Dr Jack Melson

  • Lecturer in Mental Health (Mental Health & Wellbeing)

Biography

Jack joined the Institute of Health and Wellbeing in December 2014, where he is now a Lecturer in Mental Health. Prior to this role, Jack held several research posts at the University of Glasgow and University of Dundee.

He obtained his Ph.D in the psychology of alcohol-misuse prevention and measurement from the University of Strathclyde, where he also received BA (Hons) and Masters in Research Methods degree awards in psychology.

He is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, a member of Scottish Government's Distress Brief Intervention Programme Board, Transport Sector Vulnerable Persons Group and between 2017-20 he was an Associate Editor of BMC Pilot and Feasibility Studies.

Research interests

Jack is interested in understanding and improving individual and population health and wellbeing. As a member of Professor Rory O’Connor’s Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory his work seeks to enhance understanding of the aetiology and prevention/management of self-harm, suicidal behaviour and emotional distress; and the translation of this knowledge to develop and implement complex interventions. He is also interested in health behaviour change, particularly alcohol-related behaviour, measurement and the design and development of brief interventions for alcohol problems. His current work bring together these interests, with projects focusing on enhancing understanding of the role of alcohol-related factors in self-harm and suicidal behaviour as well as ongoing development, implementation and extension of a national Distress Brief Intervention ('DBI') in Scotland.

Publications

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2021

O'Connor, R. C. et al. (2021) Mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic: longitudinal analyses of adults in the UK COVID-19 Mental Health & Wellbeing study. British Journal of Psychiatry, 218(6), pp. 326-333. (doi: 10.1192/bjp.2020.212) (PMID:33081860) (PMCID:PMC7684009)

2020

Zortea, T. C. , Cleare, S. , Melson, A. J. , Wetherall, K. and O'Connor, R. C. (2020) Understanding and managing suicide risk. British Medical Bulletin, 134(1), pp. 73-84. (doi: 10.1093/bmb/ldaa013) (PMID:32435794)

2019

Melson, A. J. and O'Connor, R. C. (2019) Differentiating adults who think about self-harm from those who engage in self-harm: the role of volitional alcohol factors. BMC Psychiatry, 19, 319. (doi: 10.1186/s12888-019-2292-3)

Kirtley, O. J., Melson, A. J. and O'Connor, R. C. (2019) Future-oriented constructs and their role in suicidal ideation and enactment. In: Hirsch, J. K., Chang, E. C. and Kelliher Rabon, J. (eds.) A Positive Psychological Approach to Suicide. Series: Advances in mental health and addiction. Springer: Cham, pp. 17-36. ISBN 9783030032241 (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-03225-8_2)

2018

Crombie, I. K. et al. (2018) Texting to Reduce Alcohol Misuse (TRAM): main findings from a randomised controlled trial of a text message intervention to reduce binge drinking among disadvantaged men. Addiction, 113(9), pp. 1609-1618. (doi: 10.1111/add.14229) (PMID:29855105)

Irvine, L., Melson, A. J. , Williams, B., Sniehotta, F. F., Humphris, G. and Crombie, I. K. (2018) Design and development of a complex narrative intervention delivered by text messages to reduce binge drinking among socially disadvantaged men. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 4, 105. (doi: 10.1186/s40814-018-0298-0)

Crombie, I. K. et al. (2018) Text message intervention to reduce frequency of binge drinking among disadvantaged men: the TRAM RCT. Public Health Research, 6(6), pp. 1-156. (doi: 10.3310/phr06060) (PMID:29927564)

Irvine, L., Crombie, I. K., Swanson, V., Dimova, E. D., Melson, A. J. , Fraser, T. M., Barbour, R., Rice, P. M. and Allan, S. (2018) Design and feasibility testing of a novel group intervention for young women who binge drink in groups. PLoS ONE, 13(3), e0193434. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0193434) (PMID:29494683) (PMCID:PMC5832245)

2017

Irvine, L. et al. (2017) Modifying alcohol consumption to reduce obesity: a randomized controlled feasibility study of a complex community-based intervention for men. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 52(6), pp. 677-684. (doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agx067) (PMID:29016701)

Irvine, L., Melson, A. J. , Williams, B., Sniehotta, F. F., McKenzie, A., Jones, C. and Crombie, I. K. (2017) Real time monitoring of engagement with a text message intervention to reduce binge drinking among men living in socially disadvantaged areas of Scotland. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 24(5), pp. 713-721. (doi: 10.1007/s12529-017-9666-z)

Crombie, I. K. et al. (2017) Modifying Alcohol Consumption to Reduce Obesity (MACRO): development and feasibility trial of a complex community-based intervention for men. Health Technology Assessment, 21(19), (doi: 10.3310/hta21190) (PMID:28414020)

2016

Melson, A. J. , Monk, R. L. and Heim, D. (2016) Self-other differences in student drinking norms research: the role of impression management, self-deception and measurement methodology. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 40(12), pp. 2639-2647. (doi: 10.1111/acer.13241) (PMID:27699801)

2012

Melson, A. J. and Davies, J. B. (2012) Interpreting questionnaire design effects: an update on Melson et al. (2011). Addiction, 107(10), pp. 1883-1884. (doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2012.03988.x) (PMID:22962960)

Martinus, T., Melson, A. J. , Davies, J. B. and Mclaughlin, A. (2012) The ‘social norms’ approach to alcohol misuse prevention: Testing transferability in a Scottish secondary school context. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 19(2), pp. 111-119. (doi: 10.3109/09687637.2011.627066)

2011

Melson, A. J. , Davies, J. B. and Martinus, T. (2011) Overestimation of peer drinking: error of judgement or methodological artefact? Addiction, 106(6), pp. 1078-1084. (doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2011.03392.x) (PMID:21306598)

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Number of items: 15.

