Landale, Sarah

Dr Sarah Landale

Researcher 1A, Psychology
Sarah completed her undergraduate and master’s degrees in Criminology and Social Research at Northumbria University (2000-2005), and worked as a researcher and analyst for the Home Office Drug Interventions Programme (2003-2007). She completed her PhD at Durham University (2011), funded by twelve Drug Action Teams in the North East of England and the Football Foundation. Her research examined desistance and recovery from chronic alcohol and other drug problems, and the role of sport as a change-agent. The study was longitudinal and qualitative, following forty-two addicts over the course of one year. A life course theory of informal socials controls informed the findings, and the research highlighted the need for meaningful, routine activities in the community, which people can engage in during and after treatment. Sarah is currently a Research Associate at Glasgow Caledonian University (2012-present), in the Psychology Department, working on the Alba Project, funded by the Scottish Government. The pilot study is trialling the effectiveness of a parenting programme with fathers who are convicted of domestic abuse. The multi-agency project involves close partnership working with Criminal Justice Social Work, the Domestic Abuse Courts, Police Scotland, and victim advocacy and support organizations. The intervention aims to improve health and safety outcomes for children and victim / survivors, and increase positive relationships and parenting skills among the fathers. A mixed methods approach is being used to evaluate the findings. Sarah’s areas of particular interest are health, wellbeing, social inclusion, desistance and recovery from addiction and violent offending.