturer in Psychology and Criminology departments, holding an MSc in Forensic Psychology and an MA in Psychology. Kate has substantial practical experienceworking in community and secure settings with children, young people and adults affected by a range of issues, including abuse, addiction, mental health and offending.

Alongside her PhD research, she currently works as a Behaviour Specialist with young people at risk of exclusion from school. She is also a trained First Responder at GCU, supporting those affected by sexual and gender based violence, and is a PhD representative for the Scottish Institute of Policing Research (SIPR). Kate’s interdisciplinary research interests relate to support of ‘at risk’ children and young people, police responses to ‘vulnerable’ groups and strengths-based approaches to child protection and criminal justice.


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