Articles

O'Connor, R. C. et al. (2021) Mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic: longitudinal analyses of adults in the UK COVID-19 Mental Health & Wellbeing study. British Journal of Psychiatry, 218(6), pp. 326-333. (doi: 10.1192/bjp.2020.212) (PMID:33081860) (PMCID:PMC7684009)

Zortea, T. C. , Cleare, S. , Melson, A. J. , Wetherall, K. and O'Connor, R. C. (2020) Understanding and managing suicide risk. British Medical Bulletin, 134(1), pp. 73-84. (doi: 10.1093/bmb/ldaa013) (PMID:32435794)

Melson, A. J. and O'Connor, R. C. (2019) Differentiating adults who think about self-harm from those who engage in self-harm: the role of volitional alcohol factors. BMC Psychiatry, 19, 319. (doi: 10.1186/s12888-019-2292-3)

Crombie, I. K. et al. (2018) Texting to Reduce Alcohol Misuse (TRAM): main findings from a randomised controlled trial of a text message intervention to reduce binge drinking among disadvantaged men. Addiction, 113(9), pp. 1609-1618. (doi: 10.1111/add.14229) (PMID:29855105)

Irvine, L., Melson, A. J. , Williams, B., Sniehotta, F. F., Humphris, G. and Crombie, I. K. (2018) Design and development of a complex narrative intervention delivered by text messages to reduce binge drinking among socially disadvantaged men. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 4, 105. (doi: 10.1186/s40814-018-0298-0)

Crombie, I. K. et al. (2018) Text message intervention to reduce frequency of binge drinking among disadvantaged men: the TRAM RCT. Public Health Research, 6(6), pp. 1-156. (doi: 10.3310/phr06060) (PMID:29927564)

Irvine, L., Crombie, I. K., Swanson, V., Dimova, E. D., Melson, A. J. , Fraser, T. M., Barbour, R., Rice, P. M. and Allan, S. (2018) Design and feasibility testing of a novel group intervention for young women who binge drink in groups. PLoS ONE, 13(3), e0193434. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0193434) (PMID:29494683) (PMCID:PMC5832245)

Irvine, L. et al. (2017) Modifying alcohol consumption to reduce obesity: a randomized controlled feasibility study of a complex community-based intervention for men. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 52(6), pp. 677-684. (doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agx067) (PMID:29016701)

Irvine, L., Melson, A. J. , Williams, B., Sniehotta, F. F., McKenzie, A., Jones, C. and Crombie, I. K. (2017) Real time monitoring of engagement with a text message intervention to reduce binge drinking among men living in socially disadvantaged areas of Scotland. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 24(5), pp. 713-721. (doi: 10.1007/s12529-017-9666-z)

Crombie, I. K. et al. (2017) Modifying Alcohol Consumption to Reduce Obesity (MACRO): development and feasibility trial of a complex community-based intervention for men. Health Technology Assessment, 21(19), (doi: 10.3310/hta21190) (PMID:28414020)

Melson, A. J. , Monk, R. L. and Heim, D. (2016) Self-other differences in student drinking norms research: the role of impression management, self-deception and measurement methodology. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 40(12), pp. 2639-2647. (doi: 10.1111/acer.13241) (PMID:27699801)

Melson, A. J. and Davies, J. B. (2012) Interpreting questionnaire design effects: an update on Melson et al. (2011). Addiction, 107(10), pp. 1883-1884. (doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2012.03988.x) (PMID:22962960)

Martinus, T., Melson, A. J. , Davies, J. B. and Mclaughlin, A. (2012) The ‘social norms’ approach to alcohol misuse prevention: Testing transferability in a Scottish secondary school context. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 19(2), pp. 111-119. (doi: 10.3109/09687637.2011.627066)

Melson, A. J. , Davies, J. B. and Martinus, T. (2011) Overestimation of peer drinking: error of judgement or methodological artefact? Addiction, 106(6), pp. 1078-1084. (doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2011.03392.x) (PMID:21306598)

Book Sections

Kirtley, O. J., Melson, A. J. and O'Connor, R. C. (2019) Future-oriented constructs and their role in suicidal ideation and enactment. In: Hirsch, J. K., Chang, E. C. and Kelliher Rabon, J. (eds.) A Positive Psychological Approach to Suicide. Series: Advances in mental health and addiction. Springer: Cham, pp. 17-36. ISBN 9783030032241 (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-03225-8_2)

This list was generated on Thu Oct 28 05:08:02 2021 BST.

Grants

Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.

  • Developing a Distress Brief Intervention
    NHS Health Scotland
    2016 - 2021
     

Supervision

Jack welcome's enquiries from potential students on topics relevant to his areas of expertise 

 

Current PGR students
  • Daniel Jon Stopforth
  • Elvan Unlu

Teaching

Dr Melson coordinates the following courses on the Masters in Global Mental Health programme: 
  • Dissertation
  • Global Mental Health and Disability: Internatonal Law and Policy

Professional activities & recognition

Prizes, awards & distinctions

  • 2020: Best Research Supervisor (University of Glasgow Student Representatives Council)
  • 2019: Distress Brief Intervention programme - winner in Care for Mental Health category (Scottish Health Awards)
  • 2010: Conference presentation commendation (PsyPag)
  • 2007: Gustav Jahoda Prize for outstanding academic performance (University of Strathclyde)

Editorial boards

  • 2017 - 2020: BMC Pilot and Feasibility Studies (Associate Editor)

Professional & learned societies

  • 2017: Chartered Member, British Psychological Society
  • 2017: Ordinary member, British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology
  • 2018: Ordinary member, UK Society for Behavioural Medicine